Minimum Wage


Tue February 11, 2014
The Salt

After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 2:21 pm

A Denny's waitress delivers breakfast to customers in Emeryville, Calif. The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 since 1991.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

When Woody Harrelson's character got hired as a bartender on Cheers, he was so excited, he insisted on working for no more than the minimum wage. "I'd work like a slave," he said, "and, of course, I'd wash your car."

Most bar and restaurant workers would prefer to bring home a little more cash. They may be in luck.

As part of his plan to raise the minimum wage, President Obama has called for substantially increasing the base wage paid to tipped workers for the first time in decades.

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Wed January 29, 2014
It's All Politics

Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 10:49 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday as he focused on themes that are central to his second-term agenda. The changes he proposed in his annual State of the Union speech were relatively modest, but flashes of ambition showed in his promise to move forward, with or without Congress, to address issues of income inequality.

Here's what President Obama proposed on the policy front:

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Tue January 1, 2013

Minimum Wage Goes Up in Colorado

Minimum wage goes up by .14 on January 1st.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado’s minimum wage earners will make an extra 14 cents per hour starting January 1st.

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Mon December 24, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Colorado’s Minimum Wage Increase

As many as 66,000 minimum wage earners in Colorado are set to get a raise on January 1st but uncertainty over the fiscal cliff could nullify the 14 cent per hour increase.

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Fri December 30, 2011

Minimum Wage Earners Get a Boost in 2012

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This weekend, Colorado and seven other states will automatically adjust the hourly minimum wage rate for workers. Colorado's 28 cent increase—to $7.64 per hour—will be the largest ever since voters approved Amendment 42 in 2006.

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