Good news for all Wal-Mart employees, today the retailer announced that it will increase the minimum wage to $9 per hour beginning in April and this time next year, all employees will be making $10 an hour. As many of you know Wal-Mart has been and still is frowned upon for working employees, especially part-time employees full-time hours and paying them the federal minimum wage $7.25 and working their employees on holidays, which has become an issue that has lead to citizens protesting not shopping at the retailer. What’s interesting about Wal-Mart increasing their minimum wage is the company is following the path of New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the 12 other states that have increased their minimum wage without CONGRESS passing legislation. Since the beginning of the fight to increase the minimum wage, Congress has not made any effort to discuss or make it part of their agenda to pass legislation increasing the minimum wage. What Congress has and is continuing to do is fight past battles such as repealing Obamacare and blocking the president executive orders on immigration. Because it is apparent that Congress does not have plans to “work on” the minimum wage issue, more jobs and states should continue to take the initiative and increase the minimum wage.

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