Amid Scranton’s ever-deepening financial crisis, Mayor Chris Doherty said his administration is going forward with a plan to unilaterally slash the pay of 398 workers to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour with today’s payroll, insisting it is all the city can afford.

That will likely earn administration officials an appointment with Judge Michael Barrasse, who granted the city’s police, fire and public works unions a special injunction temporarily barring the administration from imposing the pay cuts after a brief hearing Thursday.

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There are two House bills that would increase the minimum wage. The WAGE Act would set a base minimum wage for tipped employees such as waiters and bartenders (excluding tips) from $2.13 to $5.50 an hour. And the Living American Wage Act of 2011 would tie the minimum wage level to the poverty threshold for a family of two individuals. Both bills seem to be stalled in committee. The chances of either passing are remote given the Republican majority. 

In 2008, Barack Obama pledged as to fight poverty: By the end of 2011, he would raise the federal minimum wage to $9.50 and index it to inflation. In effect, Obama was pushing for a 31% pay raise for millions of the country’s lowest earners. But the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 an hour, the same rate it’s been since 2009, when the last of a series of wage bumps signed into law by George W.

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