Congress would pass an increase in the minimum wage before leaving Washington for vacation, but only as part of a package rolling back taxes on the heirs of multimillionaires, a Senate leadership aide said Friday.
The GOP package would also contain a popular package of expiring tax breaks, including a research and development credit for businesses, and deductions for college tuition and state sales taxes.
The wage would increase from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour, phased in over the next two years, the aide said.
The maneuver is aimed at defusing the wage hike as a campaign issue for Democrats while using its popularity to spur enactment of the Republican Party's long-sought goal of permanently cutting taxes on millionaires' estates.
Friday, July 28, 2006
HOUSE GOP LEADERS OK MINIMUM-WAGE HIKE
But of course it isn't a standalone proposal. The Associated Press reports on an especially breathtaking bit of shamelessness:
If they're against an increase in the minimum wage, then fine. Let voters decide in November if that's the agenda they want for America. But for House leaders to cave on the minimum-wage increase -- simply to defuse a campaign issue (and give a perk to their rich friends) -- shows their lack of principle.