Trump's Call for Federal Minimum Wage Increase Departs From Republican Platform

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."