January 30, 2007

THE DEMOCRAT SENATE CAN DO ANYTHING REPUBLICANS WAN T IT TO:

Republicans clear way for minimum-wage rise (Reuters, 1/30/07)

Full Senate approval is now possible because Democrats agreed to Republican demands to include tax cuts for small businesses to help cover the cost of raising the minimum wage over two years to $7.25 per hour from $5.15 per hour.

On an 87-10 vote, the Democratic-led Senate agreed to end more than a week of debate and hold a vote in coming days on the bill to increase the minimum wage and provide about $8.3 billion in tax breaks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2007 6:01 PM
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It's still a shame though. People should be able to work for any wage they like. And $7.25 just might be high enough a minimum wage to actually create unemployment.

Posted by: Nathan Smith at January 30, 2007 9:27 PM

Hardly. No one makes minimum. Stop at the nearest drug store or fast food place and ask what you'd start at.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2007 9:39 PM

A custodial position at our local county courthouse starts at $9.50/hr plus frequent time-and-a-half overtime plus a princely benefits package. It's not surprising that people making that kind of money disdain to clean public restrooms.

Posted by: erp at January 31, 2007 9:50 AM
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