Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Minimum Wage Craze Sweeping The Nation

Minwage_1_2Update:  The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed a minimum wage increase to $7.25/hr.

If my home state of Mississippi is even considering passing a minimum wage increase, you know that you have a bona fide minimum wage wave sweeping the country. 

From the Clarion-Ledger:

With one lawmaker saying Mississippians shouldn’t be “cheap labor,” the state House today approved a bill that would set a state minimum wage that’s 40 percent higher than the national base of $5.15 an hour.

There is an exception: Students, regardless of age, could still be paid the federal minimum, if that figure remains lower.

Of course, this being Mississippi, home of one of the only states without a Department of Labor or state anti-discrimination law, there is still going to be a fight over whether there should be such worker-friendly legislation:

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour opposes the bill, as do several business groups.
Prospects for the state election-year proposal appear dim. The bill moves to the Senate, which is generally considered friendlier to business groups.

But shoot, Mississippi workers are some of the best paid in the country, so who needs a wage increase anyway? (Should be detecting a note of sarcasm here). 

In any event, there will likely be a federal minimum wage increase this year, so all of this is somewhat moot.

Hat Tip:  Megan McGrew

PS

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Comments

Well I bet if Governor Barbour was paid minimum wage his opinion would change. Move him out of the mansion and into a ghetto with hungry kids and see what he thinks then.

Posted by: JC | Jan 10, 2007 2:41:22 PM

During the Great Depression,the
Democratics had a repuation for
helping the poor and the working
people.Over 70 yrs.later they still do.

Posted by: Tim Stites | Jan 11, 2007 3:22:01 AM

"Minimum Wage Craze" does seem to be taking over. I recently posted this article on my site dealing with a "side effect" of the craze:

http://www.calemployeerightsblog.com/2007/01/11/side-effects-of-californias-increased-minimum-wage/

Posted by: James Peters | Jan 13, 2007 8:09:53 AM

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