Ever since it opened for session minimum wage has been the hot-button issue at the Nevada state legislature.
Democrats introduced bills to increase the minimum wage to both $12 and $15 an hour. However, Republicans aren’t on board with either of the wage hike amounts.
With Democrats back in control in Carson City, Lupe Guzman says she hopes she will see some relief for her family. Guzman is part of the fight for $15 movement.
“I just got a raise, $9.25,” Guzman said. “I have six kids; I don’t have any other help.”
Assembly Bill 175 calls for a $15 minimum wage, but Senate Bill 106 calls for $12. Minimum wage is one of the several key components of the latest version of the Legislative Democrats’ Nevada blueprint.
“We have a robust, reflective agenda that is going to help propel every Nevadan toward greatness here,” said St. Sen. Aaron Ford, D-NV, Senate majority leader.
Ford says each line in the Nevada Blueprint will become a bill to be heard this session, which it includes school choice. It will also increase access to voting and workplace reforms like equal pay and earned sick leave.
“You have a lot of people in the legislature that have never signed the front of a paycheck, and they don’t understand how jobs are created,” said Victoria Seaman, former Nevada Assemblywoman.
Seaman and former Nevada Assemblyman Brent Jones, R-NV, say the Democrats’ blueprint is off-base. They say many of these reforms are actually burdens on small businesses they say employ 40 percent of Nevada’s workforce.
“All of these other regulatory burdens are a big component; they are costs, costs, costs,” Jones said. “You can’t just keep piling on costs without bringing the income in.”
Senate Republicans have introduced their own rebuttal to the Dems’ Nevada Blueprint. It’s called the Pathway Forward for all Nevadans.
Pathways Forward call for funding for the Education Savings Account program, voter I.D. and reducing government red tape for businesses.
But with Democrats controlling the legislature under a Republican governor, the question is, how much of each plan gets passed?
It looks like the state of Nevada will have to just wait and see.