CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Will Increase Deficit

40 percent wage increase will hike deficit by $5 billion over 10 years

President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will cost the private sector $15 billion and increase the deficit by $5 billion over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

Licensed to Braid

Hearing: Local licensing boards stifling competition and innovation in dozens of industries
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Republicans are teaming with conservative activists and a Mississippi hair stylist to end licensing regulations exploited by businesses to limit competition.

Manufacturing Outrage

Astroturf campaign targets fast food restaurants
Demonstrators protest outside of a Boston McDonalds / AP

Hundreds of demonstrators at fast food restaurants around the country alleging that restaurant managers regularly steal employee wages are actually astroturfed protesters agitating in favor of a higher minimum wage, critics said.

House GOP Fights Ambush Elections

Republicans met privately with NLRB chair to discuss union election rule
Rep. Phil Roe, (R.,Tenn.) / AP

House Republicans are attempting to slow the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) imposition of a union election rule that critics say will benefit labor groups.

Workers Sue to End Collusion Between Big Labor and Big Business

VW employees ask federal judge to intervene in efforts by VW and UAW to unionize Tennessee plant
Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. / AP

Autoworkers who voted down a United Auto Workers (UAW) unionization attempt at a Volkswagen (VW) plant are asking a federal judge to end collusion between the labor union and the car company.

Debo’s Downfall

Feature: How an unlikely coalition worked together to block the Debo Adegbile nomination
Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Mike Fitzpatrick hold a news conference with the Fraternal Order of Police / AP

Seven Senate Democrats joined 44 Republicans on March 5 to oppose the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division—a vote President Barack Obama labeled a “travesty” and pundits denounced as “racist.” The bipartisan blockage arose from the unlikely coalition of a moderate Republican congressman, a popular African-American Democrat, a Tea Party senator, a powerful labor union, and a long-grieving widow.

Obama Praises Wage Hikes for Upper-Middle Class Households

Average family income of minimum wage increase beneficiary in Connecticut is $80,125
President Barack Obama hugs Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy / AP

President Barack Obama praised a Connecticut law that helped boost wages for mostly middle and upper-middle class households during a Wednesday event at Central Connecticut State University.