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Q&A: Congressman George Miller
Wednesday, 01 March 2006

PT talks to George Miller, U.S. Congressman from California and sponsor of H.R. 2429, a bill that would boost the federal minimum wage.

March 1, 2006

PT: At the end of the day, is the minimum wage debate actually a conflict between economic and social principles? Can it be reconciled?

Miller: When it comes to raising the minimum wage, we actually do well by doing good. It is wrong that in 2006 a person can work full-time, all year, in the richest country in the history of the world, and still not earn enough to make ends meet in even the most basic ways. That is wrong, and it is immoral. It's also bad policy. By putting more money into the pockets of people who will go out and spend it, we will boost the economy....

Q&A: Congressman Darrell Issa
Wednesday, 01 March 2006

PT talks to Darrell Issa, U.S. Congressman from California and sponsor of H.R. 3732 and H.R. 4505—two bills that would reform the federal minimum wage policy—about health care, the "American standard of life" and the challenges of a global marketplace.

PT: You've introduced legislation to reform the federal minimum wage standards. Talk a little bit about your bills, and the policy issues you had to consider in drafting them.

Issa: When we look at minimum wage, whether people agree with the given level or not, I think everyone agrees that it hasn't been modernized to deal with real revenue received by individuals. If you look at minimum wage simply as what you get on your pay stub, you forget whether o...

Feature Story
Minimum Wage: Balancing Liberty and Equality
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
The federal minimum wage hasn't moved for nearly a decade. Is it time for a raise, or is an increase just problematic policy?
March 1, 2006

The federal minimum wage just ain't what it used to be. In fact, when you factor in inflation, it's about 30% lower than it was in 1968. Is it a sign of the times, a symptom of Tom Friedman's flattening world? Or is the flat lined growth of the minimum wage simply bad policy?

The issue is often framed in terms of free market principles vs. government intervention, but the state has played a direct, if limited, role in the economy since the republic's early days. But the debate is not all dollars and cents. Deeper social issues come into play as legislators attemp...

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