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2018 Legislative Initiative Petition 4: Increase statewide minimum wage mandate
Introduced in the Senate on September 5, 2018
To make it unlawful to pay a worker less than $12.00 per hour by 2022, by gradually increasing the current $9.25 per hour mandate. Also, to eliminate a lower minimum wage imposed on employers of tipped workers by 2024, which is 38 percent of the minimum wage for others. (Under current law, a tipped-worker’s employer must still pay the difference between the lower amount and the regular minimum wage if tips come up short.) The measure would also increase a lower minimum wage that applies to 16- and 17-year-olds, and change the basis on which the current minimums are indexed to inflation.   Official Text and Analysis.
Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on September 5, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To make it unlawful to pay a worker less than $12.00 per hour by 2022, by gradually increasing the current $9.25 per hour mandate. Also, to eliminate a lower minimum wage imposed on employers of tipped workers by 2024, which is 38 percent of the minimum wage for others. (Under current law, a tipped-worker’s employer must still pay the difference between the lower amount and the regular minimum wage if tips come up short.) The measure would also increase a lower minimum wage that applies to 16- and 17-year-olds, and change the basis on which the current minimums are indexed to inflation.
Note: If the measure were placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of voters, any future amendments would require a ¾ supermajority vote in the House and Senate. But if enacted by the legislature like a regular bill it can amended later with a simple majority vote. Negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the November, 2018 election, in particular its elimination of a separate minimum wage for tipped workers.
Received in the House on September 5, 2018
Passed 78 to 28 in the House on September 5, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To make it unlawful to pay a worker less than $12.00 per hour by 2022, by gradually increasing the current $9.25 per hour mandate. Also, to eliminate a lower minimum wage imposed on employers of tipped workers by 2024, which is is 38 percent of the minimum wage for others. (Under current law, a tipped-worker’s employer must still pay the difference between the lower amount and the regular minimum wage if tips come up short.) The measure would also increase a lower minimum wage that applies to 16- and 17-year-olds, and change the basis on which the current minimums are indexed to inflation.
Note: If the measure were placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of voters, any future amendments would require a ¾ supermajority vote in the House and Senate. But if enacted by the legislature like a regular bill it can amended later with a simple majority vote. Negotiations are underway over amending the measure after the November, 2018 election, in particular its elimination of a separate minimum wage for tipped workers.

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