Sen. Begich wants $15 minimum wage for Alaskans

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Senator Tom Begich has introduced legislation that would increase the minimum wage in Alaska to $15 an hour.

    Begich's proposed legislation, Senate Bill 26, is formally titled "The Equal Pay and Living Wage Act." It was filed Friday and would call for the increase to $15 for workers in the state.

    The increase would take effect Jan. 1, 2020 if passed, and the wage would be adjusted annually for inflation.

    The adjustment would be calculated each Sept. 30, for the previous calendar year.

    Under Begich's plan, an employer may not apply tips or gratuities to an employees as a credit toward payment of the minimum hourly wage required by the legislation, should it pass.

    The full text of the bill can be found here.

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