News

Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

MINIMUM WAGE: A study by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that Democrats' drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016. Photo: clipart.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive.

That’s because the study by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that Democrats’ drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.

The budget office report was released Tuesday. It had findings that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats hailed, like concluding that their proposed gradual increase to $10.10 hourly by 2016 would boost pay for more than 16.5 million people.

They also welcomed its estimate that the proposed increase would lift 900,000 people out of poverty.

But Democrats said the report’s finding that a half-million people would lose jobs was inaccurate.

They say the wage increase would not hurt employment. Republicans have long labeled the proposal a job killer.

Recent Headlines

today in Music, Sports

Lorde meets Hall of Famer who inspired ‘Royals’

lorde

The singer behind the hit meets the real-life Royal that inspired her song.

today in National

Washington state mudslide death toll rises to 39

mud

The official death toll from a mudslide rose to 39, after search teams pulled out two more bodies from the mud and rubble.

today in Sports

Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

sharper

Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are challenging the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona.

today in Sports

Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

Oscar-Pistorius

The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius plans to adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday.

today in Sports

Wednesday Sports Minute

brewers

Clippers keep pressure on Thunder, Knicks top Nets, Cards shut down Brewers, and more.