Saturday, July 12, 2003

Republicans to minimum wage workers: Drop Dead!

Helen Dewar of WaPo writes:

Democrats argued that a minimum wage increase, last approved by Congress seven years ago, is long overdue and complained that Republicans were refusing to allow the Senate even to consider the issue.
In a speech to the Senate, Kennedy said that minimum wage employees working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, earn $10,700 a year, or $4,500 below the poverty line for a family of three. The value of the increase that Congress approved seven years ago has eroded to the point that their wages are worth less now than they were before the last increase, he added.

$10,700 a year .... That's about 5 hotdogs at a Bush campaign loot fest.