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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Minimum wage hike kicks in today

70 cent raise is first increase in 10 years

By Tammy Joyner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7/24/07

Connor Adams started his first job less than a month ago and already he's slated for a raise, thanks to Uncle Sam.

"Oh! Really?" the 15-year-old responded when told of the extra money he'll get in his paycheck starting today.

He was hired at $5.50 an hour — above the old hourly minimum wage of $5.15 — to bus tables for the summer at Grant Central Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Grant Park. Now, he'll get $5.85 an hour, the result of Congress passing an increase this year.

McClatchy-Tribune News Op-Ed: Holly Sklar, Pay CEOs less, minimum wage workers more

By Holly Sklar
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, 7/19/07
Minuteman Media, 8/15/07
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Minimum wage workers made $5.15 an hour when Harry Potter became a sensation a decade ago, and nothing more until July 24, three days after the final Harry Potter book release.

The same year Harry Potter and the $5.15 minimum wage made their debuts, in 1997, Business Week declared CEO pay was "Out of Control." Since then, CEO pay has gotten more out of control.

Inc: Millions of U.S. Workers Hear "You're Getting a Raise"

The first minimum wage increase in a decade took effect this week, prompting debate among business owners

By Angus Loten
Inc., 7/24/07

Following the first raise in the federal minimum wage in a decade, which took effect this week, business, trade, and employee groups continue to clash over its long-term impact on small business.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Op-Ed: Lya Sorano, Businesses back wage raise; state should, too

By Lya Sorano
Atlanta Journal Constitution, 07/24/07

In Georgia, one of the reddest of the "red states," one might expect an almost universal denouncement of the raise in the minimum wage. In fact, the opposite is true.

Business owners and managers I've spoken with aren't concerned. They're glad the minimum wage is going up because workers deserve it and they believe it will help our local economy.

AHN: U.S. Minimum Wage Increases; Business Owners Disagree On Potential Outcome

By Jessica Pupovac
AHN (All Headline News), 7/24/07

Washington, DC (AHN) - Advocates for low-wage workers today are celebrating the first increase in the federal minimum wage to go into effect for over a decade, from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour.

The step is part of a three-part process legislated by Congress in May. On July 24, 2009, at its culmination, the federal minimum wage will reach $7.25. That comes to just over $15,000 a year before taxes for a 52-week work year. The federal poverty level for singles is $10,210, couples is $13,690 and $17,170 for families of three.

Gifts & Decorative Accessories: Higher Minimum Wage Takes Effect

By Staff
Gifts & Decorative Accessories, 7/24/07

Washington, DC — For the first time in 10 years, the minimum wage increased on July 24 to $5.58 an hour from $5.15. Another increase, to $6.55, will follow on July 24, 2008 and yet another on July 24, 2009 to $7.25.

The increase marks the end of the longest period without a raise since the minimum wage was enacted in 1938.

North Fulton Times: Georgia Business Leaders Cheer Raise In Minimum Wage

North Fulton Times, 7/24/07

July 20, 2007, Georgia – On July 24, for the first time in ten years, the federal minimum wage will go up – marking the end of the longest period without a raise since the minimum wage was enacted in 1938. Many Georgia workers will get a raise from $5.15 to $5.85 next week. Contrary to conventional wisdom, many businesses are cheering the raise.

USA Today: Minimum wage hike kicks in Tuesday

By Stephanie Armour
USA Today, 7/23/07

A new federal minimum wage will go into effect Tuesday, the first in a series of wage increases heralded by some low-income advocates but criticized by business leaders as a potential financial blow.

The minimum wage that takes effect today will boost pay for covered, non-exempt employees to $5.85 an hour from $5.15. The next jump will occur on July 24, 2008, to $6.55 an hour, and then to $7.25 an hour effective July 24, 2009.

The last wage increase was a two-step increase in 1996 and 1997.

TomPaine.com: An Overdue Pay Raise

By Isaiah J. Poole
TomPaine.com, 7/23/07

With all of the talk about the conservative obstructionism in Congress that is keeping important bills from becoming law, Tuesday brings something worth celebrating: The federal minimum wage, which had been frozen at $5.15 an hour for almost 10 years, increases 70 cents an hour, to $5.85 cents an hour.

Wall Street Journal: Minimum Wage: Economy Not Likely to Flinch As Many Get Raises

By Kris Maher
Wall Street Journal, 7/21/07

On Tuesday, about two million workers will get a raise, as the first increase in the federal minimum wage since 1997 takes effect.

But for all the handwringing about how raising the federal minimum wage would hurt employers and boost inflation, this week's initial wage increase to $5.85 an hour is expected to have little impact on the economy. The price of a cheese pizza might rise, but that could be blamed on higher dairy and gasoline prices, as well as higher pay for cooks and cashiers.

New Orleans City Business: Louisiana businesses champion minimum wage hike

New Orleans City Business, 7/20/07

METAIRIE - Seven Louisiana business people have signed a nationwide statement in support of the higher federal minimum wage, which takes effect Tuesday.

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a project of Boston-based Business for Shared Prosperity, is collecting signatures from businesses across the country in support of the higher minimum wage at www.businessforafairminimumwage.org.

The Louisiana signatures are from:

- Evelyn Cathey, Mandeville, president of Creations Galore.

- Donna Cleary, Baton Rouge, owner and CEO of Cleary Enterprises.

KAKE-TV 10, ABC, Wichita: Raise in Minimum Wage Applauded by Business Leaders

KAKE-TV 10, ABC, Wichita, 7/20/07

Kansas – On July 24, for the first time in ten years, the federal minimum wage will go up – marking the end of the longest period without a raise since the minimum wage was enacted in 1938.

Kansas workers covered under the federal law will get a raise from $5.15 to $5.85 next week. Contrary to conventional wisdom, many businesses are cheering the raise.

Industry Week: Minimum Wage Forum

Minimum Wages: How Does Your State Stack Up?
By Brad Kenney, IT Editor
Industry Week, 7/20/07

According to a recent study by HR information and software provider CCH, workers in most states will not be affected by the upcoming increase in the federal minimum wage to $5.85.

That's because 32 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages higher than the new federal level.