An estimated 910,000 employees would get larger paychecks if the legislature were to lift the lowest wage to $10.10 an hour, said the analysis from the institute, a left-of-center think tank.
Photo: Bob Andres
Photo: Bob Andres

Nearly 1 million Georgians gain from higher minimum wage, report says

A higher minimum wage will help nearly one-in-four of the state’s workers, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

An estimated 910,000 employees would get larger paychecks if the legislature were to lift the lowest wage to $10.10 an hour, said the analysis from the institute, a left-of-center think tank.

These are primarily not teenagers working after school, said the GBPI: More than 90 percent of workers who would benefit from a higher minimum wage are older than 20.

Nearly half have completed at least some college, the GBPI said.

Of those workers who would benefit, 28 percent are parents, said the report. The GBPI concluded that roughly one-fifth of all Georgia children live in households that would benefit from the higher minimum wage.

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