A Dime A Day: The Impact of the Miller/Harkin Minimum Wage Proposal on the Price of Food

Big Food companies and their lobbying groups have lied to us many times, including spreading the myth that if the minimum wage is raised, food will become so expensive that none of us will be able to afford to eat out – or eat at all – again. The proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act, introduced in 2012 by Representative George Miller (D-CA) in the House and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour over the next 3 years and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to 70% of the regular minimum wage. The Food Chain Workers Alliance and Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United found that this increase in the regular minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage would have a minuscule impact on food costs.

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