Lawmakers sponsor minimum-wage bills across the country
A national review by the Associated Press shows lawmakers in more than half of U.S. states are sponsoring or are expected to introduce legislation for minimum-wage increases.
The push is primarily coming from Democrats in statehouses, who are trying to achieve minimum-wage hikes on the state level absent federal legislation.
Jason Zengerle of POLITICO magazine wrote earlier this month that Democrats are likely to make minimum-wage legislation a “centerpiece” of 2014 midterm election efforts.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month, American voters overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage, by a wide margin of 71 to 21 percent.
Neil Sroka, communications director at Democracy for America, told the AP the strategy is “a no-brainer for any Democrat.”
Opponents contend wage increases may mean fewer jobs and higher costs for consumers.
More PBS NewsHour reporting on the minimum wage:
Life in the cash economy for “underbanked” Americans (Dec. 15, 2013)
Calculating a living wage across the United States (Dec. 15, 2013)
Poverty rates surge in American suburbs (Jan. 11, 2014)