DICK MEISTER for BUZZFLASH at TRUTHOUT
Imagine trying to live on pay of $7.25 an hour. Even if you managed to work full eight-hour days, you'd be making only about $58 a day, $230 a week, or a measly $12,000 a year. And out of that would come taxes and other deductions.
According to the standards of the federal government, you'd be living in poverty. Yet $7.25 an hour is the federal minimum wage set by Congress.State legislatures can and do set state minimums higher than the federal rate, but never lower, much as some would like to.