Well, this isn’t a typical election year. Why should the perennial fight over the minimum wage be any different?
We usually hear calls to raise it by a dollar or two. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, so you’d expect advocates of a higher starting salary to call for $8.25 or so. So what are we to make of the push to hike it to $15, and the fact that it’s catching on with many federal, state and local lawmakers?
California and New York have approved a phased-in, $15-an-hour starting salary. Several cities, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have, too. In Congress, meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation to raise the wage to $15 an hour over a four-year period.