Monday, May 28, 2007
Lost in the news that the political parties have come to agreement on an Iraq spending bill is the fact that the same legislation included the first raise of the federal minimum wage in some 10 years. Here's a summary from Mitch Rubinstein at the Adjunct Law Prof Blog:
Stephen Labaton in his May 25, 2007 New York Times article entitled "Congress Passes Increase in Minimum Wage" reports on the House approving the first increase in minimum wage in a decade. Two hours later, it was approved by the Senate where it was combined with a Bill providing more money for the war in Iraq. This Bill, which the President is expected to sign, would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 from its current $5.15 over two years.
A welcome development, but like Mitch I wonder why this legislation had to be tied to war spending. Minimum wage legislation should stand or fall on its own merits and not be held hostage to other agendas.