Obama urges minimum wage hike in Maryland

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

President Barack Obama traveled to a Costco store in suburban Maryland Wednesday to tout his support for raising the minimum wage, a key piece of the agenda he unveiled in his State of the Union address hours earlier.

"I firmly believe that it's time to give America a raise," Obama said from the store in Lanham, Md.

Raising, Obama said, the minimum wage would reduce turnover and increase productivity

Obama asked Congress to pass a proposal to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 per hour by 2015. A legislative increase would affect 27 million workers, according to an analysis of census data by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute.

Obama came to Costco because the company's CEO pays more than the minimum wage with the average hourly salary is $20 an hour without benefits or overtime.

"Cosco's CEO understands that when customers have more money to spend," Obama said. "He sees if he’s doing right by Costo workers than they can buy that 80- inch TV too."

Obama said he would lead by example. In the coming weeks, he will issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour for employees involved in future government contracts.

The White House offered no estimate of how many workers the change would affect, though supporters guess that the number would reach into the hundreds of thousands, including those who serve food and wash dishes, clean laundry and buildings, and manufacture military uniforms.

Since his 2013 State of the Union address, when Obama first called for an increase in the minimum wage, five states have enacted a change themselves. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, D, is pushing his state to do the same.

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

    The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.

  •  
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks during a news conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

    Cuomo's biggest test is corruption probe handling

    Allegations that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration meddled with his own state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of his tenure — and highlighting his skill at high-wire verbal gymnastics.

  • Doctors' PAC helps Roberts in Kansas Senate race

    Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is getting help in his Republican primary race from a political action committee representing tea party challenger Milton Wolf's fellow radiologists.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category