An increase in the federal minimum wage sits at the very top of the current Democratic agenda.
Since taking control of both houses of Congress and the presidency in the 2020 election, Democrats have doubled down on their efforts to push through a federal minimum wage increase. Various state and local governments across the country have followed suit, often with more successful results.
While such proposals might be popular with a large swath of voters, the end result of such policies could be devastating for low-skilled workers across the country, according to multiple economists.
Initially, Democrats attempted to include a minimum wage increase in the coronavirus relief bill passed in March.
Although that effort was squashed, Democrats haven’t given up on the federal policy. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York voiced as much in a statement following the failed effort, saying, “We are not going to give up the