A listener writes: "If you make the minimum wage $15/hour, it’s not enough in New York and it’s way too much in Peoria. Would it be possible to tie the minimum wage to the cost of living?"
Raising the minimum from $7.25 to $15 per hour is part of the American Rescue Act, now making its way through Congress.
This is a fraught time to tackle minimum wage increases. It would address long-term inequities but more businesses are in trouble now.
This year especially, voters are sympathetic to minimum wage workers on the front lines during a pandemic, an economist says.
It would be the first increase at the federal level since 2009, but Senate Republicans aren't likely to consider the bill.
The last time federal minimum wage went up was in July of 2009.
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Congress hasn’t raised the federal minimum wage since 2009, but many states and localities have.