As in many states, Idaho’s minimum wage hasn’t changed since 2009, when the hourly minimum was boosted by the federal government.
Back in February, President Obama said in his State of the Union Address that he wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Later, Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris campaigned to boost support for the idea.
“Those workers will have more money in their pockets,” says Harris, who was acting secretary from January until July after Hilda Solis resigned. “They will turn right around and spend that money in the local grocery store, the local gas station, at the local stationary store to buy school supplies for their kids, to pay rent and utilities. That, in turn, feeds the economy.”
The proposal will be a tough sell to Idaho’s congressional delegation.