Minimum wage increase proposals are being pushed in about 30 states according to reports. The proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in more than half of U.S. states, addressing the income inequality issue. According to a national report by The Associated Press, lawmakers in about 30 states are expected to introduce increased wages. President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are hindered attempting to increase the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour. The president is expected to address the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
Reports state the proposal will have a hard time being approved by the Republican-dominated sector, and the Democrats are hoping they have a chance to drive home the popular theme of fair wages. Communications director of the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America Neil Sroka stated the Democrats are capable of having the bill pass. He also mentioned Congress is failing, and the Democrats can take action in the states and have an impact on a local level. It is a winning approach for politics and policy.
Amid the slowly recovering economy, minimum wage has been a continuing and growing debate of income inequality. In a recent poll by the Quinnipiac University, they found 71 percent of Americans are in favor of increasing the minimum wage, which included more than half of Republicans.
Executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Michael Sargeant describes the debate as a crucial issue bubbling forth from the grassroots. However, the issue is also being pressed by politicians and labor unions. Democrats are challenging Republican governors to take up this issue. Massachusetts Democratic Senate President Therese Murray stated the United States is faced with a huge income gap, for the workers at the top are receiving larger wage increases while the workers at the bottom are at a standstill.
Last year in the United States, five states passed the minimum wage bill, and so far about 30 states have pushed minimum wage increase proposals. However many of the Republicans are against it, stating that higher wages mean fewer jobs and increased buyer costs. Therefore, Republican-controlled states such as Florida and South Carolina are not expected to pass the bill. Florida Governor Rick Scott stated the assertion that families need the minimum wage increased makes him cringe because he knows it is a lie. He also added if the minimum wage is raised families still cannot make ends meet. Scott suggested Americans need good jobs that bring about good careers, and that is his main focus. Democrats passed a bill for Indiana to raise the minimum wage by $1.00; however, the bill was intercepted by majority Republican vote. Democratic strategist Eddie Vale stated Republicans who oppose the minimum wage increase will face brutal criticism.
So far, minimum wage increase proposals were pushed in about 30 states. Mike Turner, who is the House Democratic Caucus Chairman of Tennessee, stated there are a lot people in this state making minimum wage, and they are voting Republican. He implied that Republican voters need to realize the legislators do not have their best interest at heart.
By Bridget Cunningham