Politicians Fight for Minimum Wage Hike
Politicians within Texas hope to be the latest addition to the growing number of states who have independently raised their minimum wage above the federal rate of $5.15 an hour. According to reports from the Houston Chronicle, at least 22 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have raised their minimum wage "out of frustration with a Congress that hasn't raised the minimum wage in nine years."
Although many democrats are for the wage hike, republicans don't see it happening. Some officials fault the growing Texas economy, commenting that there is no reason to raise the wage that is typically associated with summer workers and teenagers.
Although many republican politicians and large business owners oppose the minimum wage hike, there is widespread public support. According to various polls taken within the past three years, 75 to 80 percent of Americans support a boost.
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