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Democratic Legislators Push For Hike In Ohio Minimum Wage

Hannah Halbert, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Hannah Halbert, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.

Democratic Ohio lawmakers are making another effort to raise the state’s minimum wage.

Ohio House and Senate Democrats are backing a new bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Currently, Ohio's minimum wage is tied to inflation changes, and currently stands at $8.30.

A new report by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows the poorest 30 percent of Ohio’s workers have lost about 40 cents an hour in pay since 1979. Hannah Halbert, of Policy Matters Ohio, says a lot of people can’t make ends meet anymore.

“Seven out of 10 of Ohio’s most common jobs are in occupations that have a median wage less than 130 percent of poverty for a family of three,” Halbert says.

The Democratic lawmakers say they say they know the GOP-dominated legislature is unlikely to embrace it. So they say they’re hoping people will pressure lawmakers, and they’re also not ruling out a ballot issue.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.