Senator Jeff Yarbro introduced the Tennessee Minimum Wage Act in Nashville this week. The minimum wage would become 15 dollars per hour starting July 1st, 2020 if SB 1788 is passed.

Yarbro also filed SB1797, which would move the minimum wage for state employees to $15 as well.

The minimum wage is in its 11th year without a rise, the longest such period in the history of the country since the minimum wage was introduced. During that time the cost of living has increased 20 percent across the board, however gasoline, rent/housing, insurance and food such as beef have seen much sharper spikes, costing as much as 50 percent more on average vs 11 years ago.

Do you agree that the state should set a higher minimum wage? If not 15 dollars at what would you suggest the new wage be set?

SB 1788

Salaries and Benefits – As introduced, increases, from $7.25 to $15, the minimum hourly wage for employees within the state. – Amends TCA Title 50, Chapter 2.

SB 1797

Salaries and Benefits – As introduced, requires the state to provide employees compensation equivalent to at least $15.00 per hour. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8, Chapter 23; Title 9; Title 49; Title 50 and Title 54.