Friday, February 20, 2015

Republic view: GOP plan to change minimum wage voter betrayal

We can see both viewpoints on setting this new minimum wage for workers younger than 18, as all 26 Republican senators voted in favor of the law and all seven Democrats opposed it. Last November, voters decided that the overall minimum wage would be $8.50. The majority decided to pass minimum wage increase by a 55-45 margin. Sen. Billie Sutton, a Democrat from Burke, argued Wednesday that SB 177 overturns a decision made by voters in November. Sutton explained there was nothing on the ballot about lower minimum wages for workers who are younger than 18. It was simply for anyone earning minimum wage. "That vote is a betrayal of the public's vote to improve the minimum wage," he said Wednesday. [editorial, Mitchell Daily Republic]

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