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San Agustin wants to raise minimum wage by next year

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There's another proposal to raise Guam's minimum wage.
Sen. Joe S. San Agustin is floating a plan to increase it to $9.25 an hour by January of next year.


San Agustin said with prices rising on everything from gas to groceries, he believes a minimum wage hike may be overdue. The last hike came in 2016, and families he said continue to struggle from paycheck to paycheck.


"If we had done that two legislatures ago, today we would be paying a minimum wage of $10.10. what I'm proposing is that we raise the rates from $8.25 to $9.25 just a simple dollar increase."

But the business community led by the Chamber of Commerce and the hotel and restaurant association have opposed minimum wage increases arguing it will only push living costs higher, offsetting any additional income. But San Agustin counters that corporations just got a big tax break last year, and that's not filtering down to the employees.

"Wait a minute businesses, you dropped from 35 percent in taxes to 21. You have 14 percent tax break, nobody else got the break," he said. "The industry's gonna say the sky is falling? They've been claiming that for years. the sky is still there, we're all still here, and we're paying more and the folks that are making less are not moving anywhere."

That last increase was phased in over two years, but San Agustin said his raise would be a one-shot deal. But he wants to know what both employees and employers think about it.


"But the best way would be to send me an email, so we can record it, and we have it on record and then we move from there," he said. 

Send your comments to senatorjoessanagustin@gmail.com.

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