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5/24/2005

TIME TO BOOST MINIMUM WAGE

Source: AFL-CIO

New minimum wage legislation would increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in three steps over 26 months. The minimum wage has been $5.15 an hour since 1997. The legislation (no bill numbers have been assigned) was introduced May 18 by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). Republican leaders and the Bush administration have blocked meaningful minimum wage increases repeatedly in the past several years, most recently in March.

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