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Regional Minimum Wage Proposal Highlights Democratic Rift (1)

March 27, 2019, 5:29 PMUpdated: March 27, 2019, 7:28 PM

Alabama Democrat Rep. Terri Sewell is preparing to counter a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour with legislation that would vary pay rates by region.

The measure, which Sewell plans to introduce as soon as March 28, is being floated as a response to the $15 minimum wage bill touted by Democrat leadership. It comes as some moderate Democrats have yet to be convinced to get behind a key piece of the party’s economic legislative platform.

Sewell’s bill would set “a regional, cost of living based minimum wage,” a spokeswoman for Alabama’s lone Democrat House ...