Apr 3, 2014, 11:26 am EDT
The minimum wage is becoming a hot political issue again. President Barack Obama has promoted raising the minimum wage as a way to help lift low-wage workers out of poverty. However, with the House of Representatives under GOP control, it appears unlikely that there will be any federal legislative action to increase the minimum wage.
The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 per hour. Various U.S. states have set their own minimum wage standards, while others simply follow the federal standard.
This year, increases to the minimum wage are being considered in 34 states. Three states — Connecticut, West Virginia and Delaware — have passed legislation to boost the minimum wage this year. Meanwhile, four states — including Georgia and Wyoming — have state minimum wage standards that are lower than the federal minimum wage. In those states, as in states with no minimum wage standard, the federal minimum wage applies. Read
Apr 2, 2014, 11:23 am EDT
On Wednesday, Scott Brown has thrown his hat into the race to unseat New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D).
Scott Brown — a Republican who served an abbreviated term as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts — told a New Hampshire radio station that he is running for Shaheen’s senate seat and will make an official announcement next week. Earlier this month, Scott Brown had launched an exploratory committee, which many saw as confirmation of his intent to challenge Shaheen, the Washington Post notes.
In 2010, Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley in a special election to serve out the remainder of late Senator Ted Kennedy’s term. However, Scott Brown lost his bid to win a full term when he was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Read
Mar 31, 2014, 3:12 pm EDT
Healthcare.gov continues to cause headaches as last-minute users were unable to sign up on the website with the Obamacare deadline looming.
March 31 is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Healthcare.gov, but the website suffered another setback today. The website’s new technical problem prevented last-minute users from signing up for ACA less than 12 hours before the Obamacare deadline.
Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said that technicians identified the issue and solved it later. He added that more than 100,000 people are using the system at the same time. Read