AUSTIN-This week, Representative Justin Rodriguez filed House Bill 954, which would enable and empower counties and municipalities to establish a local minimum wage greater than the current federal minimum of $7.25. Twenty-nine other states, and D.C., have adopted a minimum wage above the federal minimum, but not Texas. With the cost of living on the rise, a wage of $7.25 per hour impedes Texans’ ability to prosper economically and stymies their purchasing power.
“Under current wage laws, many hardworking Texans are forced to take on more than one job to make ends meet and support their families,” Representative Rodriguez stated today.
The proposed bill would repeal the minimum wage preemption law passed in 2003, and restore localities ability to adopt higher wages. Additionally, this bill would require any private entity that enters into a contract or agreement with the county or municipality, to pay the respective minimum wage to its employees.
“Increasing the minimum wage should be a priority for everyone–it is common sense and long overdue. The people of Texas deserve better,” added Rodriguez.