Low-wage workers are urging lawmakers to raise the minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Sixty-seven-year-old Anita Mendes told a House committee today she supplements her Social Security income with a minimum-wage job, despite having a master’s degree in social work. She said her 90-year-old mother helps her make ends meet. Some business groups oppose raising the minimum wage saying businesses should decide what to pay workers based on competition with other employers.
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