H.B. 177 would raise the hourly minimum wage in Utah to $10.25. Under this bill, employees would receive a three dollar increase from the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. The change would be effective July 1, 2018. This bill further schedules a minimum wage increase to $12.00 per hour in 2022. The Utah minimum wage was last raised in 2009, along with the federal minimum wage.
This bill would also limit the Utah Labor Commission’s oversight of the state minimum wage. Currently, the Commission may review the minimum wage at any time. This bill would revoke the Commission’s ability to alter the minimum wage for adults, and would require the Commission to clearly display minimum wage information on its website.
Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25, which if a person was earning this while working 40 hours a week for every week of the year, would only net $15,080, which is only $20 above the federal poverty level for a single adult, and well below the poverty level for those with kids. $7.25 per hour is hardly a living wage, let alone allowing people to afford housing, transportation, or provide for a family. This bill would provide Utahns the dignity and financial security of earning a living wage.