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Minimum Wage Increase Hits Snag


Here is a brief synopsis of an article I read in the Star Tribune on Jan. 25th:

Policymakers argued over the newly proposed bill that would not only raise minimum wage but guarantee tax breaks in order to ensure Republican support. The Senate voted 54-43 in favor of passing the bill that would increase the pay floor without the accompanying tax cut. However, a minimum of 60 votes was required for this version of the bill to pass. Representatives of the Senate ultimately sided with a broader version of the bill that was backed by the Democrats that would raise minimum wage to 7.25 an hour over 26 months and provide $8.3 billion in tax benefits to businesses over 10 years.

In the Pioneer Press, I found a similar article reporting on the issue of increasing minimum wage and the bill's failing efforts. However, the Pioneer Press article lacked depth and clarity and did not directly address the issues at hand. It provided the reader with the idea that the bill wasn’t passed because the Democrats viewed it as a “poison pill? and for the reason that several states already have a wage floor higher than the Federal minimum.

Reporting on this issue has its challenges. For instance, the approach that the Star Tribune took may have offered more depth yet left me feeling disjointed and a bit confused. It sounds as though minimum wage will increase over a period of 26 months by $2.10 but at the same time this article reports on the failures of this newly proposed bill and how the U.S. Senate has not approved it. For those reasons, this article seems as though it was written for a general public with previous knowledge and exposure to the bill and its proposed implications. As for the article posted in the Pioneer Press, it was prompt and achieved its goal in informing the public that the bill wasn't passed. However, it lacked intrigue and didn't indulge the reader in any greater conversation about minimum wage and what the implications of these failing efforts could lead to in the near future.