largely because of the perceived loss of "competitiveness" by raising it locally. This is a major argument usually used by opponents to local increases. Raising it nationally keeps everyone on the same competitive playing field, though logically it should be higher in places with higher costs of living than those with lower. I'm not sure you could codify that, or that courts would le it stand, however.
-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
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Did you catch the "show time" episode with Hillary Clinton,
Ted Kennedy and Charles Schumer in front of a cheering
crowd and the TV cameras, espousing that Congress should
not get a pay raise until Congress raises the minimum wage ?
Why this proposal, at this late date ? Why not in previous
Congresses ? Why....a staged photo op in celebration of
the recent election.
If they are serious and succeed in "enacting" some form of
"legislation", what happens to the existing "legislation", now
on the books, that "requires" the Congress "to refuse" an
annual statutory raise, not vote to accept the raise ?
Has Hillary, Ted or Charles refused any of the raises ? How
many sitting congress members have refused raises ?
For refresher: http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/agencies/a/raise4congress.htm
....and that was in 2004.
Why don't people, all over the country, get on the backs of
their local governments, city and state, whom they are much
closer to, and force enactment of minimum wage at that level,
rather than depend upon the federal government ?
Many States and Cities have already enacted minimum wage
laws and ordinances. Local governments know what is
reasonable and best for their areas.
Anything coming out of Wash DC is too much of a "one size fits all"
and has too many strings and red tape attached. What is
reasonable in New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles, in all
probability, is not reasonable for "Booneyville".