The following is an excerpt from Dave Jamieson | April 17, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton sowed some confusion in Thursday’s debate when she said she would sign a bill setting a $15 federal minimum wage, despite saying in the past that $15 could be too aggressive for many parts of the country. On Sunday, she tried to clear things up.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Clinton said she would sign a $15 minimum wage bill put forth by Democrats if it had certain stipulations in it. The new wage floor would have to be phased in gradually and the effects of the hike would have to be evaluated in areas with lower costs of living.
She said that she and her primary competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), weren’t as far apart on the issue as it seemed. Sanders has called for a $15 national minimum wage without qualification.
“I know everybody wants to make this some kind of big contrast. Well, it isn’t,” Clinton said.
As she has in the past, Clinton called New York’s new minimum wage law a model for the country. That law gradually raises the minimum wage in and near New York City to $15, while the wage floor upstate climbs only to $12.50 before its economic effects are evaluated. Clinton said a federal bill like that would get her signature as president.
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