AUGUST 4, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - A proposal to combine a minimum-wage increase
with a break in the so-called death tax is dead for now. But the
issue could come up in the Senate again this fall, thanks to a
maneuver by Majority Leader Bill Frist.
The Senate last night failed to get the 60 votes necessary to
approve a bill fusing the tax cut for multi (m) million-dollar
estates, with a two-dollar-ten-cent minimum wage increase spread
over three years. The current five-15 minimum hasn't changed in a
Arkansas' delegation split in yesterday's vote. Blanche Lincoln
was one of four Democrats voting in favor of the bill. Mark Pryor,
also a Democrat, voted against it.
When it was clear the measure wouldn't pass, Frist switched his
vote from ``yes'' to ``no'' in a maneuver preserving his right to