Ohio Republicans attack state’s minimum wage law

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 14:43 EDT
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R)
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Republicans in the Ohio State Senate are pushing to weaken a minimum wage law that was enshrined in the state’s Constitution in 2006.

A provision in the Ohio Senate GOP’s omnibus budget measure aims to raise the eligibility requirements for beneficiaries of the constitutional amendment establishing the state’s minimum wage at $6.85 per hour, slated to rise annually alongside inflation. The state’s minimum wage has since been higher than the federal minimum wage.

The language, first caught by the Ohio political blog Plunderbund, reads:

By narrowing the parameters of the constitutional amendment, Ohio’s Legislative Service Commission concludes that the bill “[m]ay result in fewer individuals subject to the minimum wage.”

The legislation comes after Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a controversial GOP-led measure to weaken collective bargaining rights for public sector unions.

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[h/t ThinkProgress]

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