Sanders Is Calling Out Centrists on “Simple Moral Issue” of Minimum Wage

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      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-is-calling-out-centrists-on-simple-moral-issue-of-minimum-wage/

      Reports have found that the Raise the Wage Act would lift wages for 21 percent of the U.S. workforce, which economists have found would stimulate the economy in a time of crucial need as the nation deals with the economic fallout of the pandemic.

      Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, however, remained staunch in their stances on Tuesday that they would rather have $11 an hour be the benchmark for the federal minimum wage, Politico reports. Sinema even pointed out that if the wage was raised to $11 now and then indexed to inflation, it could be close to the $15 minimum wage goal by 2024 — even as she continues to defend her vote against the proposal in the stimulus.

      Other opponents of the Raise the Wage Act took issue particularly with the elimination of the subminimum wage for tipped workers. Lawmakers like Senators Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) were concerned about placing strain on the restaurant industry during the pandemic. Others like Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) have proposed a compromise of raising the tipped minimum wage to half of the regular minimum wage.

      But advocates of getting rid of the tipped minimum wage argue that this is a ripe opportunity to do so as the pandemic has especially hurt tipped workers who were already struggling to get by, further demonstrating the need to phase it out completely. The pandemic has made already precarious incomes for tipped workers into “guesswork,” one restaurant worker told The New Republic last year.

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      gordyfl
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      By doing so, she said, the minimum wage will be close to $15 by 2024.

      What type of (hyper)inflation is she anticipating?

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      mrdmk
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      With the press doing this, they are doing the nation a big disservice.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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