Minimum wage fight takes over the Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol Building. (CBS Austin)

Texas lawmakers in the House business and industry committee are considering several bills Monday that address raising the minimum wage in Texas.

The current minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 an hour and has stayed at the same since 2009 when the federal government raised the minimum wage to the same amount.

For tipped employees, the minimum wage is $2.13 an hour before tip earnings are factored in.

Five of the eight house bills being debated would raise the minimum wage to either $10.10 or $15 an hour.

Two of the bills would give local authorities the power to raise the minimum wage.

Another bill would allow employees who earn their tips, like waiters, to keep all of their tips instead of having to split them up among other employees, as some businesses require.

Only 29 states have raised the minimum wage above the federal level. Advocates for increasing minimum wage hope Texas will be the 30th.

The Fight for 15 Texas and Texas AFL-CIO will hold a joint press conference on the minimum wage bills in the Speaker's Committee Room at the Capitol at 9:30 a.m.

Committee Hearings on the minimum bills will start at 10 a.m. in the House Business and Industry committee.