By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star, July 23, 2009. Also Sacramento Bee, New Jersey Record, Sun Journal (ME), more.
The federal minimum wage rises today from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour, bringing with it controversy about whether the increase is good or bad for the economy.
The raise, which will affect about 4 million workers nationally, is the third and final increase mandated by Congress in 2007.
For a full-time minimum wage earner, the bump means $28 a week more.