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Trib: Idaho bosses whistling Dixie

In today's editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:

Just four years ago, Idaho had won the race to the bottom. Nowhere else had a higher percentage of its workers earning the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour -- or less.  Over time, the state's ranking improved -- to second place in 2013 and then to ninth place the following year. Which is where it remained in 2015. Of the 458,000 hourly workers in Idaho, about 21,000 earn the minimum wage or less. Call that progress if you like. But consider where that leaves the Gem State -- smack dab in the middle of the Old South. As the Boise Weekly's George Prentice noted, Idahoans are the only non-Southerners in the top 10 minimum-wage states. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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