The Spring of Discharge Petitions

By: Friday February 14, 2014 8:12 am

With hopes for bipartisan legislation basically dead this year Democrats have decided to turn to a long strategy based on discharge petitions. If a majority of House members sign a discharge petition it is brought to the floor for a vote. Democrats are talking about circulating discharge petitions for both a minimum wage increase and [...]

Americans Want Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:45 am

Raising the minimum wage has strong support among the American people. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll two thirds of Americans want Congress to raise the minimum wage to help low-income workers. Only 31 percent oppose this change. Support is highest among Democrats with 85 percent backing an minimum wage increase, but even [...]

D.C. Moves to Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:01 am

On Tuesday the D.C. Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage within the district. Under the bill the minimum wage will be steadily raised over the next few years until it hits $11.50 in 2016 when it would be tied to the consumer price index. Currently the minimum wage is $8.25. This move was [...]

Overwhelmingly Americans Back Raising the Minimum Wage

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 11:38 pm

Three quarters of the country believe the federal minimum wage should be increased. From Gallup: The idea has strong support across the board. It has the support of 91 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Independents and even 58 percent of Republicans. The poll also found 69 percent would support raising the minimum wage to [...]

Obama Backs $10 Minimum Wage

By: Friday November 8, 2013 9:13 am

President Obama now officially supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, higher than his earlier proposal of raising it to $9. From the New York Times: The White House has thrown its weight behind a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. “The president has long supported [...]

We Should Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:14 am

The editors at Bloomberg have a good op-ed calling for the federal government to raise the pathetically low minimum wage. From Bloomberg: Here’s an unhappy observation about the minimum wage: Congress last increased the rate in stages in 2006, topping it out at $7.25 an hour in 2009, or $15,080 a year. That amount, when adjusted [...]