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Arizona Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage Is Cheap and Easy

Dean Baker | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

The real problem in our economy today is not a lack of productivity. The problem is that the gains from productivity growth have not been broadly shared. The wealthy have used their power to rig the deck so that most of the benefits of growth have gone those at the top. They have used their control of trade policy, the Federal Reserve Board, and more recently the Wall Street bailout, to ensure that those at the top have gained at the expense of everyone else. A higher minimum wage is an important step toward reversing this rigging. It should not be too much to expect that workers today should get at least as much as they did 45 years ago, and perhaps some dividend to allow them to share in the benefits of economic growth over this period. A minimum wage of $10 an hour would be a big step in the right direction.

Dave Jamieson

Arizona GOP Leader: Let Kids Work For $4.65 An Hour

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers in Arizona are pushing legislation that would lower the legal minimum wage for younger part-time workers and tipped...