I get different answers from different legislators.
They want this confusion so they can pull off a bogus Minimum Wage increase.
What is happening here is a perfect example of what happens to the working class when the left can't get past its sectarianism and go after the employers instead of one another.
I have been trying to put together a "letter to the editor" in about 250 words explaining what they are trying to get away with but I haven't figured out how to do this yet. Maybe someone else can. But, the other problem we have is the unwillingness of so many activists to take on these Democrats out of fear they will be retaliated against.
I tried to get a woman sympathetic to labor from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota to write an Op-Ed piece for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press exposing all of this and she won't do it because she doesn't have tenure.
Even a very impoverished Indian Nation like the Leech Lake Indian Nation, with its tribal council, the Leech Lake Business Organization recently enacting, under tremendous citizen pressure, a Minimum Wage of $10.25 an hour for all of its employees--- including its casino workers... no hideous strings attached.
The levers of government should be used to improve the standard-of-living for everyone; not to assure employers this huge pool of cheap labor, which, in conjunction with massive unemployment, drives all wages down more effectively than any union-busting policeman's billy club.
We need to return to the original purpose of the Minimum Wage which was intended to protect working people from greedy employers--- not enable this important legislation to be used by employers to derive super-profits from the exploitation of working people.
These politicians are trying to tie the Minimum Wage to the Implicit Price Deflator and National Data for Personal Consumption Expenditures from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis instead of the COLA and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These same legislators just passed a huge tax cut for the very wealthy together with a largely insignificant tax cut for the well-heeled upper middle class to shut these selfish people up and keep the campaign coffers filled instead of the "tax the rich" that was promised.