Minimum Wage

It's time for Ohio to raise our minimum wage. Joe has a plan that respects workers and small businesses.

The Kasich administration continues to craft tax loopholes for Ohio’s highest earners while everyone else gets scraps. That approach doesn’t give hardworking Ohioans a fighting chance.

It’s time for Ohio to raise our minimum wage. Doing so would be good for our economy and our businesses.

When people bring home more money, they spend more money in their local economy. That means increased demand for goods and services, which creates more jobs.


  • Right now, nearly 70% of new Ohio jobs pay poverty-level wages.
  • If the head of 3-person household works full time at minimum wage in Ohio, that family will live $3500 below the poverty line.
  • A 2014 survey by GOP pollster Frank Luntz found that small business owners believe raising the minimum wage will increase consumer purchasing power, boost the economy and increase productivity.
  • 88% of Ohio’s minimum wage workers are over 20 years old.
  • The average minimum wage worker is a 35-year-old woman with some college education working full-time.
  • If Ohio increases its minimum wage, nearly 700,000 Ohio children will have a parent who gets a raise.

Joe’s Plan

Joe’s plan to raise the state’s minimum wage is based on a bill he and his Democratic colleagues have introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

  • Raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $12 per hour in January 2019.
  • Then increase the wage by 50 cents per year until we get to $15 per hour in 2025.
  • The minimum wage would then continue to be adjusted upward for inflation every year.

This plan respects workers AND small businesses.

It’s time to improve Ohio’s economic future and workers’ economic security by raising the wage.