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The $15 minimum wage debate, explained

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Cristian Cardona, right, an employee at a McDonald's, attends a rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

House Democrats have included a minimum wage hike in their latest Covid relief bill, although opposition among some Senate Democrats means it is not at all clear they will have the votes to pass it.

Improving worker pay is unrelated in that raising the minimum wage has long been a Democratic priority.

When was the minimum wage highest?

How high do Democrats want to raise the minimum wage?

How many people make the federal minimum wage?

Because so many states have their own, higher minimum wage, relatively few American workers make the federal minimum wage.

A large portion of the states with a minimum wage higher than $7. 25 raise it automatically with inflation.

What do we know about people making minimum wage?

In the vast majority of states, less than 5% of workers paid by the hour make minimum wage.

Can you live on the minimum wage?

An individual working 40 hours a week and making the federal minimum wage would make $15,080.

However, if the person has a dependent and is making minimum wage, they fall below the federal poverty level of $17,420.

Which Democrats oppose raising the minimum wage?

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