minimum wage

Mitch McConnell and the Minimum Wage

From the 1997 until 2007, the federal minimum wage remained at $5.15, even as gas, grocery and other bills escalated[1] . The inflationary pressures were particularly hard on the 1,148,000 Kentuckians who, according to the most recent government data, earn the bare minimum.[2]  This was the longest period the wage did not increase since its inception in 1938.[3]  It should be noted that during that time the salary for U.S. senators increased nearly 24 percent.[4]