Minimum wage debate at Cleveland City Hall

Minimum wage debate at Cleveland City Hall

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Do you know the minimum wage here in Ohio?  Well, it's $8.10 an hour.

But Monday, there was a discussion of a proposal that could hike Cleveland's up to $15 an hour.

Here's what on the table for discussion right now....

Supporters delivered almost 12,000 valid signatures to get the minimum wage increase up for a vote.

Monday night council will meet to talk about the best way to do that.

Shoppers chimed in at the West Side Market, where the food is fresh and plentiful.

"It's probably overdue, probably should be done," said one shopper.

Barb Brown is in favor of the minimum wage increase, it's conditional.

"The difficulty is, do I think people deserve it? Absolutely.  Do I think small businesses are going to have difficulty with? Yes.  Do I think
big businesses are going to have difficulty with it?  Not as much," stated Brown.

Lenord Adams, like other shoppers at the 104 year-old market, wants to see people make the so called livable wage.

"I don't have a problem with it. The prices of everything is going up. Gas, so why not the minimum wage," added Adams.

If the proposal goes into effect without changes the minimum wage almost doubles on January 1, 2017.

"I think it's awful fast for businesses to get ready for changes that quickly," said Mr. Trent.

The Trents, a couple walking down the aisles along with other Cleveland foodies, are tasting the same salt when it comes to increasing the
minimum wage.

"I'm in favor of it increasing because I feel like you can't live on $8 an hour. But, I think that's a little bit extreme," Trent said.

Even Mayor Frank Jackson likes the idea, but he doesn't want Cleveland to go it alone.

In his written statement to Cleveland19 News he says..."I continue to support a minimum wage increase if mandated by the state or federal government and not just for the City of Cleveland."

"I just think we need to sit down and have a little more dialogue," said Councilman Dow.

Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow will be among those looking at various options including adopting the proposed legislation as it, modifying or rejecting it.

It may also go before Cleveland residents to approve or disapprove it if council decides to change the Service Employees International Union Language.

That group and others helped gather the signatures and pay for the proposed legislation to qualify to get on the November ballot.

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