(The Center Square) – A number of bills intended to increase wages for workers have been filed this legislative session by Democrats in the North Carolina Senate.
Most of the bills are aimed at ensuring a $15 an hour wage for North Carolinians.
A recent Meredith College Poll showed most North Carolinians support increasing the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour. Nearly 80% of survey respondents either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with raising the minimum wage.
Gov. Roy Cooper recommended increasing salaries for noncertified K-12 school employees to $15 an hour in his budget proposal. Lawmakers have proposed Senate Bill 412 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for the cohort of school workers. The bill’s primary sponsors are Sens. Sarah Crawford, D-Franklin; Kirk deViere, D-Cumberland; and Michael Garrett, D-Guilford. It has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage believe doing so would raise businesses’ labor costs, which could result in fewer jobs, fewer hours and fewer benefits for workers.
The Heritage Foundation has estimated raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in North Carolina would result in 330,000 jobs lost.
Here is a roundup of other legislation that target wage laws, all of which are waiting to be considered by the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate:
SB 447 and SB 673 repeal minimum wage exemptions for domestic and agricultural workers.
Lawmakers must approve the bills in both chambers of the General Assembly before they are sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for final consideration.