Congresswoman Lee: Raise California’s minimum wage to $26 an hour

Impressed with the Seattle mayor’s proposal proposal to raise the minimum wage in his city to $15 per hour, a California congresswoman thinks the bottom in her state should be set at $26 per hour.

“Good for him,” U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee said on CNN’s “Crossfire” Sunday.

“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,” she said.

Co-host Newt Gingrich asked if she would support such a wage for California.

“Absolutely, I would support it for California,” Lee said, adding that such a living wage would promote a more productive work force.

U.S. Rep.  Andy Harris, R-Md., said he hoped California would make such a move, because it would send jobs fleeing to other states, like Texas — or maybe even, Maryland.

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