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Minimum Wage Raise

Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Minimum Wage Hike

AP | By BRIAN BAKST | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota workers earning the minimum wage will see yearly raises under a bill given final approval Thursday that pushes the ...

State Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage

AP | BRIAN BAKST | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's minimum wage would rise to $9.50 per hour within a few years and continue going up unless a governor's administra...

Obama Presses For Minimum Wage Hike With Dem Candidate

AP | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

BY NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Mich...

This Is What's Driving The Minimum Wage Debate

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Give America a raise!" President Barack Obama implored Congress in his State of the Union address. But it would cost jobs, Repub...

Biden: Raising Minimum Wage Would Be 'Good For Business'

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that many restaurant owners support raising the tipped minimum wage for waiters and waitre...

Minimum Wage vs. Maximum Greed

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

If anyone believes even for a brief moment that corporations are in the business of hiring more people, he/she just might be temporarily delusional. Let's be honest and keep it real: businesses are consistently looking to grow their profits.

A Year of Action, a Year of Opportunity in Congress

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

For many working families, even two incomes are not enough to make ends meet, as the cost of living has outpaced a rise in wages. These families are increasingly experiencing the effects of poverty, and, for the first time in the program's history, households led by working-age Americans are the largest group accessing federal food assistance.

White House: Obama Move On Minimum Wage To Help 'Couple Hundred Thousand'

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contract workers will li...

Sam Stein

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors By Executive Order | Sam Stein | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address that he's raising the minimum wage for workers ...

600 Economists Now Back A $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

It’s about time to raise the minimum wage, at least according to 600 economists. The group, which includes seven Nobel laureates, attached their...

Economists: $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Provide 'Much-Needed' Help

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A large swath of economists agree, raising the minimum wage is a good idea. In a letter released Tuesday through the Economic Policy Institute, a ...

A $10.10 Minimum Wage Could Lift About 5 Million Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could help lift nearly 5 million people out of poverty, a new study finds. If Congress were to...

13 States Raised Their Minimum Wage, But We Still Have A Big Problem

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Thirteen states raised their minimum wage Wednesday. Those boosts will provide the country's low-wage workforce with some relief. But in many areas th...

Study Demolishes Key GOP Talking Point On Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.20.2013 | Business

Raising the minimum wage would help the working poor and give the entire economy a boost, a new analysis finds. If the minimum wage rose to $10.10...

Most Of Us Fear 'American Dream' Is Dead, Want $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The American Dream is dying and saving it may require some help from lawmakers, according to a significant share of Americans. About 64 percent of...

State's Minimum Wage Move Could Could Add Momentum To Fight Elsewhere

Pew's Stateline | Pamela M. Prah | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

LOOK: Who Really Makes The Minimum Wage?

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm and Jillian Berman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

For most low-wage workers, the federal minimum wage, which stands at $7.25, isn’t enough to make ends meet. Even in Hanson County, South Dakota, Ame...

Jillian Berman

How Raising The Minimum Wage Could Boost Walmart | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama wants workers to make more money. Walmart and other low-wage employers also want to make more money. They could both get wh...

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

Raise the Floor!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When opponents talk about who's earning the minimum wage, they're often referring to the demographics of those at today's minimum. But that's not the relevant sample when you're evaluating a proposed increase in the wage floor.

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Walmart's 'Starvation Wages'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business

The Walton family's enormous wealth is proof that Walmart can afford to pay its workers a living wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.) argued on Saturday...

If America Wants to Actually Be a Land of Equal Opportunity, We Must Raise the Minimum Wage

Laura Merriman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

While Governor Rick Perry brags about Texas' low unemployment rate being one of the lowest in the country at 6.2 percent, 4.6 million Texans live in poverty in a state where $16,242 a year is the poverty line for a family of three.

State Lawmakers Strike Down Minimum Wage Raise Proposal

AP | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel has voted against raising the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015. The Senate F...

Dave Jamieson

Dems Propose Minimum Wage Hike | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) plan to jointly introduce legislation on Tuesday to raise the federal minimum...