Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Putting some distance between herself and other Democratic presidential hopefuls, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support Thursday for a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 12, suggesting that a more ambitious proposal of $ 15 wouldn’t be realistic on Capitol Hill.

Speaking to reporters after her meeting with the executive council of the AFL-CIO labor federation, Clinton was asked what the minimum wage should be raised to from its current level of $ 7.25. She answered by discussing a measure put forth in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) that would hike the minimum wage to $ 12 and tie it to an inflation index.

“I think it’s going to be important that we set a national minimum, but then we get out of the way of cities and states that believe that they can and should go higher,” she said.

Pressed on whether $ 12 was better than a competing Democratic proposal of $ 15, Clinton suggested the more modest increase is also the more viable one politically.

“Patty Murray is one of the most effective legislators in the Senate, bar none,” she said. “Whatever she advocates, I pay a lot of attention to, because she knows how to get it through the Congress. And let’s not just do it for the sake of having a higher number out there, but let’s actually get behind a proposal that has a chance of succeeding.”

Clinton has said previously that a $ 15 minimum wage, which is fast becoming a reality in pricy cities like Seattle and Los Angeles, may not make sense for less dense areas with lower costs of living. She said she supported the recent move by the wage board of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to recommend a $ 15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in that state. But she has also said such a level may not be appropriate nationally.

The $ 15 proposal grew directly out of the union-backed Fight for $ 15 campaign, which has organized strikes by fast-food workers around the country over the past three years. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who are vying with Clinton for the Democratic nomination, have both come out in support of a federal minimum wage of $ 15. Just last week, Sanders introduced a $ 15 minimum wage bill in the Senate.

A spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union, which has funded the Fight for $ 15 campaign, said the union had no comment on Clinton’s remarks.

Sanders has recently surged in polls with the passionate support of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, though Clinton is still widely seen as the likely nominee. Her hesitance on the $ 15 issue may come as a relief to businesses that have been getting bowled over by wildly popular minimum wage campaigns. Thanks to a host of referendums this past November, a majority of states now have a higher minimum wage than the federal level, and more cities than ever are moving to enact their own local ordinances.

Despite the success of local campaigns, there’s no clear indication that a $ 12 federal proposal would be any more viable in the near future than one for $ 15. In recent sessions, the GOP-controlled House has refused to bring any such bills to the floor for a vote, including one that would have raised the minimum wage to an even more modest $ 10.10.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












Business News on The Huffington Post

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

{ 0 comments }

Do you bathe in Olay® face cream? Do you wish Gatorade® came out of your faucets? Amazon’s got your back.

The Dash Button – a stick-it-anywhere device that lets you order products with a single press — is now available to all Amazon Prime members. Each one corresponds to a specific brand, so if you want to be able to order, say, cat food and razors, you need both the Wellness and Gillette Dash Buttons. While it was originally distributed for free during a trial period, each button costs $ 4.99. 

Now that this thing is official, we have some questions for Amazon and the Dash Button’s potential users.


1. Why?

Okay, we know “why.” Amazon is doing everything in its power to make ordering products from its store as easy as possible. The online retail giant knows you’re not going to stop feeding your cat, so it’s offering a way for you to re-up on minced chicken bits the moment you realize you need them. Cupboard’s getting empty? Press your Wellness® Dash Button, and another shipment is billed to your credit card and on the way.

But seriously — why would you ever order one of these buttons? You’re essentially paying five bucks (a couple cans of cat food!) for the benefit of not having to pull your phone out of your pocket to buy branded goods. The Dash Button needs to connect to your smartphone to work in the first place. Think about that for a second: If you’re a Dash Button customer, you already have a way to purchase anything you want via a few taps on your smartphone. It’s in your pocket!

The Dash Button is basically an advertisement you’re choosing to place around your home, in front of your children, at a cost to yourself. 


2. Should you just invest in a really fancy straight razor?

You might consider that before purchasing the button that lets you receive shipment after shipment of Gillette® razors. (Seriously, do a cost-benefit analysis.)


3. Do you sincerely hate the environment?

The Smartwater® button may be for you. Think about it: Each time you press this button, you’re not just filling your home with more plastic water bottle trash, you’re also amassing more waste via Amazon’s packaging. 


4. What will you do if something happens to your shipment of baby food?

Let little Ruthie starve? Probably not. Go to the grocery store — maybe a local mom ‘n pop! — to buy some? Probably! Maybe it doesn’t make sense to rely on deliveries for the true essentials.


5. Let’s be real: The Gatorade® button is for binge drinkers, right?

Sweet, sweet hangover relief. (Come on: You’re not a professional athlete.)


6. Can we be your best friend?

Seriously: If you’re the person who needs their very own special button for macaroni and cheese shipments, we want to know you.


7. Really, though: Why?

Don’t spend $ 5 on this.

Alexis Kleinman contributed burning questions.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












Business News on The Huffington Post

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

{ 0 comments }