Uploaded on 2 January 2014 by RT America
The minimum wage went up in 13 states around the country on Wednesday, some through straight increases and others through cost-of-living adjustments. California will raise its minimum wage to $9 in July, and Washington, DC and parts of Maryland will also see increases this year. While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25, 21 states have minimum wages above that amount. President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats are poised to push to increase the federal wage in 2014. Republicans oppose the measure. RT’s Sam Sacks talks to Brian Doherty, senior editor at Reason magazine, about the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage.