Michael Steele: What’s the Minimum Wage?

It looks like Michael Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee isn’t clear as to what the Federal Minimum Wage actually pays.

To be fair, minimum wage can be a little confusing, especially since every state has their own minimum wage standards. Additionally, some cities/counties have Living Wage Ordinances. It can be difficult to keep track of which standard is right for the organization.

However, one would think that Mr. Steele, being the top Republican, would have known the answer ($7.25 per hour), especially since at least one of his party wants to abolish it.

“We aren’t going there to play ball, we’re going to make sure things get done,” Miller said in wide-ranging interview with Politico’s Mike Allen and me over lunch at the Capitol Hill restaurant, We The Pizza. Miller wants to roll back the power and size of the federal government to a degree not seen for 70 years or more.

We asked him, for example, if there should be a federally mandated minimum wage, something that has existed since Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938.

“That is clearly up to the states,” Miller said. “The state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state’s decision.”

So there should not be a federal minimum wage?

“There should not be,” Miller answered. “That is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government.”

Well, I hope after the interview, Mr. Steele jfGi‘d it. I’m sure he’s going to need this information sooner or later.

[via msnbc.com]