Representative Jason Crow

Representing the 6th District of Colorado

Rep. Jason Crow Co-Sponsors Raise the Wage Act

January 17, 2019
Press Release
Bill would raise the minimum wage to $15 over the next six years; the minimum wage has not been raised in nearly a decade

Today, Rep. Jason Crow signed on to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024 and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

“For too many hard-working Coloradans, the American dream remains out of reach as our minimum wage fails to keep pace with the cost of living. I grew up in a working class family and worked in construction to help pay my way through college. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse, especially for women and communities of color,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “It is our responsibility to make sure every hard-working American is paid a living wage.”

According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $15 would increase wages for nearly 30% of the workforce

The Raise the Wage Act would:

  • Gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 over the next six years to lift millions of workers out of poverty, stimulate local economies, and restore the value of minimum wage;
  • Index future increases in the federal minimum wage to median wage growth to ensure the value of minimum wage does not once again erode over time;
  • Guarantees tipped workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by repealing the subminimum wage for tipped workers, which will ensure consistent, livable pay;
  • Guarantees teen workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by repealing the rarely used subminimum wage for youth workers; and
  • End subminimum wage certificates for individuals with disabilities to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be competitively employed, taxpaying citizens and participate more fully in their communities.

To read the bill text of the Raise the Wage Act, click here.

 

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