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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.)

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.