Raise the Federal Minimum Wage
Current Status: BrokenAs of
"The minimum wage has to go up. People are — at least $10, but it has to go up. But I think that states — federal — I think that states should really call the shot."
- Trump press conference, July 2016
Trump's stance on the minimum wage shifted wildly over the course of his campaign, from eliminating it, to raising it, and back again. His public stance has remained constant since July 2016, however, in December 2016, Trump tapped Andy Puzder - a fast food executive who is on record as opposing the minimum wage - to lead the Department of Labor which regulates the minimum wage.
During the 2020 campaign cycle, Trump gave conflicting signals, saying he would support increasing the minimum wage if reelected, but further voiced that he would leave it to the states and that he had concerns about the effects on small businesses.
The Federal minimum wage is still at $7.25/hr, the same rate as 2009.