Gov. Pat Quinn agreed on Sunday to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a Nov. 4 Illinois ballot measure on the issue.
D.C. workers are celebrating today, as the city’s minimum wage increases from $8.25 to $9.50 per hour.
Employers and workers in the District are preparing for an increase to the minimum wage, which raises to $9.50 per hour on July 1.
A bill would enhance penalties for employers who pay their employees illegal wages or less than what they agreed to pay.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that he supports an increase in the country’s minimum wage, noting his own break from many other Republicans who oppose such a hike.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed a measure to increase the state’s minimum wage in steps over several years.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said that she supports raising the minimum wage in the state of California to $26 an hour, adding that she doesn’t think such a hike would hurt small business owners.
Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall’s congressional elections.
An economic analyst says timetable changes made to Maryland’s minimum wage increase bill will mean $875 a year less in a full-time worker’s yearly earnings, compared to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s original plan.
On a busy final day of legislation in Maryland, lawmakers approved the decriminalization of marijuana and a hike in minimum wage.