minimum wage

The South gets a pay raise

By R. Neal
July 24, 2007 - Thousands of workers in Mississippi got a pay raise today. No, the state did not pass a new minimum wage law. Nor did Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, or Louisiana. Instead, Congress made good on one of their "first 100 hours" pledges, and the new federal minimum wage of $5.85 per hour goes into effect as of today.

TN minimum wage update

By R. Neal
May 26, 2006 - After numerous delays over the past few weeks, it appears the Tennessee House may finally be voting on the minimum wage bill. It was scheduled for a vote yesterday in both the House and the Senate, but was postponed again until today. It now appears that the House is voting on several amendments at this moment, indicating that a vote on the bill could be imminent. More details as they emerge... UPDATE: The minimum wage increase has passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives, 52 to 43. Still waiting for a Senate vote...

TN votes on wage hike; it's good business

May 24, 2006 - The Tennessee legislature will vote today on whether to boost the minimum wage, joining several others states (including North Carolina) seeking to shore up the federal wage floor which languished nationally since 1997.

Momentum builds for wage hike in NC

May 15, 2006 - North Carolinians for Fair Wages -- a coalition seeking to boost the state's minimum wage -- is having a big press conference today, with former Sen. John Edwards, current state treasurer Richard Moore and other key leaders speaking out.

Tennessee minimum wage bill scheduled for vote

By R. Neal
May 11, 2006 - The Tennessee House of Representatives will vote today on the new minimum wage law that will raise the state's minimum wage to $6.15. The bill has also cleared committees in the Senate and a vote there is expected soon. But a funny thing happened on the way to the floor for a vote. Actually, a couple of funny things. Well, not so funny, really.

Decent pay

April 12, 2006 - Opponents of bringing the minimum wage in line with today's economy often say a wage hike will destroy small business. (They also argue that most businesses already pay higher wages anyway, an argument that completely contradicts the first point -- but I digress.)