Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown Calls for an Increase of the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour

On Monday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) made a stop at a Boardman, Ohio, diner to announce his plans to promote his legislation calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. On Tuesday, Sen. Brown also stopped by Bowling Green State University to discuss his proposed hike in the minimum wage. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in three steps, and would also provide the first minimum wage increase to tipped employees in over two decades.

Currently about 1.3 million Ohioans earn the minimum wage of $7.85 an hour, and 80 percent of them are adults.

The last time that Congress approved an increase in the federal minimum wage was in 2007 when it was raised from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour.

According to Brown, about a dozen other senators have put their names behind the bill. The legislation is still in committee, and has not been brought to a vote.