Rendell comes around on the minimum wageI didn't see it when the story first came out, and actually saw the AP article at conservative blogcenter, Grassroots PA, but, it turns out that Ed Rendell is reading the tea leaves, and now supporting increasing PA's minimum wage.
From the article:
As his primary-election opponent Robert P. Casey Jr. pushed for an increase in Pennsylvania, Rendell countered that Congress should raise the minimum for all states. Rendell argued that a higher state minimum would put Pennsylvania at a competitive disadvantage for attracting new business.Probably, as the article says, a lot more to do with 2006 elections than with a real change of heart, but, good news nonetheless.
But the governor made an unexpected U-turn this month when he told reporters that he would demand a minimum-wage increase from lawmakers if they asked him to endorse a legislative pay raise. He said he favors gradually boosting Pennsylvania's minimum to $7.15 an hour.
Rendell's press secretary, Kate Philips, attributed the shift to two factors: an increase in the number of surrounding states that have a higher minimum wage, and Congress' failure to raise the current rate of $5.15 since 1996.
"The governor still believes it should be increased at the federal level, but we can't wait for leadership from the president on this any longer," Philips said.