$22 minimum wage an hour logical - U.S. senator

A $22 an hour minimum wage is what U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is suggesting. The Massachusetts Democrat says raising the hourly wage from $7.25 to several dollars more is logical.

“If we started in 1960, and we said as productivity goes up...then the minimum wage was going to go up the same...if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour,” Warren said at a recent Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. She asked and then answered: “What happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn’t go to the worker.”

Warren said raising the minimum wage is doable.

“During my Senate campaign, I ate a Number 11 at McDonald’s. It cost $7.19,” she told those attending the committee hearing. “If we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, the price increase on that item would be to about $7.23. Are you telling me that’s unsustainable?”

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