BFMW In the News

Free Lance Star: Webb backs federal minimum wage bill

By Chelyen Davis
Free Lance Star (VA), Aug 4, 2012

When Sen. Jim Webb entered the Senate in 2007, one of the first bills he backed raised the federal minimum wage. ...

This week he signed on to co-sponsor another bill to raise the federal minimum wage, this time to $9.80 an hour over two years.

The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, where it’s been since 2009. That rate was set in the 2007 bill, which at the time was the first increase in the federal minimum wage in a decade. ...

Gaston Gazette: Who benefits by raising the minimum wage?

By Ragan Robinson
Gaston Gazette (NC), August 4, 2012 

... Reporter inboxes filled with releases from Business for a Fair Minimum Wage last week, applauding new federal legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9.80 in three years.

Minimum wage workers have less buying power than they had 50 years ago, the group said. ...

The think tanks can argue this one, but any way you slice it, the Americans who earn the least would see more income from an increase in the minimum wage.

Black Enterprise: Small Businesses Say Raise The Minimum Wage

By Carolyn M. Brown
Black Enterprise, August 1, 2012

It’s been three years now since there was a national minimum wage increase. The current federal minimum wage was raised from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour as of July 24, 2009. At $7.25 an hour, that comes to just $15,080 a year for full-time work—a figure still below the official poverty line. Small business owners, congressional leaders, and advocates across the country are calling for renewed focus on sub-poverty earnings that millions of Americans are expected to get by on. ...

York Dispatch: Businesses push for minimum wage hike

By Larry Hicks
York Dispatch (PA), July 25, 2012 

Excerpt: "The Business for Shared Prosperity ... believes it's time to increase the federal minimum wage again. ...

Anyway, I'm reading this email, and I'm thinking how unusual and surprising it is for business owners to be promoting an increase in the minimum wage. Their reason? Well, they're saying they think an increase 'would be good for business and the economy.'"

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The Hill: Margot Dorfman, USWCC, Raising minimum wage is good for Main Street

Op-Ed By Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
The Hill, July 24, 2012
Distributed nationally by American Forum 

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 24, 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy.

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Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Minimum wage raise toll estimated

By Craig Smith
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, July 24, 2012

Excerpt: Tuesday marks the anniversary of the last federal minimum wage hike in 2009. ...

Some small business owners believe the raise is overdue.Today's minimum-wage workers have far less buying power than their counterparts in 1968 when the minimum wage was at its highest value of $10.55 adjusted for inflation, according to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives. 

American Forum: Mark Jaffe, Minimum wage increase will improve the business climate

Op-Ed By Mark S. Jaffe
President and CEO, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
Distributed by American Forum, June 2012

Our mission at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce is to improve the business climate and quality of life in New York. And raising the minimum wage will do just that.

That’s right – a minimum wage increase will improve our business climate, not hurt it. It will help local businesses grow and prosper. And it will improve the quality of life for New Yorkers.

Albany Times Union: Margot Dorfman, USWCC, Wage hike would help women

By Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
Albany Times Union, June 9, 2012

While some portray debate over the minimum wage as a fight between business and workers, raising the minimum wage is in reality good for both. The business owners I talk with every day believe that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy.

Buffalo News: Jonathon Welch, Minimum wage increase would help small businesses

Op-Ed By Jonathon Welch

Buffalo News, June 6, 2012

The best way for state legislators in New York to support small businesses is to help us get our customers back.

Unfortunately, many policy-makers in Albany are trying to support small businesses by blocking policies needed to boost consumer demand. A case in point is the current proposal to raise the state minimum wage, which the Republican leadership in the State Senate has refused to consider even after the Assembly approved an increase.

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