ERIC Number: ED310195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The President's Veto of the Minimum Wage Bill: Impact on Poor and Minority Workers.
Restoration of an adequate minimum wage remains a critical ingredient in efforts to provide income security for poor and minority workers. The experience of recent years indicates that work does not provide economic security for many poor, Black, and Hispanic workers. National and minority unemployment rates have dropped during the economic recovery, yet many poor and minority workers continue to encounter economic hardship because their wages have remained low or have fallen. The earnings of many of these workers are at or near minimum wage levels. The dramatic drop in the value of the minimum wage to its lowest level since 1949 has compounded their earnings problems and increased their poverty rates. The Bush Administration offers its own minimum wage proposal as an alternative to the bill passed by Congress that Bush vetoed. However, the Administration's bill would establish a minimum wage still further below its historic value than the modest Congressional legislation, and would establish a broad-based sub-minimum "training" wage that could reduce the earnings of many adult workers who are already poor or members of minority groups. (Author/FMW)
Descriptors: Blacks, Economic Research, Economic Status, Economically Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, Financial Problems, Hispanic Americans, Low Income, Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage Legislation, Minority Groups, Poverty
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 305, Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.