Whatever the motive, the Kansas Senate did the right thing last week in approving a bill that would raise the state’s bottom-of-the-barrel minimum wage of $2.65 an hour to the federal level. Will the more conservative House do likewise? It certainly should. The state minimum wage may be a “phony issue,” said state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, because it applies to few businesses and as few as 20,000 Kansas workers. But if so, it cannot also be the socialist threat to the free market that business lobbyists have annually insisted it is. Either way, Republicans should join the effort to make $7.25 the state’s minimum.
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