The idea of raising the federal minimum wage has received renewed emphasis this year as Democrats, historically in favor of increasing the national rate of pay, took control of the White House and Congress.
Worker groups have long called for an increase to the wage, which has been $7.25 per hour since 2009. This year Democrats could succeed where others have failed. Biden included a provision in his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that would more than double the national minimum wage to $15 per hour.
It’s obvious that the increase would help minimum wage workers, but, in an industry like construction where skilled workers often make more than $15 an hour, how would it impact construction businesses?