BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN/KANSAS ~ LEGISLATIVE DAY
Sponsored by Bonner Springs & Greater Johnson County BPWs
February 15, 2007 ~ 9:00 - 2:00
Kansas Minimum Wage and the Impact on Society

Update: February 10, 2007:
All speakers are now confirmed:

  • Judy Jewsome: District Representative, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda's office, will give opening remarks.
  • Lana Gordon: Chair of House Economic Development Committee where at least several of the minimum wage bills were introduced, will review the bills, which are now in the House Committee on Commerce and Labor and present some facts about who are paid minimum wage or less in Kansas;
  • Jeff Glendening, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice President, Political Affairs addressing the minimum wage relative to business;
  • Tammy Stottlemire: Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs (KACAP) addressing the minimum wage relative to social services;
  • Candy Shively: SRS Deputy Secretary, Integrated Services addressing the minimum wage relative to legal/law enforcement;

    Luncheon Guests: Senator Chris Steineger, Dist. ; Representative Valdenia Winn, Dist. ; Representative Stan Frownfelter, Dist. ;Rep. Margaret Long, Dist. ; Rep. Ron Worley, Dist. 39. (Several other legislators have also been invited, but not yet confirmed.)

    Representatives of several other organizations are expected to join us for the day, and all active and former BPW members, and their guests, are encouraged to attend.

    If you would like to preview the bills, visit the Kansas Legislature website. The bills are: HB 2061, 2065, 2199, 2366, SB 71 and SB 337. 2100 and 71 repeal existing minimum wage law. The House bills have all been moved to the Commerce & Labor Committee (Brunk, Kiegerl, Goico, Gordon, Grange, Humerickhouse, Huntington, Kelley, Landwehr, Metsker, Roth, Sharp; Ruiz, Garcia, Grant, Henderson, Pauls, Ruff, Tietze). The Senate held hearings for SB71 on Monday February 12, 8:30 am, Room 123-S.

  • The BPW/Kansas Legislative Day for 2007 will take place on Thursday, February 15, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church across the street from the State Capitol. Bonner Springs and Greater Johnson County are co-sponsoring the event for the annual BPW/Kansas Legislative Event. Registration, with coffee and doughnuts will be from 9:00 to 9:30 am.

    The topic of the day will be the minimum wage. Did you know the Kansas minimum wage at $2.65/hr. is the lowest in the nation? We will hear from speakers about who is affected by the minimum wage, the impact on business, social services and crime. Handouts will be provided, we'll have lunch with legislators as your guests, and learn some lobbying tips.

    Members of the Planning Committee are Beverly Johnson, Jeannine Gallagher, Jane Hanks, Linda Linkugel, Peg Nichols, and Julie Smith. Copies of detailed reports and planning materials will be made available for future reference to benefit other locals. The committee have been busy with a mailing to former BPW/Kansas members, and we encourage active locals to contact their former members inviting them to join you for the day.

    Locals are encouraged to contact their legislators now, inviting them to join you for lunch at the church. Senate & House Switchboard: 785-296-2391 or go to www.kslegislature.org. Each local is responsible for making reservations and paying for their guests. Legislators’ schedules are subject to change. It is important to reconfirm their attendance right away. If they are not free for lunch that day, let them know you would like to schedule a visit at 2:00 or later.

    A registration form with address and parking information will also be included in The Advocate. Questions about registration and payment should be addressed to Jane Hanks at jwhanks12@sbcglobal.net or 913/441-1854. The registration deadline for lunch has been extended to Monday afternoon, February 12th.

    BPW/Kansas must all work together for the day to be a success. You will be receiving short weekly updates about Legislative Day by email as plans are confirmed. You can also find information at www.kswomen.com.

    Beverly Johnson
    Legislative Chair, 2006-07
    BPW/Kansas

    As of April 3, 2006, there were 18 states with a state minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage. There were 25 states with a state minimum wage and federal minimum wage that were the same. Six states do not have minimum wage laws and one (Kansas) has state minimum wage law lower than the federal minimum wage law. See Figure 3.

    On November 7, 2006, six additional states enacted, by referendum, state minimum wage laws higher than the federal minimum wage. When these laws take effect, there would be 24 states with minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage, 20 states with a state minimum wage equal to federal minimum wage, five states with no minimum wage law and one state with state minimum wage below federal minimum wage (Kansas). See Figure 4.


    Figure 3 (From Kansas Department of Labor "An Overview of Federal and State Minimum Wage Laws)

    2006

      States with minimum wage rates higher than the Federal   States with no minimum wage law
      States with minimum wage rates the same as the Federal   States with minimum wage rates lower than the Federal
      American Samoa has special minimum wage rates    

    Note the recent changes below...which states do you want to be grouped with?

    2007


    2008
    Because the federal minimum wage was increased in July to $6.55, two additional states (Wyoming and Georgia) were now lower than the new federal minimum; however Kansas remained the same--far lower than any other state. As of November 2008, Kansas $2.65, Minnesota $5.25, Arkansas $6.25, and Wisconsin $6.50 are the only states that have rates lower than the federal minimum. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming now have a state minimum of $6.55.

    Kansas City, Kansas: In July 2008, The Unified Government passed an ordinance increasing the local minimum wage in Kanss City, Kansas to match the federal minimum. The ordinance was announced on the day the federal minimum increased to $6.55. On July 24th, 2009, the federal (and the Kansas City, Kansas) minimum will increase to $7.25.
    Lawrence, Kansas: On October 23, 2003, the city commission passed an ordinance requiring companies that receive tax breaks from the city to pay their employees a living wage defined as 130 percent the federal poverty level for a family of three; in Douglas County, that was about $9.53 an hour in 2003.

    The State of Kansas has the lowest state minimum wage in the nation, at $2.65 per hour under the Kansas Wage Payment Act. State law requires overtime after 46 hours per week. The Kansas Human Rights Commission enforces state laws against discrimination, including bias based on race, religion, color, sex, national ancestry, genetic screening or age. Under state law, according to the Kansas Department of Labor, employers cannot make deductions to worker’s paychecks for shortages or damages to property.

    The $2.65 rate is for businesses with gross revenue less than $500,000. Any businesses that have a higher gross will pay the current Federal minimum wage rate. For additional information, visit http://www.laborlawcenter.com/t-State-Minimum-Wage-Rates.aspx?gclid=CJ237NeWlJcCFQWcnAodQHcgDw.