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What the debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $15 tells us about US politics and society

Wicks-Lim, Jeannette (2021) What the debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $15 tells us about US politics and society. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (09 Apr 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Joe Biden’s America Rescue Plan Act was recently passed by Congress, but without the provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. Jeannette Wicks-Lim argues that the politics around increasing the federal minimum wage provide a near-perfect microcosm of wider US politics, including a clear articulation of the country’s social hierarchy. She reminds us that current minimum wage policies, including the tip-credit, disproportionately affect women, and especially Black women. Despite a majority of voters supporting raising the federal minimum, she writes, partisanship and lobbying means that Congressional action is unlikely.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2021 13:54
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2021 13:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110701

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