Cox Media: Congress weighs raising federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Samantha Manning
Cox Media Group, Washington News Bureau, Feb 24, 2021

Leaders in Washington are debating whether the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. A House subcommittee took up the issue Wednesday, and lawmakers were at odds over the long-term economic impact to workers and small businesses.

Lawmakers heard from a small-business owner of a [skin care] company based in New Hampshire which already starts the pay rate for workers at $15 an hour.

“Our fair pay business model has helped us to attract and retain excellent staff, while supporting the health of our community and keeping us successful into second-generation family ownership,” said Rebecca Hamilton, Co-CEO of W.S. Badger Company. ...

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