The last federal minimum wage increase occurred in 2009 during the first year of the Obama Presidency.
That minimum wage was $7.25, and yet, 12 years later, there are those who oppose an increase after more than a decade.
It is true that many states have a higher minimum wage, but it is more than past due to raise the federally mandated minimum wage in stages to $15 by 2025.
It is not as if there is a call for an immediate jump, but over four years, it is not too much to demand!
There are millions of low paid wage earners who cannot support themselves, and if the minimum wage had been based on the cost of living since its inception in 1938 under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the minimum wage now would be $24!
So the Democrats need to push through this legislation, maybe separately from the COVID 19 Pandemic legislation, with or without much Republican support!