Senate Not Likely To Block Minimum Wage Increase Attempts

Dec 2, 2016

Local leaders who are 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.

“He believes the constitutional provision, if I understand his opinion right, the constitutional provision would prohibit state municipalities from altering the minimum wage so unless that’s not accurate which somebody needs to convey to us I’m not sure that it’s necessary,” said Faber.

In the meantime, a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 is set to get a vote in May of next year.