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Tell Your Representative to Oppose the $15 Federal Minimum Wage

House Leadership is expected to schedule a vote to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 in increments of about $1.30 per hour beginning in 2019. By 2025, the minimum wage will be indexed to median wages and calculated annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bill would eliminate the wage for youths under the age of 20 by 2027 through gradual increases in the rate of pay every year.

NGA believes a $15 federal minimum wage creates an uneven playing field between large and small businesses. Some large supermarket chains may have the profit margins or cash reserves to afford to raise wages to a $15 level, but small independent grocers would suffer, especially those located in low-income and rural communities. In addition, elimination of the youth wage would discourage employers from hiring young workers under a $15 minimum wage because of their lack of experience, limited skill set, and short-term job commitment.

Please tell your Representative to oppose the Raise the Wage Act when it comes up for a vote!