Talique Taylor


Give Americans a raise, it’s long overdue

As part of his $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” President Joe Biden has proposed raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour from its current rate of $7.25. Such a wage increase, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, would lift 1.3 million workers out of poverty. This proposal came as no surprise, as many states and cities have already raised their minimum wages to $15, and in 2019, House Democrats passed the same measure, although it died in the Senate.