Tuesday, February 22, 2005

GOP Support for increased minimum wage

According to today's CQ Midday Update, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) plans to introduce a bill next week to increase the nationwide minimum wage by $1.10 over the next two years.
"My sense is this is probably a good time with the economy growing the way it has."
This, after the GOP blocked a Democratic attempt last year to raise the minimum wage to $7 over the next two years; the first increase since 1997.

Does anyone smell flip-flop?

In truth, Governor Pataki's veto of the New York State Legislature's bill to increase the MW to $7.15 over three years (I think) last summer was overriden. Pressure is clearly building nationwide and I suppose $1.10 is a good compromise considering it's only the first increase in seven years.


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