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Kansas Legislature

Kansas House rejects minimum wage increase

State has the lowest in the nation

February 21, 2007

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— The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected an attempt to increase the state minimum wage, which at $2.65 per hour is the lowest in the nation.

There were 56 votes to increase the state minimum wage to the same level as the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. But there was were 63 votes, all Republicans, against it.

Supporters of the increase said it was a moral issue to help low-income workers.

"This is a crime against humanity," said Rep. Geraldine Flaharty, D-Wichita. "Kansans deserve better."

The state minimum wage affects 19,000 workers, mostly in service or agricultural jobs, who aren't covered by the federal minimum wage law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

But opponents of the increase in the state minimum wage said it would be too costly to small businesses and cause employers to lay off workers.

"This is one of the greatest superstitions of all, that if you raise the minimum wage you are doing anybody any favors," said state Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe.

Rep. Benjamin Hodge, R-Overland Park, argued against the increase saying the state should avoid "European-style socialist bills."

An earlier motion to do away with a state minimum wage failed 56-62.

Twenty-eight states have state minimum wage rates higher than the federal minimum.

Sixteen states have set their state rate at the federal wage and five have no minimum wage; those include are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Of states with a state minimum, only Kansas' is lower than the federal wage. Kansas hasn't increased its state minimum wage since 1988.

Congress also is considering increasing the federal minimum to $7.25 an hour, which would be the first increase in 10 years.

For House Democrats, defeat of the increase cut down one of their goals for the session.

Comments

jprich 8 years, 6 months ago

I love this:

"... five [states] have no minimum wage; those include are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee."

Who wouldn't be proud to be just above this group of states?!

ksmattfish 8 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know where I can find information on how many pay raises, and how much, the Kansas House and Senate have given themselves since 1988?

spammer89 8 years, 6 months ago

Thats some info i would like know, i say raise it help some of the people out for a damn change get people off welfare. I bet they make more than me...

gwjayhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

Could anyone tell me jobs in particular this affects? I know it says service and agriculture jobs, but does someone have an example? I just wanted some clarification.

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 6 months ago

ksmattfish wondered "where I can find information on how many pay raises, and how much, the Kansas House and Senate have given themselves since 1988?" One place might be the Governor's Constituent Services Office, http://www.governor.ks.gov/contact.htm

youngitized 8 years, 6 months ago

This is a complete travesty. Those Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Once again this just prooves that Republicans don't stand for the people of Kansas. I would have to call them Rethuglicans now.

christie 8 years, 6 months ago

I think they should pass a law that ALL Kansas Government Workers and Elected Officials get no more than Minimum Wage.

It's funny, they give MILLION dollar tax breaks to companies, and deny working people a wage. And they call that "European-style socialist bills".

If you want to move forward put your car in (D)emocrat. If you want to go backwards put your car in (R)epublican.

KsTwister 8 years, 6 months ago

Sure appears like corporations rule Kansas, they sure hate to pay more for cheap immigrant labor. I'll agree with No more pay increases for congressmen it is only right.

zimmerman 8 years, 6 months ago

Does the Journal World have a list of all the Representatives who voted against increasing the minimum wage? I'd really like to know who all these people are.

KS 8 years, 6 months ago

Most businesses in Kansas are under the Federal Wage and Hour laws. Like English being the official language, this too, is a non-issue.

drewdun 8 years, 6 months ago

"Rep. Benjamin Hodge, R-Overland Park, argued against the increase saying the state should avoid "European-style socialist bills."

That's awesome.

"European-style socialist bills" - Classic. This line seems to be the new meme among wingnuts, manna from the Chamber of Commerce.

What's even better is that this nutcase is not from Lakin or Ark City or even Hugoton....he's from the middle of the most populous county in Kansas.

Johnson County - so many people, so little sense.

KS 8 years, 6 months ago

drewdun - Are you surprised to learn that Lawrence is not the only place stupid people live?

white_mountain 8 years, 6 months ago

The whores in Congress AND the Whore-in-Chief President Bush - are selling out our country to illegal aliens - and they don't care what the minimum wage is.

The meat butcher and construction industries in Kansas are populated mainly by illegals, who make LESS than minimum wage, and who work for NO BENEFITS, NO WORKMAN'S COMP, and NO RETIREMENT plan.

