Barack Obama is the worst jobs president since the Great Depression.
The White House may have to scrap its plans to aggressively promote a 40 per cent national minimum wage hike now that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the move would likely cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016.
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The CBO’s report, released Tuesday afternoon, also estimated that it would pull 900,000 low-income Americans above the federal government’s poverty line.
The White House didn’t answer questions about whether that trade-off is acceptable to President Obama, but Senate Democrats have pushed hard for legislation that would implement his goal of driving the minimum wage far above its current $7.25 level.