President Obama might raise the minimum wage

Feb 26, 2013 No Comments by
During his State of the Union address on February 13, President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. If enacted, the increase in the wages will move forward in stages reaching $9 by the end of 2015. “Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong” said President Obama.
While Republicans say that an increase in wages will raise costs and therefore reduce employment, the White House estimated that minimum wage adjustment would raise the incomes of about 15 million low-income workers in the United States. Supporters of the move, including Christine Owens, the executive director of the National Employment Law Project say it will also help increase productivity and help reduce employee turnover, “A higher minimum wage is key to getting the economy back on track for working people and the middle class. The president’s remarks also cement the growing consensus on the left and right that one of the best ways to get the economy going again is to put the money in the pockets of people who work” said Owens.
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