$15 Minimum Wage Issue Goes National as Sen. Sanders Proposes Federal Increase

Former Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is planning to introduce legislation to raise the nation’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.

The latest proposal to increase the state minimum wage would also raise most workers’ pay to $15 by 2024, but provide exceptions for certain industries. 

On the federal measure, The Hill writer Owen Daugherty noted that a bill Sanders sponsored last year to raise the minimum wage stalled in Congress. A Democratically controlled House may be more willing to embrace the proposal this time around, but it has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.

Unlike Gov. Phil Murphy who campaigned on a $15 minimum wage, President Donald Trump is unlikely to approve any increase should it reach his desk. And, while the governor and state legislative leaders are committed to an increase in the state’s minimum wage and actively working on specific details, Larry Kudlow, director of president’s National Economic Council told Forbes magazine he opposed any federal increase on the federal level.