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

in Local

Rauner, Madigan Spar Over Budget to Kick Off Session’s Final Week

state_capitol_3

Majority Democrats on Monday proposed legislation for a roughly $36.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year -- $3 billion more than what the state will take in.

in Local

Springfield Fire Dept. Investigates Potential Arson

fire

Springfield fire investigators are trying to figure out what, or who, started multiple fires on West Governor St.

in Local

U.S. Sen. Kirk’s Plane Evacuated in Washington

mark_kirk

Kirk's office says someone on the no fly list was on board.

in Local

Legislative Gridlock Likely in Session’s Last Week

state_capitol_1

Legislators returned to the Capitol Monday to finish the session that ends Sunday.

in Local

Illinois Licensing Pools, Beaches as Swimming Season Begins

pool

The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of the regulations under the Illinois Swimming Facility Act.