Constituents of Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, may wonder why he was the only member of the Kansas delegation to vote against increasing the minimum wage — something that 89 percent of Americans support, according to a Newsweek poll. The measure passed the House Wednesday on a bipartisan 315-116 vote; Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, was among the 82 Republicans in favor. In a statement, Tiahrt said that he supports raising the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour, as Democrats propose. But he wants the increase linked to tax relief and affordable health insurance provisions for small businesses, as Republicans propose. "I am disappointed that House Democrats failed the American worker and small businesses," Tiahrt said.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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