minimum wage increase

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Ohioans are one step closer to voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage. 

Attorney General Dave Yost certified the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” because it had the necessary signatures and its summary language was deemed to be fair and truthful.

J.B. SILVERS
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Healthcare providers across Ohio have taken steps to raise wages for their lowest-paid workers. Akron Children’s Hospital announced this week that its minimum wage will increase to 15 dollars an hour by next year.

University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and MetroHealth have planned similar increases.

J.B. Silvers teaches healthcare finance at Case Western Reserve University. He said this is part of a nationwide push to raise the minimum wage.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

During a digital forum with young Ohioans, the candidates for governor — Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray —laid out what they thought about the possibility of a minimum wage increase. 

Democratic Nominee Rich Cordray says it’s time to raise the minimum wage, stopping short of saying exactly what he thinks it should be.

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The Cleveland mayor’s office says about 500 city workers would see their pay rise to a minimum of $15 an hour under a proposal by Mayor Frank Jackson. Labor groups gave their reaction to the raise.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1 represents janitors at the airport and city buildings. Some number of its members would see their pay go up, the union says. Exactly how many wasn’t clear.

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THE STATE OF OHIO

State lawmakers have come back to Columbus to start their new year and new session, with the same House Speaker and House Minority Leader. Both of them talked about what happened in the long and confusing end of last year’s session, and what’s ahead.

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Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st. 

A voter-approved constitutional amendment a few years ago means the required pay for most minimum wage workers will increase by five cents an hour - or about $2.00 for a 40-hour week. The increase is tied to inflation.

Ohio workers got a bigger increase in 2016 when the wage increased by 15 cents an hour.