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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Minimum Wage - Bidness as Usual for the GOP

In the smoke of last weeks Iraq War foofaraw, the GOP Senate killed an increase in the minimum wage. Republican leaders blocked a vote on the measure to ramp it up from the current $5.15 to $7.25 over two-plus years. That would still fall short of Washington's standard.

Republicans explicitly repeated claims that increasing minimum wages costs jobs, although evidence points in the opposite direction, as Brock Haussamen told us a couple of months ago.

Eighty-eight percent of Americans favor or strongly favor an increase in the minimum wage, and 82 percent view it as important or a top priority.
The government is managed for the front page, not for the benefit of the people. Edward Kennedy said the first bill passed in a Democratically controlled Senate would address the minimum wage.

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