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Laura Fitzpatrick
Jul 24 2009 Time Magazine

With the U.S. trillions of dollars in the hole, 70 cents an hour sounds like chump change. But it's a big boost for the millions of workers who earn that much extra as of July 24. The increase is the third and final uptick in a hike that has...

Pat Garofalo
Jul 24 2009 Think Progress: The Wonk Room
Today, Fox News ran a segment on today’s minimum wage increase — which raises the minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour — accompanied by a chyron stating “How The Hike Will Hurt.”

While...

Dionne Walker
Jul 23 2009 Associated Press
ATLANTA — A federal minimum wage increase that takes effect Friday could prolong the recession, some economists say, by forcing small businesses to lay off the same workers that the pay hike passed in better times was meant to help.

The increase...

Kent Ross
Jul 23 2009 Distributed by American Forum
As a small business owner, I find that people expect me to grumble about the increase in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour as of July 24. But I’m not grumbling. In fact, I think it should be raised further.

Every time the...
Holly Sklar
Jul 23 2009 Distributed by McClatchy Tribune News Service
Are you better off than you were 40 years ago? Not if you're a minimum wage worker...
Jonathan Springston
Jul 23 2009 Atlanta Progressive News

The federal minimum wage is set to increase Friday to $7.25 per hour. The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign said in a press release this week that the increase is good but not enough. Their campaign calls for a $10 minimum wage in 2010....

Holly Sklar
Jul 22 2009 Let Justice Roll

Summary

  • Recent minimum wage raises are too little, too late.
  • The minimum wage is a poverty wage instead of an anti-poverty wage.
  • The minimum wage sets the wage floor. A low minimum wage...

Jul 22 2009

Minimum wage raises have been so little, so late that even with the increase to $7.25 on July 24, workers will still make less than the $7.93 minimum wage of 1956, adjusting for inflation. It...