<\body> Stories in America: Republicans Kill Minimum Wage Increase Again

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Republicans Kill Minimum Wage Increase Again

For the ninth time since 1997, the Republicans have refused to raise the minimum wage, which has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for almost a decade.

Check out this map of minimum wage rates at the state level. The majority of the states that tend to vote Democrat have higher wages than the federal $5.15 wage. Here in San Francisco, wages are $8.50, the highest in the country. And guess what? Businesses didn't close and workers didn't lose their jobs. The Republicans love to say that a wage increase will result in job losses. That simply isn't true.

Meantime, Republican House members gave themselves a $3,300 raise increasing their salaries to $168,500. The two percent cost-of-living raise is their seventh straight raise.

The raise would also apply to Cheney (God knows he needs it) -- who is president of the Senate -- congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices.

This year, Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Chief Justice John Roberts receive $212,100. Associate justices receive $203,000.


At 6/22/2006 9:07 AM, Blogger Moussa Sabaly said...

I think it is almost criminal that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Some self-satified people will argue that if you can't live on $5.15/ hr, get a better job. This is not always possible, due to transportation issues, child care, etc. To argue that companies do not have enough money to support a higher wage, larger companies have the money to pay their CEOs 400x the wage of an entry worker, or to pay large sums of money to lobbyists to keep their agendas in focus.
In fact, the minimum wage is not low enough for many companies, a fact shown in the number of jobs for illegals who are often offered no benefits, low wages, and put in dangerous jobs. Whole industries are now founded on illegal labor. And people ring their hands and wonder why. The free market is a good system, but only when its put in check by the government. It is not in companys' best interest to look long term, or to look to erosion of the fabric of society.

At 6/22/2006 11:56 AM, Anonymous pro-choice mom said...

This should be a major part of the Democrats' platform come November. They need to call on all minimum wage earners to vote the "Christian" Republicans out of office.


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