No, not exactly. There would be a baseline minimum wage that could be adjusted up or down according to the region:
Under this proposal, the benchmark national minimum wage would be set at the beginning of each year to one-half of the hourly wage for nonsupervisory workers. In 2019, that wage would be $11.55. Each metropolitan area and rural community would be placed in one of five categories based on living costs. The minimum wage would be either slightly below that benchmark for low-cost areas or slightly above for high-cost ones. States and localities would still be free to pass higher minimum wages.
Since July 2009, when Congress raised the hourly minimum wage to a meager $7.25, the cost of living in the US has increased 17.7%, even as the wage floor has stood still. Rather than stall another decade, let's set an increased minimum wage that is right for everyone and grows every year. It costs $31 to park for a day in Brooklyn, NY. It cost $35 to park for a month in Cumberland, MD. We need a higher national minimum wage--but one that reflects this difference.
Under the Regional Minimum Wage:
The benchmark minimum wage in 2019 would be set at $11.55 in areas of the country like Austin, TX, which has living costs close to the national median.
In the lowest cost places, like Tuscaloosa, AL, the minimum wage would be $9.80.
In medium-low cost places, like Wichita, KS, the minimum wage would be $10.70.
In medium-high cost places, like Denver, CO, the minimum wage would be $12.40.
In the highest cost places, like San Diego, CA, the minimum wage would be $13.30.
If wages increase at the same pace as last year, the benchmark minimum will increase to $11.90 in 2020, with the minimum in the highest cost regions set at $13.70 and in the lowest cost areas set at $10.15.