In the paper’s March 28th editorial page, The Eureka Reporter erroneously says that the federal minimum wage was raised to eight dollars an hour. Federal Minimum Wage was $5.15 an hour for nearly a decade until it was raised last July to $5.85 an hour. The editorial by the paper says that minimum wage jobs by and large are not held by people who expect to feed a family over an extended period on a minimum wage. The California Budget Project at www.cbp.org says that as of 2004, 56.3% of California workers who earned within a dollar of the minimum wage were age 20 or older and worked at least 35 hours per week.
In the editorial, The Eureka Reporter’s editorial pages editor Peter Hannaford confused the State of
With his impressive background, its hard to believe that Mr. Hannaford would write an editorial about the minimum wage and not know the difference between the federal minimum wage and the state of California’s minimum wage. For KGOE News, I’m Tom Sebourn.