Bill 312 would raise the minimum wage to $9.20 cents an hour in January of 2017.
Guam – As promised Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz has introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage.
Bill 312 would raise the minimum wage to $9.20 cents an hour in January of 2017. Then it would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 cents an hour by January of 2018. Cruz introduced this bill to finish what he started when he first introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage in 2014. At the time he wanted to raise it in 3 increments up to $10.10 cents an hour but he didn’t have the support for it so he compromised and only raised it to $8.25 an hour with the caveat that the Department of Labor provide an economic impact analysis. Cruz wanted this analysis because at the time the business community strongly opposed the bill claiming it would be bad for business and bad for the economy. DOL was supposed to have turned in the analysis at the end of April but the Vice-Speaker says they haven’t even awarded the bid to begin conducting the analysis.
“The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been ever the social welfare snap hasn’t sky rocked in fact people have come off the welfare rolls. The economy has been doing really much better,” said Vice-Speaker Cruz.
The Senator says that with this in mind it’s time to raise the minimum wage. “The Director of Administration when we were talking about the retirement bill said that 19 thousand was not a living wage and breaking that down that’s ten dollars and ninety cents an hour,” said Cruz.
The Vice-Speaker says those currently making minimum wage can’t wait much longer for an increase.