MURRAY SEES WALMART’S $9 AND RAISES $3…

When I tell people that I Hilary Clinton is not a reason to get me to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate next year, their follow up question is often would I vote for any woman running. My answer is yes and I offer two examples: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)---who I really, really hope doesn't run because I think she'll be more affective in the Senate---and Sen.Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Murray has been on my radar for a number of years and I like what she says and does; like pushing Walmart when others are falling all over themselves in praise.
The U.S. Senate’s Democrats, under prodding from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are moving toward supporting a $12-an-hour national minimum wage, higher than the $10.10 plan put forward by President Obama. An increase in the federal $7.25 an hour minimum wage---a level set by the bipartisan Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007---has been blocked from a vote by Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives. “The $10.10-an-hour proposal is one we advanced two years ago this summer,” Murray said in an interview. “We were looking at where we should be, had that passed, and where we should be going with wages in this country. “I know from my own experience, when you pay a livable wage people have increased buying power and can take care of their families’ needs. Businesses get more income and succeed. It is good for everyone.” The proposals for a higher minimum wage may be stalled in Congress, but a tighter labor market has caused major retailers to increase wages for their lowest paid employees. Wal-Mart announced last month that it will hike minimum pay to $9 an hour starting in April, and to $10 an hour a year from now, a move expected to boost paychecks for 500,000 of its 1.3 million “associates.” Target has announced a similar move, as has TJX, owners of the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls discount chains. “We don’t want Wal-Mart ahead of us,” Murray joked.
No, Senator, you don't. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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