Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About the Minimum Wage

Who earns it? Does it help the poor? Does it really kill jobs? Those answers, and more.

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2013 was a good year for supporters of a higher minimum wage. States including New York, California, and New Jersey passed hikes. Residents of SeaTac, Washington, voted to turn their tiny city into a living economics experiment by increasing its minimum to a $15 an-hour. Washington, D.C.,seems poised to raise its own wage. And President Obama threw his supportbehind a bill that would increase the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour and require it to rise with the cost of living.

You can expect to hear more liberal agitating for a higher wage in 2014. And of course, you can also expect to hear conservatives shout back that the idea is a job killer. To prepare you for the inevitable policy argument, here’s your FAQ.

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