Voters Offer a Clear Mandate for Minimum Wage Increase

November 20, 2006 – Voters in six states voted overwhelmingly to increase the minimum wage last week – a clear sign that Americans are ready for Congress to finally raise the federal minimum wage.

Ohio, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, Nevada and Montana join 28 other states and the District of Columbia in passing legislation or approving ballot initiatives to raise the state minimum wage.

House Democrats have already said an increase in the federal minimum wage will be a top priority.

The Republican-led Congress has not increased the federal minimum wage in a decade – leaving the minimum wage’s purchasing power at its lowest value since 1951.

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