John Edwards Returns To NC To Support Minimum Wage
Raleigh (Associated Press) -- Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards returned to North Carolina Monday and demanded that state lawmakers lend a hand to struggling workers. The former U.S. senator came to the Legislative Building to support an increase in the state's minimum wage. Edwards called poverty "the great moral issue of our day," and he's been traveling the nation to draw attention to it. North Carolina is among more than 25 states that abide by the federal minimum wage of five-dollars-15 cents an hour. The rate was last increased in 1997. State Representative Alma Adams has led a charge during the past decade to raise the minimum pay, proposing a bill this session to raise the minimum by a dollar. Governor Mike Easley advocates for an 85-cent increase in his budget released last week. Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, says he prefers a higher minimum wage that's tied to inflation.