About 19 out of 20 Democratic lawmakers who are clamoring for a substantial increase in the U.S. minimum wage don’t pay their own interns a red cent, according to an analysis from a Washington think tank.
The Employment Policies Institute is a right-leaning organization that commissions research from Nobel-laureate economists and is a longtime opponent of minimum-wage hikes.
The group frequently argues that raising the minimum wage increases unemployment by displacing low-skilled workers when small businesses face the prospect of a ballooning payroll.
But Tuesday’s revelation is a bit of home-grown research conducted in-house. The group told Daily Mail Online that ‘high-profile minimum wage [increase] advocates like Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz don’t pay their interns.’