Commentary Wages, Incomes, and Wealth. I sincerely thank the members of the committee for the opportunity to testify on this issue of great importance to working families. As members of this panel are well aware, the federal minimum wage was introduced in the Fair Labor Standards Act of At that time, and many times since, Congress has recognized the need for a policy that prevents market forces from driving the wage of our lowest paid workers below a level deemed to be minimal by Congress, and by our general sense of fairness and decency. Thankfully, numerous proposals to raise the minimum are currently under consideration and I speak to these specific proposals below. It is not widely recognized that we as a nation are on track to tie the longest period over which Congress has failed to enact an increase in the minimum wage.
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Raising the minimum wage would increase family income for many low-wage workers, moving some of them out of poverty. But some jobs for low-wage workers would probably be eliminated and the income of those workers would fall substantially. Increasing the minimum wage would have two principal effects on low-wage workers. But some jobs for low-wage workers would probably be eliminated, the income of most workers who became jobless would fall substantially, and the share of low-wage workers who were employed would probably fall slightly.
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