Raising the minimum wage

 

March 7, 2007

 

Today I call on Pete Domenici to support raising the minimum wage for working New Mexicans. 

 

The US House of Representatives passed a raise in the minimum wage on January 10th.  The House version is a clean bill.  It simply raises the minimum wage from the current $5.15 per hour to$7.25.  The raise would affect 13 million Americans, many thousands of New Mexicans. 

 

The Senate version is not clean.  The Senate, including Pete Domenici, has inserted an $8.3 billion tax cut.  This is a blackmail tactic against the poorest working Americans. 

 

The business community has received over $300 billion in tax cuts in the nine years since the last time the minimum wage was raised.  And Pete Domenici has received pay raises totaling $31,600 in the same time period.

 

I urge Pete Domenici to support a clean increase in the minimum wage.

 

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