Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage

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HJR 26 by Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer is a strong bill that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The proposal is scheduled for consideration on today’s House legislative calendar.

CPPP’s recent analysis found that one in four Texans would get a raise if the minimum wage was increased to $10.10. The analysis showed that 60 percent of those who would benefit are workers in their prime working years aged 25-54. Almost half of these workers live with children, and 43 percent have at least some college education. Contrary to popular myths that the bulk of minimum wage workers are teens, only 3.1 percent of workers who would benefit from the increase to $10.10 are teenagers aged 16-18.

In many Texas cities such as Austin or Houston, it would take nearly two full-time minimum wage jobs just to cover basic expenses for one person. The report also cites recent evidence that raising the minimum wage is not connected to significant job loss, and that it may result in small employment gains.

For a fact sheet on what raising the minimum wage would do in several major Texas counties, click below:

STATE OF TEXAS
BEXAR COUNTY
CAMERON COUNTY
DALLAS COUNTY
EL PASO COUNTY
HARRIS COUNTY
HIDALGO COUNTY
TARRANT COUNTY
TRAVIS COUNTY

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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