Three weeks after President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, a bill is being introduced to do that.
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat, are sponsoring legislation to gradually raise the federal wage floor to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.25.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would provide for automatic annual adjustments based on changes in the cost of living.
If passed, the act also would gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. The current federal minimum is $2.13 an hour, where it has stood for more than 20 years. The bill would make the tipped-worker guarantee equal to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
Diane Stafford, The Star