Ga. Democratic Senators Propose Minimum Wage Hike

Jan 28, 2016

Georgia Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $15 an hour.

It's not the first time state Democrats have introduced such a bill. Similar proposals have been dropped in many past sessions.

State Sens. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, is the bill's main sponsor, and co-sponsors include Sen. Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker, and Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta.

"This is an important issue," Orrock said. "I would say it's a front-burner issue -- addressing income inequality. We need to begin that conversation and move forward."

Sen. Orrock says she knows the proposal might not get very far in the Republican-controlled legislature, but it doesn't stop them from trying.

"You don't hit a home run every time you bat, but you don't stop picking up that bat and getting lined up for that pitch," Orrock said.

The proposal would also increase the minimum wage each year to adjust for cost-of-living increases.

Georgia's minimum wage of $5.15 is among the lowest in the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but many employees are subject to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.