The NY Times explains that Big Labor is backing the push by the Community Organizer-in-Chief to raise the minimum wage. The issue polls well, and making non-union workers more expensive ought to make the task of labor organizers a bit easier.
However, the Times careful editing process broke down here:
On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office issued a study that found that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would cause a loss of 500,000 jobs while lifting 900,000 workers above the poverty line.
Not exactly. As even the Times noted correctly at multiple moments, the CBO said that 900,000 family members would be lifted out of poverty. How many workers that might be remains an unplumbed mystery:
Real income would increase, on net, by $5 billion for families whose income will be below the poverty threshold under current law, boosting their average family income by about 3 percent and moving about 900,000 people, on net, above the poverty threshold (out of the roughly 45 million people who are projected to be below that threshold under current law).
If they had misspelled the name of a Russian ice dancer the correction would be immediate. Let's see how long this takes.
PEDANTS FOR PROGRESS: Hey, it's been corrected!