Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What can you get with $5.15?

Not much. A worker paid $5.15 an hour would earn $10,700 a year.

Yet the Republican-controlled Senate smothered a proposed increase in the minimum wage today, rejecting Democratic claims that it was past time to boost the $5.15 hourly pay floor that has been in effect for nearly a decade.

The 52-46 vote was eight short of the 60 needed for approval.

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