For the first time in a decade, the House approved an increase in the federal minimum wage — to $15 an hour, including for tipped workers.
According to CBS, passage was expected Wednesday after centrists won concessions for a slower phase-in, over six years instead of five.
They also won assurances the pay hike could be halted midway if a study shows job losses or other adverse effects.
A minimum wage hike has been a top Democratic campaign promise, intended to address income inequality that’s driving the 2020 political debate. Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said raising the wage is the “right thing to do.” [Continue Reading]