CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is not a proper role for the federal government. Each state is different, populations, workforce, cost of living, etc. This decision belongs in each state, NOT in Washington. For Democrats, it's good politics, not good policy.
Cities and states have taken the lead on raising the minimum wage in the absence of Congressional action, but Democrats are expected to make this an issue in this year's midterm elections. And if more Democrats are elected to Congress, the federal government could potentially increase the floor on wages.
"Democrats really see this as a winning issue" in the November midterm elections, says Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter at The New York Times. They "are trying to hit this hard...as a way to erase losses" associated with Obamacare," Greenhouse tells The Daily Ticker.