I am happy to report that I have introduced the $15 an hour minimum wage bill this week; House Bill 315.
This is good news for all working Georgians. Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15 an hour but many of the state employers pay the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In many instances workers earning these wages cannot afford the basic necessities of life and end up receiving food stamps so they can eat. This amounts to an indirect government subsidy of the firms which employ these people, is a burden on the workers and is not fair to the tax paying public.
I am always fighting for my constituents in District 100. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions. Here is my contact page from my website.
Rep Dewey McClain
Georgia House District 100
The 2015 Georgia State Assembly session will start in the beginning of January. In preparation, I and State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), have prefiled a bill which, if passed, would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Our bill, House Bill 8, provides for annual minimum wage increases to match the rising cost of living and would eliminate various eligibility exemptions from the minimum wage law.
I don’t feel anybody can survive on the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. In fact, $15 an hour is still almost a poverty wage. At $15, a worker would only gross approximately $31,000 a year and net $20,000 or less annually.
I know I have the support of my fellow Democrats for this bill. The big challenge will be convincing the Republicans to support the increase. In all honesty, could any of them live on that wage?
With Neil of IATSE at the Workers Action on Walmart