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Report: Many sponsors of minimum wage bill don't pay interns

 
Report: Many sponsors of minimum wage bill don't pay interns
Posted January 27th, 2014 @ 5:47pm by WTVN Newsroom

WASHINGTON, DC (WTVN) -- In this week’s State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to ask members of Congress to pass a nearly 40 percent increase in the federal minimum wage.

A new Employment Policies Institute analysis shows that 96 percent of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 bill's sponsors don't pay their office interns.

"Seems sort of hypocritical to be expecting employers in the private sector to figure out how to stomach a 40 percent increase in cost while not having to sort of practice what you preach," said EPI research director Michael Saltsman.

Saltsman says they're not against unpaid internships, adding they provide a valuable service, but he says entry-level jobs do as well.

"I think it's weird to me that lawmakers understand that dynamic in one part, but they don't really understand that dynamic when it comes to the private economy," he said.

None of the Ohio delegation that are sponsors of the bill pay their interns. That includes Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Joyce Beatty, and Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Saltsman notes that while they didn't poll every lawmaker, only those signed on to the bill, most Congressional offices do not pay their interns.

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