Governor Mulls Minimum Wage Increase
It looks like the Governor might support an increase in the state's minimum wage. We'll see for sure when he gives his State of the State address in a few days.
Minimum wage laws have never been a big issue to me so I won't argue the merits, or lack thereof, of such laws here. Suffice it to say, after all is said and done, minimum wage earners end up back at square one not long after their wage is raised as prices of goods and everyone else's wages are raised to accomodate the new minimum wage and its resulting inflationary pressures.
What really has me wondering is where the Governor is heading with this. It looks like the Governor isn't just trying to cooperate more with a Democratic controlled legislature; it looks more like he's starting to cave in to the legislature. Some, myself included, have worried that one result of the fallout of the Special Election and his attempts to reconcile differences with the Democrats will be a move to the Left on his part. This minimum wage hike business is an early indication that might be exactly what's happened. Too early to really say for sure.
I understand some Republicans in Congress are supporting a minimum wage increase on the federal level, as well, so Ahnold isn't the only one.