July 29, 2016
This week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump strayed from the party platform and called for raising the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour. In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr. Trump said: "The minimum wage has to go up," and that while the "states should really call the shot[s]," "at the same time, people have to be taken care of." The Republican platform, which was approved last week, only says the "[m]inimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level." Moreover, Mr. Trump's comments are at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). When Speaker Ryan rolled out his anti-poverty agenda in June, he said increasing the federal minimum wage is "bad economics" that "will actually do more harm than good in so many instances" because "[i]t prices entry level jobs away from people."