This was deadline week for bills to move from House committees to the floor for potential votes.
Of great concern is Amendment 1 to HB 198, a measure that would increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Supporters argue that businesses should be able to afford an 80-percent increase in labor costs over four years. NFIB opposes any increase to the state minimum wage.
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NFIB also opposes Senate Bill 1296 and House Bill 2771, legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to full- and part-time workers. Both bills passed out of committee this week. NFIB is urging legislators to oppose the measures when they come up for a vote before the full Senate and House.
The Senate did not vote on the major elements that make up the “Grand Bargain” as it appears to have lost any momentum it had when first introduced. It included an income tax hike, a new sales tax on services, a minimum wage increase, and negligible workers’ comp reform. An alternative budget proposal was introduced that would make $5billion in cuts to the state budget but still increase taxes as outlined above.