Minimum wage bill sent back to committee, contract for wage study finally awarded

HAGÅTÑA , Guam —  The 33rd Guam Legislature during session on Sept. 13 sent Bill 312-33 back to committee. Authored by Sen. Benjamin J.F. Cruz, the bill would increase the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour to $9.20 an hour by Jan. 1, 2017, then to $10.10 an hour by Jan. 1, 2018.

Cruz introduced the bill on May 4 despite the lack of an Economic Impact Statement. Following the previous wage increase that was implemented on Jan. 1, 2015, an EIS was required by law no later than April 30, 2016. However . . .

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