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Texas lawmakers will introduce eight bills on the minimum wage policy during the Texas Legislature this session.

The bills being considered today:

• HB 285 and HB 475: Bill to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
• SB 229, SJR 22, HB 937, and HJR 56: Bill to raise minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
• HB 840 and SB 427: Bill would allow Texas counties to set and control minimum wage.

Currently the state of Texas is one of fourteen states with the lowest minimum wage which is federally set at $7.25 per hour.

According to those lawmakers in favor of an increase; Texans working for $7.25 per hour are working at a “poverty level.” Texans who work full time on this kind of pay qualify for government assistance like food stamps and other programs.

Those opposed to the increase and according to some economists, raising the minimum wage may seem helpful on the surface, but doing so would actually do more harm than good and could force small businesses to lay off employees.

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