QUINCY (WGEM) -- U.S. Senator Josh Hawley wants to raise the national minimum wage, but his new plan takes a different approach than proposals offered in the past.
The Republican from Missouri discussed the multi-layered plan with WGEM News from Washington, D.C. this week.
First, it would to require companies with revenues of $1 billion or more to pay their employees $15 per hour.
Hawley says this would be a win-win situation, triggering an immediate wage increase for millions of workers, while avoiding a one-size-fits-all increase that would be a burden on small businesses.
"For small businesses, for them to pay $15 an hour would be crushing, especially right now or in the near future," Hawley told WGEM News.
"I think big corporations, saying to them 'Yeah you've go to pay $15' and small businesses get exempted and can pay a little bit lower. That helps them stay in business, helps them be able to make a go of it."
The second part of Hawley's proposal is what he's calling the Blue-Collar Bonus, which would give a wage increase to blue collar workers that make $16.50 or less an hour.
The wage increase would come to the workers through four checks from the government per year, which Hawley notes would be business-friendly by not adding any cost to employers.