The war against the worker continues in states like Nevada where, more than a year after President Obama called for a minimum wage increase during the 2013 State of the Union address and 10 states took the challenge, state Senator Joe Hardy is determined to make life that much harder for the little man.
Hardy (R-of course) has introduced legislation that would do more than just keep the state from going forward on minimum wage — it’d actively repeal the state’s minimum wage constitutional amendment. A constitutional amendment that was approved by the voters in 2006.
The legislation sponsored by Hardy would strip the amendment and give control of the minimum wage to the legislature. This is regressive in a way that has even the likes of Texas, Louisiana, and yes, even Mississippi, the poster child for harmful reactionary policies, beat. The aforementioned states at least have a minimum wage.
Nevada Democrats aren’t taking this challenge setting down. Senator Tick Segerblom sponsored legislation that would mandate a constitution minimum wage of $15 an hour for people without health insurance. That’s almost double what the current minimum wage is in the state, and while a $15 an hour minimum wage is rare, it’s gaining traction in a number of cities.
The federal minimum wage has been stagnant for the last six years. If it’d kept up with inflation, it’d be more than $10 an hour, but if it’d kept up with worker productivity, it’d be more than $20.
And that last figure tells you all you need to know about the myth of “hard work making you rich.”
[h/t and photo credit TP]