Monday, December 25, 2006

Va. Minimum Wage Increase Proposed

The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that Democrats will introduce in the next legislative session in Richmond a bill to raise the minimum wage in Virginia from a measly $5.15 to $6.15 next year and $7.25 by the end of 2009.

Virginia has always followed the national minimum wage but with the national wage at the $5.15 level since 1995, it's way beyond time for the people's representatives to do something that helps the working class.

"How many CEOs have gone without a wage hike in the last 10 years?" asked Del. Albert C. Eisenberg (D-Arlington). "It's not just about economics. It's about justice and fairness."

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said he supports an increase, but the proposal is expected to face resistance from the business community and the Republican-controlled General Assembly. A House subcommittee killed a similar proposal this year. ."

Just let the Republicans kill the bill to give Virginians a raise and then try to run for office in the fall. That should go over real well in deep red districts where a lot of folks work 40 hours a week for $210.00.

Kaine, Warner and Webb, the new dynamic trio, will clobber these mean-spirited legislators over their clueless head for denying poor workers a raise with their corporate-bought vote.

Howling Latina also hopes that Bush is dumb enough to veto the national Dem's pay raise so Virginia GOPers can be directly linked to the menace-in-chief at the White House and lose a bunch of seats equal to the thumpin' congressional Republicans took last fall.

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