February 2, 2007
Yesterday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the first federal minimum wage increase in ten years to help working Americans struggling to make ends meet. But despite little economic evidence that a higher minimum wage will harm small businesses, the Senate added to the bill over $8 billion in unnecessary tax give-aways with no plan for how to pay for them. Last month the House passed a fiscally responsible “clean” minimum wage bill that included only limited tax breaks. The congressional conference committee should follow the House’s approach as it works to deliver this long overdue raise for working families.