We need to end illegal immigration and start paying American citizens BETTER wages.

white_mountain 8 years, 6 months ago

Or end illegal immigration and reduce EVERYONE'S taxes.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 6 months ago

A great victory for low-wage earners! As I've stated before, the correct minimum wage is $0.00.

Mike Blur 8 years, 6 months ago

Agnostick...are you also Dambudzo?

I'm confused by the 6:45 pm post.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 6 months ago

"I waited tables and tended bar for almost 8 years, in my teens and 20s."

Uh...and you probably made more than $2.65 per hour after you calculate tips that you most likely did not claim on your taxes. Am I right? Most good servers and bar tenders make well over what the salaried workers and some managers make in the service industy.

Worked in the front and back of the house and managed, I KNOW how it works. Quit your crying.

Kaw Pickinton 8 years, 6 months ago

Topeka - La casa de Kansas el miercoles rechazó una tentativa de aumentar el salario mÃ-nimo del estado, que en $2.65 por hora es el más bajo de la nación. HabÃ-a 56 votos para aumentar el salario mÃ-nimo del estado al mismo nivel que el salario mÃ-nimo federal de $5.15 por hora. Pero habÃ-a era 63 votos, todos los republicanos, contra ella. Los partidarios del aumento dijeron que era una edición moral para ayudar a trabajadores de ingreso bajo. "esto es un crimen contra humanidad," dijo a Representante Geraldine Flaharty, D-Wichita. "Kansans merece mejor." El salario mÃ-nimo del estado afecta a 19.000 trabajadores, sobre todo en servicio o los trabajos agrÃ-colas, que no son cubiertos por la ley federal del salario mÃ-nimo, segðn el departamento de ESTADOS UNIDOS del trabajo. Pero los opositores del aumento en el salario mÃ-nimo del estado dijeron que serÃ-a demasiado costoso a las pequeñas empresas y que harÃ-a a patrones despedir a trabajadores. "este es una de las supersticiones más grandes de todos, de que si usted levanta el salario mÃ-nimo que usted está haciendo a cualquiera cualquier favor," representante dicho Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe del estado. Representante. Benjamin Hodge, parque de R-Overland, discutido contra el aumento que dice el estado debe evitar "cuentas del socialista del Europeo-estilo." Un movimiento anterior para eliminar un salario mÃ-nimo del estado falló 56-62. Veintiocho estados tienen tarifas de salario mÃ-nimo del estado más arriba que el mÃ-nimo federal. Dieciseis estados han fijado su tarifa del estado en el salario federal y cinco no tienen ningðn salario mÃ-nimo; esos incluyen son Alabama, Luisiana, Mississippi, Carolina del Sur y Tennessee. De estados con un mÃ-nimo del estado, solamente Kansas es más bajo que el salario federal. Kansas no ha aumentado su salario mÃ-nimo del estado desde 1988. El congreso tambien está considerando el aumentar del mÃ-nimo federal a $7.25 por hora, que serÃ-a el primer aumento en 10 años. Para los demócratas de la casa, la derrota del aumento redujo una de sus metas para la sesión.

TAKE THAT KANSAS!

white_mountain 8 years, 6 months ago

can the anti-English only people provide a translation for us please?

Mauidreaming 8 years, 6 months ago

Typical republicans and their not giving a crap about anyone but themselves.

I too, would like to know who voted it down.

Also, we don't need to go after the illegals in this country. That is a losing battle. What we need to do is go after the slaughterhouse owners like Tyson and similar companies that go down to Mexico and ship these desperate people up to the states to do the crap work that most people in this country won't do. I'd like to see just what the percentage is of Americans working on the kill floor and other areas of these dispicable companies compared to illegal Mexicans. I'm sure it is mostly illegal Mexicans.

And what I find hilarious is when companies like Tyson are interviewed about this issue, they play stupid and act like they know nothing about illegals working for them. They know darn good and well what's going on, especially when they send their own recruiters and buses down to Mexico to recruit these illegals and bring them up here. Start fining the crap out of these companies and shutting down their businesses for a day, and then you'll see the illegals population decline. This is such a no brainer folks!!!

youngitized 8 years, 6 months ago

There is one Republican who voted for the wage increase: Dale Swenson out of Wichita

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