California congresswoman Barbara Lee wants a $26 minimum wage in her state

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By Brendan Bordelon

(INTELLIHUB) — California Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed support for a $26 minimum wage in her state — a move Republican congressman Andy Harris encouraged, assuming jobs would rapidly flee California to his state of Maryland.

Lee and Harris appeared Friday on CNN’s “Crossfire,” hosted by former Obama advisor Van Jones and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The panel discussed the proposed increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

“Let me ask you this question, you’re a good advocate for this,” Gingrich asked Lee. “The mayor of Seattle is proposing that the minimum wage ought to go up to $15 an hour.”

“Good for him,” Lee responded. “In California — more than likely, from what I remembered — a living wage where people could live and take care of their families and move toward achieving the American dream was about $25, $26 an hour.”

“So would you support that as a minimum wage for California?” Gingrich asked.

“Absolutely I would support it for California. I think the regional factors –”

“And you don’t think that’d have an effect on unemployment?” Gingrich interrupted.

“No, Newt, trust me, believe you me,” Lee replied, “you’d have a more productive workforce, you’d have people who could afford to live in areas now where they cannot afford to live. You would increase diversity in certain communities where you don’t have diversity anymore. You would have economic parity and the income gap would begin to close.”

Gingrich pointed out that many countries in Europe — including economic powerhouse Germany — has no minimum wage, yet has tremendously-high economic productivity and relatively low unemployment. He pointed out the average European country with minimum wage laws had 13.8 percent unemployment. No wage law? Just 6.3 percent.

Lee tried to dismiss the comparison, claiming Europe “has a safety net” that America doesn’t possess. But Van Jones quickly moved to change the subject.

If a $26-an-hour minimum wage was instituted in California, employees working 40 hours per week and taking no vacations would earn over $54,000 each year.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

This article originally appeared on Freedom Outpost.

  • Don

    No wonder California is going down the toilet rapidly. Why do they continue to elect nit wits like this idiot in California?

  • rejco

    Is that evil witch already paying her housekeeper, gardener, and cabana-boys those wages?

  • King Homer

    $26 per hour minimum wage!? The 1% scoffs at such ridiculous diatribe. hahaha

  • dougdiggler

    If the minimum wage kept up with the rate of inflation, it would be around $22 an hr. I guess some readers here have a problem with that, they must not work for a living.

  • David Mowers

    I want this woman to run for President of the United States!

  • David Mowers

    In Europe the minimum wage did keep up with inflation and blue collar workers make $25.00 to $45.00 an hour but Americans hate Christ and hate morality so we won’t do the right thing.

  • Pravda01

    I have a tip for poor Americans!

    Become a Jew and move to the place called Israel – there you will get all the moneys and services you want and need – paid by USA!

  • Pravda01

    In many European countries the minimum wage is not taxed at all! Mr. Obama could do the same here in the US – or does it make sense to take taxes from the poor, in order to give it back in form of subsidies like food stamps?

  • Pravda01

    Come on – people need to survive! We should reduce all wages of public workers such as police, firemen and military.

  • ms willy nilly

    Yeah right. Then everyone who makes $26 now will want a raise too. Talk about inflation taking over! You people are nit wits. All it will do is make everything more expensive, and everyone will still be at square one, only spending more for the same thing.