Minimum Wage Hike?

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today are using Labor Day appearances to press the case for a federal increase in the minimum wage -- a top issue for Democrats.

In Detroit, Biden told hundreds of union members that they deserve a "fair share" of any improvement in corporate profits. While criticizing corporate pay and companies that leave the U.S. for lower taxes, Biden said workers aren't looking for a handout. He said, "Just give them a chance."

Until now, Obama and his aides had been cautious about drawing too much attention to positive economic trends. They worried that some of those trends may prove to be fleeting -- or that not all Americans were benefiting from them.

White House aides insist they're still not declaring full victory over the lingering effects of a recession that ended five years ago. But officials believe it's time to highlight recent improvements, partly to help Democrats in a difficult political environment.

Obama has a Labor Day speech scheduled today in Wisconsin, promoting the economy in a state that was the epicenter of a fight over the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

According to 'minimum-wage.org', "the minimum wage is $5.15 per hour for most employees in Wyoming, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations."

Wyoming's minimum wage is well under federal levels, so the Federal Minimum Wage is applicable to all covered employees.

Wyoming employers may not pay you under $5.15 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.

A full-time minimum wage worker in Wyoming working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $58.00 per day, $290.00 per week, and $15,080.00 per year.

The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $14,570 per year.


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