Minimum Wage Goes Up

The federal minimum wage goes up this week to $5.85-an-hour.

That’s 70 cents higher than the old minimum and is the first increase in ten years. But some lawmakers and labor experts said it’s still far from ideal.

Somebody being paid the minimum wage will be earning roughly $12,000-a-year before taxes and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller said it’s “an outrage” that in the “wealthiest country in the history of the world,” anybody could work full time and still wind up in poverty.