Repeal 62.0515

The 78th Legislature (2003) passed HB 804 prohibiting Texas municipalities from adopting local minimum wage laws for private employers

Problem:
The cost of living varies by urban and rural cities across the state of Texas varies. Although we support a state $10 minimum wage and a $4 tipped wage indexed to inflation, it will never happen at the state level as we saw this past legislative session.

Solution:
The only hope to reach a $10 minimum wage for private employers is to repeal section 62.0515 of the Texas constitution enabling cities and counties to set their own minimum wage for private employers.

Texas Constitution
Code – Labor Code
Chapter 62 – Minimum Wage
Section 62.0515 – application of minimum wage to certain governmental entities; certain agreements with governmental entities

 

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