minimum wage

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.)

Virginia rejects minimum wage hike

By R. Neal
February 9, 2006 - From the Washington Post, the Virginia legislature rejected a proposed state minimum wage increase to $6.15 per hour, leaving the current federal minimum wage standard of $5.15 in place.

Wal-Mart steps up PR offensive, supports minimum wage hike

October 26, 2005 - Just a day after unveiling a new "low cost" health insurance plan for its employees (which includes, critics note, a $1,000 deductible), Arkansas-based Wal-Mart came out with another startling revelation, noted in today's Wall Street Journal news roundup via Arkansas Daily Blog: Taking on critics of its treatment of employees while acknowledging the needs of working-class customers, Wal-Mart Stores Chief Executive Lee Scott, called on Congress to consider raising the minimum wage.