I am not going to get into a long discussion on the stupidity of the economics regarding a minimum wage, though the conservative position and proven economics point to getting rid of the minimum wage law, not increasing said wage.
My big gripe is two fold. First, that the President would accept such a bill, support an increase in the minimum wage, and social programs that are contained in the bill. The second is that there are so many topics that are pushed through as riders on bills. A spending bill for the war should ONLY include war funding. Period. Hurricane Katrina (several years later) and the minimum wage have NOTHING to do with the war in Iraq. This sort of political gamesmanship is wrong and should never be allowed. However, it is politics as usual.
From WMPM's news site:
Federal Minimum Wage Increase Close To Becoming Law - An increase in the federal minimum wage law will affect at least 211,000 North Carolinians . Legislation to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour was included in a US House bill entitled U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 that passed last week. The bill will raise the minimum wage by $2.10 over a two-year period. The bill raises the minimum wage to $5.85 sixty days after enactment, to $6.55 one year later, and to $7.25 one year after that. North Carolina ’s minimum wage is currently $6.15. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 1997, and when adjusted for inflation is at its lowest level in 51 years. The legislation has also passed the Senate as well, and the President said he will sign it into law.