House-passed legislation boosting the federal minimum wage moves to the Senate, where Democrats intend to add billions of dollars in tax breaks to make it easier for business to swallow. Moving on a top priority, House Democrats, with help from 82 Republicans, overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday that would eventually lift the minimum wage by $2.10 an hour, the first increase in a decade. It didn't include any tax breaks to help temper the sting of higher labor costs to businesses. In the Senate, however, Democrats have only a fragile majority and many of them favor the tax breaks.
See Jeannine Aversa, San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2007