A higher minimum wage will trigger thousands of layoffs in lower-paying jobs, hurting, rather than helping, Ohioans that proponents say they want to help.
“Voters have already approved a minimum wage, making Ohio one of the few states where the minimum wage is embedded in our constitution,” said Ohio Restaurant Association Director of Government Affairs Joe Rosato. “And Ohio’s minimum wage is already adjusted annually for inflation.”
The proposal seeks to increase the minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That amount would then increase in 50-cent increments each year until it reaches $12 an hour in 2021. It would then be adjusted annually for inflation.