minimum wage increase http://wamc.org en Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage http://wamc.org/post/survey-says-small-businesses-want-1010-us-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.</p><p>It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:56:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 85335 at http://wamc.org Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage POTUS' Call For $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Sparks Debate http://wamc.org/post/potus-call-1010hour-minimum-wage-sparks-debate <p>On the same day he delivered his State of The Union address this week, President Barack Obama announced that he was increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor workers to $10.10 per hour. There’s mixed reaction to the idea...</p><p></p><p>The federal minimum wages stands at $7.25 an hour. Many agree that raising the minimum wage re-adjusts it to 1960s levels; for example, the $1.60 minimum wage of 1968 was worth more than $10.50 in 2013 dollars.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:17:05 +0000 Dave Lucas 82893 at http://wamc.org POTUS' Call For $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Sparks Debate Protesters Greet Cuomo At Manhattan Re-Election Campaign Stop http://wamc.org/post/protesters-greet-cuomo-manhattan-re-election-campaign-stop <p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:13:15 +0000 Dave Lucas 81999 at http://wamc.org Protesters Greet Cuomo At Manhattan Re-Election Campaign Stop Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage http://wamc.org/post/mass-legislative-commitee-will-hold-hearing-raising-minimum-wage <p>The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.</p><p></p><p>The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:22:35 +0000 Lucas Willard 66700 at http://wamc.org Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage State budget increases minimum wage http://wamc.org/post/state-budget-increases-minimum-wage <p>ALBANY – Area state lawmakers are divided on increasing the minimum wage, a provision approved Thursday night in the 2013-14 budget.</p><p>Assemblyman James Skoufis (D, Town of Woodbury) supports the wage hike.</p><p>“Over three years we phase it in to $9 an hour, which is something I pushed strongly for and the Assembly pushes strongly for since I took office in January,” Skoufis said.</p><p>But, another freshman lawmaker from the Hudson Valley, Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill), has a different take on the issue.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:48:30 +0000 Hank Gross 61000 at http://wamc.org State budget increases minimum wage