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Austin City Council voted to approve a resolution that would require the mayor to adopt a minimum wage of $ 22 per hour for city employees.
During the June 16 meeting, several city workers testified that a higher wage is needed because of inflation, according to FOX 7 Austin.
The resolution calls on the mayor to develop a plan and timeline to raise the minimum wage to $ 22 per hour for city workers, which is increased from the current $ 15 per hour.
A spokesman for the city told FOX 7 that the increase is necessary due to inflation.
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“Providing a living wage has been a continuing priority for our stakeholders and our city staff. The recovery from the pandemic and unprecedented rising cost of living have underscored the need to accelerate the timeline for increasing living wages,” the spokesman said.
If the increase is not feasible in the 2023 budget, the minimum wage will be increased “by the most significant amount possible,” according to the report.
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The municipal director is expected to present his budget proposal in July.
According to the report, the increase will apply to most urban workers, including workers employed in companies contracted by the city, according to the report.
During the meeting, the city council also voted to approve a resolution that would “explore all possibilities” allowing the city to raise the minimum age for purchasing an AR-15 weapon or other semi-automatic weapon.