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Columbus city leaders say all full-time permanent city employees will now make at least $15 per hour.

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The Ohio State University plans to increase its minimum wage for non-union and Wexner Medical Center employees to $15 an hour starting next year.

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The top elected Democrat in Ohio wants to take on what he calls “corporate freeloaders” – companies with workers whose wages are so low that they qualify for government assistance. 

The proposal from Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown would, as he puts it, restore the value of work. He wants to restructure trade deals such as NAFTA, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and improve retirement benefits.

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A slew of bills that in other years might have been too controversial to touch not only got hearings at the Statehouse this year. They passed.

For six years, Janet Folger Porter of Faith 2 Action tried to get lawmakers to pass what’s known as the “Heartbeat Bill’, a plan that makes abortion illegal at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

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Cleveland officials hoping state lawmakers will block a plan to increase the minimum wage might not get any help from the Senate. 

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville has suggested that a plan to stop cities from raising the minimum wage might pop up during lame duck. But Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina says an opinion filed by Attorney General Mike DeWine has already answered that question.

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About a hundred people rallied for a fifteen dollar minimum wage outside of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport today.  The demonstration was part of a national, union-organized day of action.  

The Service Employees International Union organized rallies in Cleveland and other cities across the country. SEIU already represents city workers at Cleveland Hopkins and outside, near the arrivals area, airport employee and SEIU organizer Sandra Ellington says she’s out to support lower wage workers.

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Ohio’s 34 House Democrats are all up for re-election, along with their 65 Republican colleagues. But the Democrats are not letting their low numbers set them back as they think about what bills they plan to push in the lame duck session this fall and beyond. 

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Ohio’s attorney general is jumping into the debate over raising the minimum wage in Cleveland by saying it should be handled by the state instead of on the local level. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the Ohio Constitution gives the power to raise the minimum wage through laws, which he says only the state legislature can pass.

“Based on that we believe that the correct reading of the constitution is that cities cannot pass their own minimum wage laws.”

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Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly said Brown estimated the value of the changes at $12 million. It should have read $12 billion.

Vice President Joe Biden was in Columbus Wednesday to make an official announcement about new labor rules that are surprising the country. 

The downtown Columbus headquarters for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was packed as Vice President Joe Biden announced new rules that extend the eligibility for workers to get paid overtime.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Cleveland City Council is introducing legislation to set the minimum wage at $15. Throughout the state and the country, there are repeated calls for increasing the minimum wage. 

Democratic State Representative Kent Smith wants to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, giving more than a million Ohioans a raise.

“And 2.1 billion would get circulated in the Ohio economy.”

Cleveland Considers Raising The Minimum Wage to $15/hr

May 12, 2016
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City of Cleveland

Cleveland City Council will begin consideration next week of legislation to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. Yesterday, backers 'Raise Up Cleveland' filed enough signatures with the board of elections to put the issue before council. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, at least one council member says the wage hike is not a done deal.