By Michael E. Kanell
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 24, 2009
Extra 70 cents will put squeeze on employers at wrong time, some critics say
The much-debated increase in the minimum wage takes effect today, putting a bit more money in the pockets of low-paid workers but adding to employers’ costs at a time when many are struggling.
In the last of three annual boosts mandated by Congress in 2007, the minimum for most workers today rises 70 cents to $7.25 an hour. The increases were the first since 1997.