Economic Trend Supports Raising the Minimum Wage

The news today is that consumer spending rose in August and it was driven by increases in income and wages. Ergo: continued economic recovery could be driven my raising the minimum wage. Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after showing no gain in July, the…

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What will $20 get you?

This sums up the argument in favor of an increase in the minimum wage rather succinctly. Post by Blue Nation Review. At a time when corporate profits are at an all-time high and are expected to rise even higher, I think it’s clear the federal minimum wage needs to be…

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Another Point On the True Cost of Labor:

Late last year I wrote a bit about the true cost of labor and how maintaining an undervalued minimum wage structure subsidizes employers and skews the cost/value of some products and services. For those who didn’t have time to read through to the conclusion, here is a graphic from AFSCME…

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Ron Johnson votes with fellow Republicans against federal minimum wage increase

On Wednesday the United States Senate voted 54-42 to reject a bill to raise the federal minimum wage. Despite garnering 54 votes in favor of raising the minimum wage, a Republican filibuster meant Democrats needed to get 60 votes to pass the measure. Not surprisingly, our own multimillionaire Republican Senator…

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VIDEO: protesters hit the streets of Brooklyn to demand $15 minimum wage

This is worth a watch.

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe raises their minimum wage to $10.25 per hour

If the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota can afford to raise the minimum wage at all of their businesses and enterprises, you would think everyone can. Read all about it here. C’mon McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Menards, etc. You’re gonna tell us you can’t afford it? Puhleeeeeze.

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Republican State Rep. Chris Kapenga has no clue what the federal minimum wage is

This is completely unsurprising, given how out of touch so many Republicans are with what the working poor go through. At the public hearing for SB626 yesterday, bill author Representative Chris Kapenga was asked how much the federal minimum wage was. And guess what? He had no idea.  Not only is…

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Democratic House candidate Kelly Westlund calls on Sean Duffy to support minimum wage increase

Ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, Democratic House candidate Kelly Westlund held a media conference call today with minimum-wage workers from Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. On the call, Westlund and the minimum-wage workers urged Westlund’s opponent, incumbent Republican Rep. Sean Duffy to support raising the minimum…

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The myth of the minimum wage worker

This pretty much debunks the myths about minimum wage workers as being primarily teenagers who live at home with mom and dad. As has been noted elsewhere, an increase in the minimum wage would help pull a lot of folks out of poverty, but most especially people of color. People…

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EPI: raising minimum wage would boost economy, lift wages for millions of Americans

Via Occupy Democrats… According to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lift wages for millions of Americans while also providing a boost to the economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013,…

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