You’ll be hearing a lot about the $7.25 an hour that federal law guarantees many workers in America this year.
A lot about raising it, as many states already have done.
And a lot of reasons why that’s a bad idea.
In states still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, it’s a potentially powerful campaign issue. Ask Charlie Crist, the Republican turned Democrat running for governor of what this year will become the third-most populous state:
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCristFL) December 31, 2013
It’s playing in Iowa, too:
Iowa gubernatorial candidate proposes increasing state’s minimum wage to $10.10/hour http://t.co/agKkPFk2vr
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) December 31, 2013
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 30, 2013
It will be driving the political agenda in Washington:
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 30, 2013
As well as in states well ahead of Washington on this one:
Democrats believe the minimum wage issue can help them in 2014 elections http://t.co/fdyS1wgjVN
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 31, 2013
— Jersey Tribune (@JerseyTribune) December 31, 2013
Some want to take it a lot further than $10.
— CNNMoney.com (@CNNMoney) December 31, 2013
Yet the idea is hardly universally popular.
Some suggest there are better ways of giving people a leg up.
— AEI (@AEI) December 30, 2013
— Cato Institute (@CatoInstitute) December 26, 2013
We know where the White House is on this.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 30, 2013
It’s going to be a great year all around.