Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

The Washington Post

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

Study: Government Workers ‘Absent’ 50% More Than Private-Sector Workers

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A government worker is 38 percent more likely to be absent from work for personal reasons or illnesses than a private-sector worker, and government workers miss 50 percent more of their usual work hours as a result of such absences than do private sector workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Labor’s minimum-wage mind games

By Michael Saltsman, triblive.com

President Obama’s sudden support of the Senate’s $10.10 minimum-wage bill is partisan politicking of the worst kind. It’s a desperate attempt to distract the public from the Affordable Care Act’s dismal polling numbers — and it ignores the simple fact that such a wage hike would be similarly disastrous to the small businesses that employ much of the minimum-wage workforce.