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Biden takes a step toward $15 federal minimum wage

Jan 22, 2021
This is a fraught time to tackle minimum wage increases. It would address long-term inequities but more businesses are in trouble now.
President Joe Biden signs an executive order as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event on the economic crisis Friday.
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Minimum wage increases for workers in more than 20 states this year

Jan 1, 2021
This year especially, voters are sympathetic to minimum wage workers on the front lines during a pandemic, an economist says.
McDonald's restaurant employees rally for a $15 per hour wage in 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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House to vote on raising the federal minimum wage

Jul 18, 2019
It would be the first increase at the federal level since 2009, but Senate Republicans aren't likely to consider the bill.
Workers strike in Los Angeles, California for a minimum wage of $15/hour in 2016.
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What's the purpose of a minimum wage?

Jul 7, 2017
We check in on the employer side of the minimum wage debate to see how policies impact businesses.
Food preparation at 71Above, in Los Angeles, CA.
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There is a patchwork of minimum wages across the U.S.

Dec 23, 2016
Congress hasn’t raised the federal minimum wage since 2009, but many states and localities have.
California Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 while surrounded by supporters and politicians on stage at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles, California on April 4, 2016. 
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