CA Congresswoman: Raise State Minimum Wage to $26 an Hour

One of the most liberal Representatives in Congress wants California to raise its minimum wage to $26 an hour. 

Appearing on Crossfire on Friday, co-host Newt Gingrich asked Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) whether it was a good idea for the mayor of Seattle to propose a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Lee said, "good for him."

"In California, more than likely from what I remembered, a living wage where people could live and take care of their families and move toward achieving the American dream was about $25, $26 an hour," Lee said. 

When pressed further, Lee said she would "absolutely" support it for California and claimed it would not cause more unemployment. 

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) said he would also support California raising its minimum wage that high so companies would leave California and bring jobs to other states. Harris said "maybe even Maryland can get more jobs because they will leave California. They just did. Toyota left for Texas." 


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