Texas Lawmaker Moves to Raise Minimum Wage

The fight for minimum wage to be raised from $7.25 to $15 an hour is being lead by a Texas law maker.


By Princess Sinkambe, Staff Writer

Minimum wage has been raised twenty-eight times since the federal standard was raised in 1928. Several presidents, democratic and republican alike, have witnessed the change in minimum wage levels. It has been nine years since the federal minimum wage has last been raised.

The fight for a higher minimum wage in Texas is being lead by state representative, Ron Reynolds. He is pushing for a minimum wage of $15, essentially doubling the minimum wage from what it currently is.

Back in November, Reynolds brought the House Bill 194 to legislation. If the bill goes through, the bill would take effect as soon as September 1, 2019. An increase in minimum wage can significantly improve people’s quality of life.

According to Fox News 4, Reynolds stated, “Raising the minimum wage in Texas to $15 an hour will put more money into the pockets of hard-working Texans and it is a critical step in creating an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.”

Other states, such as New York and California, have slowly been increasing their minimum wage to $15.

Minimum wage has often been a debated topic throughout the years. As of right now 29 states are above the Federal minimum wage, which is currently at $7.25 an hour. Though raising minimum wage can benefit many American citizens, it can also have negative retributions as well. There’s always two opposing perspectives in every situation.