Raising Minimum Wage?

Raising Minimum Wage?

Kelby Crawford

There has been a bill proposed that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.65 an hour. It also outlines specific changes to help restaurant workers and college students with summer internships. HB 2866 would ensure that people who work on tips, like waiters and waitresses, are making the new minimum wage. Oklahoma law currently allows employers to offset the hourly wage paid by tips. If passed, this bill would still allow employers to offset the hourly wage paid by tips. The employers would just be responsible for reporting the tip amounts to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in order to say that their employees are making $8.65 per hour minimum. Also, if students who work at internships for at least 10 hours a week would have to be compensated for the minimum wage amount. 

 

There’s also another minimum wage bill that will be up for debate in the Senate when the new legislative session starts on February 3. That bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. Over a $3 raise for many Americans! The last time the minimum wage was raised was 2009. Having these bills pass could stimulate consumer spending, help businesses bottom lines, and grow the economy overall.