No increase in minimum wage in Tennessee
18 states raised their minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2018. Tennessee continues to have the lowest minimum wage in the country. Tennessee also has the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs in the country. When will Republicans stop obstructing and give Tennesseans a raise? The current minimum wage in Tennessee is the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
Governor Haslam seems to think Tennessee is attractive to companies because of the extraordinary talent here. Maybe it is because we have one of the cheapest labor forces in the country. His tweet on August 24, 2017:
“Philips is investing 800 jobs in Middle TN. Companies around the world are recognizing the workforce talent in TN.”
Yes, we do have extraordinary talent here in Tennessee. We also work cheap. Our neighbors Arkansas ($8.50) and Missouri ($7.75-$9.00 depending on size of the company) seem to be able to attract jobs in spite of their higher minimum wage.
The Tennessee Democratic Party has identified increasing the minimum wage as a priority and has adopted a position supporting a $15 minimum wage. TNDP Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement:
“Governor Haslam doesn’t know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. He is opposing a minimum wage bill by flagging it with a “philosophical” objection. This bill would raise the minimum wage for ordinary Tennesseans to $15 per hour. He is coming out against the bill on the same week he was called the “richest” politician in the nation by Forbes Magazine. Governor Haslam has all the money he needs but he doesn’t think ordinary Tennesseans deserve to make a living wage.”
Elections have consequences and 2018 is time for Democrats to regain the governorship and win seats in the legislature. This only happens when we get involved and get our message out to voters.