Dr. Sarah Jane Glynn, an expert in employment, work, and family issues at the Center for American Progress, says that we if we started talking about the reality of the minimum wage, we could solve the problem and get to consensus as a country a lot faster.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has signaled he and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are pursuing a workaround to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. Wyden’s announcement comes after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a proposal from House Democrats to raise the minimum wage did not meet special budgetary rules.
The Senate is about to use a trick called “reconciliation” to pass Joe Biden’s Covid relief bill. Many Democrats want to go further and use this arcane rule to pass all kinds of policies that would never otherwise make it through – a rise in the minimum wage, climate policies, infrastructure, etc. But Tori Gorman, a budget expert at the Concord Coalition, says that might be a big mistake.
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade, the longest amount of time without an increase.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressional Democrats will announce a $15 minimum wage bill during a video conference at 11:30 a.m. EST today.
The Raise the Wage Act “would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 in five steps over the next four years, increasing pay for nearly 32 million workers,” according to a press release.
Bernie Sanders is on a battleground tour to help Democratic candidates in the November elections and he may make a big difference in close races.
Sanders has a full October travel schedule, and this is his longest stretch of campaigning since he stopped his 2016 presidential campaign. He is going to many states, including Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, where there are very important early primaries or caucuses on the 2020 presidential election calendar.
North Carolina Republican legislators surprised critics when they passed a $15-per-hour “living wage” for 10,000 state workers.
The increase will affect about 10,000 state government and university system employees, such as secretaries, hospital workers, security guards and housekeepers.
The $15/hour minimum wage took another step towards becoming a reality after Bernie Sanders won the addition of increase to the Democratic platform.