DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A national bus tour called Give America a Raise stopped at the Dayton Cultural and RTA Transit Center Tuesday evening.
Proponents call for an increase to $10.10 from the current $7.25.
Those opposed are against the government mandating what employers do with their business and believe it will decrease jobs.
Those in favor say it will actually boost the economy and that taxpayers are the ones paying the price for low wages.
“People who are not getting paid that we are still subsidizing that and is that right? Is it right for someone working 40 hours a week and still be on food stamps,” said Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton.
“The Dayton region has somewhere around 20,000 job openings and a lot of those job openings are good jobs in which folks can raise families on and can earn a decent living on,” said Chris Kershner, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
A mobile billboard from the Employment Policies Institute follows the bus during its travels, disputing the tours claims about a minimum wage hike.