Who Needs a Raise More: Tom DeLay or a Bus Boy?: Austin American-Statesman

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Don Baylor /(512) 320-0222 x 108

July 6, 2005

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Last week, the U.S. House gave itself a pay raise for the seventh time in as many years. But the House leadership refused to acknowledge that $3,100 more a year can be called a pay raiseâ€"they called it “an adjustment” in earnings. Since 1998, the House has raised its annual member salary by $31,600â€"a 23.7 percent cumulative increase to $165,200 per year. During these same years, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hourâ€"the second longest period of stagnation since its inception in 1938.