President Obama plans to stress executive action in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, including an order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some federal contract workers, administration officials said.
Obama will also pledge to work with Congress on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from its current $7.25 to $10.10... Obama's minimum wage order will cover people who are performing services, such as janitors or construction workers, and are making less than $10.10 per hour.
The executive order is likely to impact about 250,000 federal government contract workers.
There is a growing sense of inevitability to the minimum wage debate, kind of like we see with marijuana legalization and marriage equality, in which states and cities are leading the way. Republicans can resist this all they want—at their peril—but the nation is embracing income inequality as one of the most pressing issues of the day.