Minimum Wage

Overview
The 2011 Ohio Minimum Wage is $7.40 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.70 per hour for tipped employees (plus tips). The 2011 Ohio Minimum Wage drops to $7.25 per hour for employees whose employers gross $271,000 or less per year and employees who are 14 & 15. This is a rise from the 2010 Ohio Minimum Wage which was $7.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.65 per hour for tipped employees (plus tips). Other changes from last year's minimum wage to the current minimum wage were that in 2010 the employer who pays employees $7.25 had a maximum gross of $267,000. The main argument concerning minimum wage is its ability to reduce poverty. Some feel that rising minimum wage may tremendously help poverty, whiles others feel that this idea is futile and that there are other ways to help poverty.

"2011 Ohio Minimum Wage." Ohio.gov. Department of Commerce. Web.

"2010 Ohio Minimum Wage." Ohio.gov. Department of Commerce. Web.

History

Analysis
Economist Nathan Newman, policy director of the newly formed Progressive Legislative Action Network, says raising the minimum wage is a direct, non-bureaucratic to help the work force earning minimum wage to keep their heads above water, at no cost to tax payers, he's quoted saying "For that 5 to 10 of the population, it's the most important anti-poverty program that exists." Jeff Chapman, an economist at the pro-wage-raise Economic Policy Institute opposes Newman's claims with his statement "A lot of people who are poor don't work and wouldn't benefit.

Katel, Peter. "Minimum Wage - Would Raising the Minimum Reduce Poverty." CQ Researcher Online. CQ Press, 16 Dec. 2005. Web. 3 Mar. 2011.
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