U.S. Leading Economists: RAISE MINIMUM WAGE! Listening, George?

By: lauralib
Published On: 10/11/2006 3:13:33 PM

Leading economists think the federal minimum wage needs to be raised.

George Allen lied during the debate.  He voted against raising the minimum wage.  Go right to the source -- The U.S. Senate site:  http://www.senate.go...



U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate.

Vote Summary 

Question: On the Amendment (Kennedy Amdt. No. 44 ) 

Vote Number:  26 Vote Date:  March 7, 2005, 05:37 PM

Required For Majority:  1/2 Vote Result:  Amendment Rejected

Amendment Number:  S.Amdt. 44 to to S. 256 (Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 ) 

Statement of Purpose:  To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

Vote Counts: YEAs 46

  NAYs 49

  Not Voting 5

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State 

Alphabetical by Senator Name Akaka (D-HI), Yea

Alexander (R-TN), Nay

Allard (R-CO), Nay

Allen (R-VA), Nay

Baucus (D-MT), Not Voting

Bayh (D-IN), Yea


You're not only prevaricating, George, but you're wrong on economic grounds--------U.S. leading economists think a raise is long overdue:


Nobel winners call for minimum wage hike By ELLEN SIMON, AP Business Writer
  43 minutes ago

More than 650 economists, including five winners of the Nobel Prize for economics, called Wednesday for an increase in the minimum wage, saying the value of the last increase, in 1997, has been "fully eroded."

Economists including Nobel prize winners Kenneth Arrow of Stanford University, Lawrence Klein of the University of Pennsylvania, Robert Solow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University and Clive Granger of the University of California, San Diego said in a statement released Wednesday that the real value of today's federal minimum wage is less than it has been at any time since 1951.

Federal minimum wage is $5.15 an hour. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have set their minimum wages above the federal level.

"We believe that a modest increase in the minimum wage would improve the well-being of low-wage workers and would not have the adverse effects that critics have claimed," the economists wrote.

Critics of a minimum wage hike have contended a higher minimum wage lead employers to cut jobs or move them offshore. They also say that many minimum wage earners are teenagers working after-school jobs.

The economists disagreed, writing that a phased-in increase in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 "falls well within the range of options where the benefits to the labor market, workers, and the overall economy would be positive."

The economists wrote that they share the view of a 1999 Council of Economic Advisors Economic report that found "the weight of the evidence suggests that modest increases in the minimum wage have had very little or no effect on employment."

The economists wrote, "While controversy about the precise employment effects of the minimum wage continues, research has shown that most of the beneficiaries are adults, most are female, and the vast majority are members of low-income working families."

The economists spoke on a conference call hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, an economic research group based in Washington, D.C.

p.s. George: I have a PhD in Economics.  I agree with those who think a raise is long overdue.

pps. There's technically no such think as a Nobel Prize in Economics, but that's another story -- Alfred Nobel did not establish that prize.  Why am I so detail and fact oriented?

Unlike "sound bite" George I guess.

Hey, George, wanna debate me?