Raise Texas Wages!

Texas lawmakers, strongly backed by Texas AFT and other affiliates of the Texas AFL-CIO, are pushing to increase the minimum wage for Texans in all walks of life with a bevy of bills filed in the 2017 legislative session that began January 10. The drive to raise Texans’ pay is the focus of a Texas AFL-CIO press conference at the Capitol set for January 12 with some of those legislators and also the focus of a new webpage we commend to your attention: http://www.raisetexaswages.org/.

Bills to raise minimum pay filed so far include the following:

  •  HB 285 by Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, ($15 an hour minimum wage);
  •  HB 475 by Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City ($15 an hour);
  •  SB 229 by Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio ($10.10 an hour);
  •  SJR 22 by Menéndez ($10.10 an hour, proposed for the Texas Constitution);
  •  and HB 840 by Rep. Lina Ortega, D-El Paso (and its companion, SB 427 by Sen. José Rodriguez, D-El Paso), which would restore the ability of cities and counties to consider higher minimum wages within their jurisdictions.

Other minimum-wage bills filed Wednesday include HB 937 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston ($10.10 an hour), and HB 924 and HJR 56 by Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington ($10.10 an hour). Other wage-related bills that would help low-income Texans, including a measure by Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, are pending.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages that are higher than the federal floor of $7.25 an hour.


  1. Pamela Castillo says

    I totally agree that regular minimum wages in Texas are too low. As a teacher in a small rural town alot of our parents get minimum wage and it really hurts their family especially since most all have to drive 30 min away to get to these low paying jobs. It shows with the children in these families (kids always hungry never have school supplies, winter coats, etc.) These children need your help. Please get the minimum wages in Texas up for our kids sake.

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