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How Democrats could ditch the GOP and increase the minimum wage on their own

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

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Democrats tried and failed to raise the federal minimum wage as they muscled the $1.9 trillion stimulus law through Congress. But two left-leaning economists say they’ve figured out a way it could pass the Senate with just 51 votes, just as the stimulus did.

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, economists from the University of California, Berkeley, propose setting up an hourly pay increase through the tax code. They say that would clear budget reconciliation, the process Democrats used to approve President Joe Biden’s stimulus package without Republican votes.

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