Warren: Why Isn’t Minimum Wage $22 an Hour?


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) asks the question on everyone’s mind in a new video posted to her Youtube account: Why isn’t the minimum wage $22?

Via National Review:

In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions last week on “indexing the minimum wage,” Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren inquired of University of Massachusetts professor economics Arindrajit Dube, “If we started in 1960, and we said that, as productivity goes up — that is, as workers are producing more — then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And, if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour. So, my question, Mr. Dube, is what happened to the other $14.75?”

President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 (a 24 percent increase) in his State of the Union address. Currently, six of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates have minimum wages higher than the federal standard.