……And as expected, Georgia Republicans oppose it.
State Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, announced that he will introduce a bill in the General Assembly to boost the state’s minimum and to peg it to inflation so it will automatically rise in the future. He said the chances of success were enhanced by the poll.
State Rep. Jerry Keen, R-St. Simons Island, the majority leader in the House, opposes the increase.
“I personally don’t support it. You start eliminating part-time jobs for young people when you raise it,” he said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle article “Majority backs boost in state minimum pay”
The poll that Sen. Brown is referencing is the one done by the University of Georgia Survey Research Center between Sept. 25 and Oct. 11 among 600 adults. According to this poll, “nearly 90 percent of Georgians surveyed favor raising the state’s minimum wage”.
The last time Georgia’s minimum wage was increased was back in 1997. It’s time to raise the minimum wage again, and I honestly don’t understand why Jerry Keen and the Georgia Republican Party are against giving Georgians a raise.
They’ve earned it.
NOTE: This was cross-posted at Georgia Politics Unfiltered.