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Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282

Lawmakers: Federal minimum wage increase good for workers

By Greg Jordan
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Jul 21 2008
PRINCETON — In a time of rising gasoline and food prices, people who depend on the federal minimum wage can expect some relief starting Thursday.

In 2007, Congress approved and President Bush signed into law legislation to significantly increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years, said U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va, who co-sponsored the bill. During July 2007, the minimum wage grew from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour. This year it increases to $6.55 an hour on Thursday.

Virginians Deserve a Living Wage: Commonwealth Should Follow Maryland's Lea

Editorial by Ann C. Hodges
Washington Post, May 6 2007
Virginia and Maryland share a border and the culture of the Washington suburbs, yet the political ideologies of the two states stand on opposite sides of a great gulf. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the laws relating to employment.

In 2006, Maryland passed the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act, dubbed the Wal-Mart law because the only employer affected in the state was Wal-Mart.

House move kills bill aimed at increasing minimum wage

By Michael Sluss
Roanoke Times, Feb 21 2007
The House sent the Senate bill to a committee, where it died because the deadline for action had passed.

RICHMOND -- The House of Delegates used a parliamentary maneuver Tuesday to kill a proposed increase in the minimum wage, ending a debate in which tactics generated more heated arguments than the legislation itself.

Surviving on $5.15 an hour

By Tim Harper
Toronto Star, Feb 5 2007

Minimum-wage workers in the U.S. today have less buying power than counterparts did 50 years ago

The last time the minimum wage was raised in Virginia, Khalil Shareef was a 12-year-old kid, perhaps heading down a path chosen by too many in his family.

Hold the hoopla for $6.15 an hour

Editorial 
Roanoke Times, Sep 29 2006
Beating the federal minimum isn't a necessarily 'livable' wage.

A tight labor market for service jobs in the Roanoke Valley might keep hourly wages above the meager federal minimum wage of $5.15, as detailed in a story in Sunday's Roanoke Times, but that's little cause to celebrate. Try getting by on $6.15 an hour.

Employers and state employment officials ought to experience living on such low wages.

Board to Consider 'Living Wage' Measure

By Lisa Rein
Washington Post , Apr 4 2006
County Chamber Leader Skeptical of Need for Law

Fairfax County will consider legislation intended to lift thousands of workers out of poverty by requiring the government and companies it does business with to pay far more than the federal minimum wage.

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