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HR 3448 - Minimum Wage Increase bill - Key Vote

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Ben Cardin voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 104-188 -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (354-72) - (Key vote)

Title: Minimum Wage Increase bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report of a bill that increases minimum wage, establishes tax credits for workers on welfare, and revises tax laws for businesses, among other provisions.

Highlights:
  • Increases the minimum wage rate from $4.25 per hour to $4.75 per hour during the year beginning on October 1, 1996 and to $5.15 per hour beginning September 1, 1997.
  • Allows an employer to waive the minimum wage increase for any employee less than 20 years old during the first 90 days of their employment and pay $4.25 per hour.
  • Exempts certain computer professionals from minimum wage and overtime requirements when they earn at least $27.63 an hour.
  • Increases incrementally the expense treatment of small businesses to $25,000 by 2003.
  • Establishes SIMPLE, a savings incentive match plan where employers match the deposits of an employee up to a certain amount and gives employees the option of receiving cash or depositing the employers money into the account.
  • Decreases the work credit for certain veterans, ex-felons, high-risk youths, and food stamp recipients from 40% to 35%, and renames the program as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Establishes the Social Security Retirement age as a uniform retirement age.
  • Extends the Airport and Airway Trust fund excise tax until January 1, 1997.
  • Exempts a qualified State tuition program from taxation.
  • Allows the President to provide duty-free treatment for an eligible product or products to a beneficiary developing country when certain conditions apply concerning the country's government, the value of goods exported to the United States, the economic conditions of the country, and other similar factors.
  • Redefines small business corporations (S Corporations) for tax purposes as having as many as 75 stockholders instead of 35.
  • Phases out the Puerto Rico and possession tax credit for certain U.S. businesses operating in Puerto Rico.
  • Allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed.
  • Allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed.
  • Repeals the diesel fuel tax rebate to purchasers of diesel-powered automobiles and light trucks.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (76-22) - (Key vote)

Title: Minimum Wage Increase bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report of a bill that increases minimum wage, establishes tax credits for workers on welfare, and revises tax laws for businesses, among other provisions.

Highlights:
  • Increases the minimum wage rate from $4.25 per hour to $4.75 per hour during the year beginning on October 1, 1996 and to $5.15 per hour beginning September 1, 1997.
  • Allows an employer to waive the minimum wage increase for any employee less than 20 years old during the first 90 days of their employment and pay $4.25 per hour.
  • Exempts certain computer professionals from minimum wage and overtime requirements when they earn at least $27.63 an hour.
  • Increases incrementally the expense treatment of small businesses to $25,000 by 2003.
  • Establishes SIMPLE, a savings incentive match plan where employers match the deposits of an employee up to a certain amount and gives employees the option of receiving cash or depositing the employers money into the account.
  • Decreases the work credit for certain veterans, ex-felons, high-risk youths, and food stamp recipients from 40% to 35%, and renames the program as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Establishes the Social Security Retirement age as a uniform retirement age.
  • Extends the Airport and Airway Trust fund excise tax until January 1, 1997.
  • Exempts a qualified State tuition program from taxation.
  • Allows the President to provide duty-free treatment for an eligible product or products to a beneficiary developing country when certain conditions apply concerning the country's government, the value of goods exported to the United States, the economic conditions of the country, and other similar factors.
  • Redefines small business corporations (S Corporations) for tax purposes as having as many as 75 stockholders instead of 35.
  • Phases out the Puerto Rico and possession tax credit for certain U.S. businesses operating in Puerto Rico.
  • Allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed.
  • Allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed.
  • Repeals the diesel fuel tax rebate to purchasers of diesel-powered automobiles and light trucks.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (74-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Minimum Wage Increase bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases minimum wage, establishes tax credits for workers on welfare, and revises tax laws for businesses, among other provisions.

Highlights:
  • Increases the minimum wage rate from $4.25 per hour to $4.75 per hour during the year beginning on July 1, 1996 and to $5.15 per hour beginning January 1, 1997.
  • Allows an employer to waive the minimum wage increase for any employee less than 20 years old during the first 90 days of their employment and pay $4.25 per hour.
  • Exempts certain computer professionals from minimum wage and overtime requirements when they earn at least $27.63 per hour.
  • Increases incrementally the expense treatment of small businesses to $25,000 by 2003.
  • Redefines small business corporations (S Corporations) for tax purposes as those having a maximum of 75 stockholders instead of 35.
  • Establishes SIMPLE, a savings incentive match plan where employers match the deposits of an employee up to a certain amount and gives employees the option of receiving cash or depositing the employers money into the account.
  • Decreases the work credit for certain veterans, ex-felons, high-risk youths, and food stamp recipients from 40% to 35%, and renames the program as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Establishes the Social Security Retirement age as a uniform retirement age.
  • Extends the Airport and Airway Trust fund excise tax.
  • Exempts a qualified State tuition program from taxation.
  • Phases out the Puerto Rico and possession tax credit for certain U.S. businesses operating in Puerto Rico.
  • Allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed.
  • Allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (414-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Minimum Wage Increase bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases minimum wage, establishes tax credits for workers on welfare, and revises tax laws for businesses, among other provisions.

Highlights:
  • Increases the minimum wage rate from $4.25 per hour to $4.75 per hour during the year beginning July 1, 1996, and to $5.15 per hour beginning January 1, 1997.
  • Allows an employer to waive the minimum wage increase for any employee less than 20 years old during the first 90 days of his or her employment, and pay $4.25 per hour.
  • Exempts certain computer professionals from minimum wage and overtime requirements when they earn at least $27.63 an hour.
  • Increases incrementally the expense treatment for small businesses to $25,000 by 2003.
  • Allows employers to take out taxes for both reported and unreported employee tips.
  • Redefines small business corporations (S Corporations) for tax purposes as those having a maximum of 75 stockholders instead of 35.
  • Establishes SIMPLE, a savings incentive match plan where employers match the deposits of an employee up to a certain amount, and employees have the option of receiving cash or depositing the employers money into the account.
  • Decreases the work credit for certain veterans, ex-felons, high-risk youths, and food stamp recipients from 40% to 35%, and renames the program as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Establishes the Social Security Retirement age as a uniform retirement age.
  • Phases out the Puerto Rico and possession tax credit for certain U.S. businesses operating in Puerto Rico.
  • Allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed.
  • Allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed.
  • Repeals the diesel fuel tax rebate for purchasers of diesel-powered automobiles and light trucks.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Minimum Wage Increase bill

Sponsors

  • William Reynolds 'Bill' Archer (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
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