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PBS NewsHour: Minimum Wage on the Rise?

This Week From the Hill By Allie Morris and Simone Pathe
PBS NewsHour, March 8, 2013 

$10.10 is the new $7.25. At least that's what Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., are hoping. At a packed press conference in the Dirksen Senate offices Tuesday, the pair proposed legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour, from the current minimum of $7.25, in three 95-cent increments. ...

Baltimore Post Examiner: Minimum wage hike draws opponents, supporters

By Becca Heller
Baltimore Post Examiner, March 8, 2013

A bill to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10 an hour drew 46 witnesses Thursday to a Senate hearing on the divisive issue. ...

Supporters of the bill argue that the minimum wage hike would create an upturn in the economy by putting money into the pockets of consumers.

“Our members support raising minimum wage because it addresses one of the biggest problems that we see facing the economy and that’s weak demand,” said Bryan McGannon of the American Sustainable Business Council.

Athens Ohio Today: How minimum should the wage be?

Op-Ed By Guido H. Stempel III
Athens Ohio Today, March 8, 2013

President Obama set off a dialogue about the minimum wage when he suggested in his State of the Union message that it should be raised to $9 an hour.

We immediately began hearing from those who said this would increase unemployment and those who said analysis of what happened in the past when the minimum wage was raised showed that unemployment did not increase. Then a group of liberals suggested it would be $10 an hour.

Capital Gazette: [MD] Minimum wage hike gets Senate committee hearing

By Alex Jackson
Capital Gazette, March 7, 2013

For Natalie Uribe, a 16-year-old Glen Burnie resident, a little hike to the minimum wage could do a lot.

Uribe was one of many workers who came to Annapolis as the minimum wage war raged on Thursday. After a similar House hearing in February, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on legislation that would gradually boost the the state's minimum wage to $10 by 2015. ...

But for Uribe, who works for the minimum wage, the bill would help her family pay their taxes and other important expenses, she said.

Washington Business Journal: Costco, U.S. Women's Chamber urge increase to Maryland minimum wage

Washington Business Journal, March 7, 2013

Costco Wholesale Corp. CEO Craig Jelinek and U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Dorfman are urging the General Assembly to raise Maryland's minimum wage, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour. Jelinek of Costco in written testimony said his company pays a starting wage of $11.50, adding, "we know it's a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty."

Journal News Editorial: [NY] State must raise minimum wage

Journal News (NY)
Editorial, March 6, 2013

Pretend you were advising the state Senate on whether to increase the minimum wage in New York, a leader among the states in income inequality: Would you take your counsel from Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, who knows something about job creation and the bottom line, or would you take your lead from the state Assembly, which just voted to boost the hourly minimum to $9?

It was a trick question: It would be wise to listen to both.