Minimum Wage – Coming to a State Near You
The push to raise minimum wages is not going away anytime soon. In fact, like it or not, Democrats in at least 30 states are pushing hard in state legislatures to introduce bills that would increase the least a low-earner can make. Even in Republican-controlled states, Democrats are making sure their opinions are heard loud and clear on this divisive issue. Why this issue and why now? In case you forgot, the mid-term elections are this year.
At the federal level, President Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress have had no luck in raising the federal minimum wage above the current $7.25, so have taken their battle to the far-flung streets of America, hoping to hammer home the theme of “fair wages” to the nation’s voters. With Mr. Obama’s State of the Union speech coming up tomorrow, don’t be surprised to hear at least a few demands for a higher minimum wage.
According to a recent Quinnipiac University study, the issue is a good one for an election year. Their poll found 71 percent of Americans favored a higher minimum wage – including more than half of those identifying themselves as Republicans. Democrats are hoping to add more numbers to the five states that passed minimum wage laws last year. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | basykes)