On January 29, 2016, the state of Idaho introduced Bill H 400 that if approved may increase the minimum wage rate. Similar bills have been introduced in the past but have been denied in the early stages of legislation. The minimum wage increase topic has always been a complicated one across the nation. Those in favor of the minimum wage increase argue that by increasing it, employees would be able to meet their basic needs. This would then lead to not having to depend on public assistance programs, which cost millions to administer. Individuals against increasing the minimum wage argue that increasing the rate will damage the economic prospects of millions of vulnerable individuals. Many argue that by having to increase the minimum wage rate, employers are forced to increase their prices.
Under the proposed bill, minimum wage employees will earn $8.25 per hour starting July 1, 2016 then $9.25 per hour starting July 1, 2017. Tipped employees will earn $3.80 per hour starting July 1, 2016 and then $4.25 per hour starting July 1, 2017. Following the second increase for both the minimum wage and tipped wage, the rate will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The training wage for employees under 20 years old would be raised to $4.70 per hour starting July 1, 2016, and $5.35 per hour on July 1, 2017 during the first 30 calendar days. After these 30 days, employers cannot pay these employees a rate that is less than the minimum wage.
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