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Romney: No need to raise the minimum wage

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that he was against raising the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. The Republican presidential candidate had previously said that he supported automatic increases in the federal minimum wage based on inflation. “A lot of conservatives led by the Wall…

Florida bill would slash minimum wage for tipped workers

A Florida Senate committee has followed the advice of a restaurant association and passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for tipped workers by more than half. The bill, SB 2106, would slash the current Florida tipped minimum wage of of $4.65 an hour to the federal standard…

Washington to be first state to top $9 minimum wage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Washington will be the first state to require a minimum wage of more than $9 an hour when it joins seven other states on Sunday in automatically adjusting salaries to keep up with inflation. More than a million low-wage U.S. workers will see their hourly pay go…

Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘Good workers’ don’t make minimum wage

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday defended voting against raising the minimum wage by suggesting that only bad workers earned minimum wage. “Bottom line: when you’re a good worker you don’t stay at minimum wage for long,” he said. “Trust me on that. It’s not universal, but trust me as…

Minimum Fail

Why, if you’re looking at the current state of the economy, might you think that teenage employment, heavily focused in the retail and restaurant sectors, was down this summer? You’d probably think that it had something to do with the economic recession, coupled with the insanely high gas costs and…

Legislating Is For Stupids

On Fox News Sunday, John McCain just said that he would veto any bill which didn’t include “a straight up-or-down vote on the issues” (in reference to the one time he voted to raise the minimum wage – it was a part of a war-funding bill). It seems incredibly damaging…

The Plural Of Anecdote Is Conservatism

Patterico’s Pontifications notices that unemployment rates for those ages 16-24 have risen much faster than those for other age groups, and that said rise probably has a lot to do with that age group entering the market for summer work. For that bit of correctitude, the author gets a cookie.…

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