Trump has long promised to raise wages and benefits for workers and expand the work week.
The president and his administration have repeatedly made it clear that they’re determined to move ahead with their plans.
On Monday, Trump signed an executive order making it easier for workers to receive overtime pay in the event of a “serious economic or health emergency.”
But the president’s push to increase the minimum pay for workers in 2018 and 2019, which had been the focus of a decades-old labor law, is now off the table.
“The minimum wage has never been higher, and it is not the job of government to decide what people can and can’t earn,” Trump said during a news conference with governors last month.
“There’s a big difference between the minimum and the minimum for the middle class and the working class.”
In the meantime, Trump has floated plans to raise workers’ pay, including by a factor of five.
In June, he proposed a $1.25 minimum wage increase for every hour worked.
The minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour.
The federal minimum wage, meanwhile, is set to rise by $2.13 per hour beginning Jan. 1.
The White House has yet to formally propose a plan for a federal minimum hourly wage.
The White House and Trump administration officials have repeatedly said that the minimum hourly pay plan would be phased in over a period of years.
In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in September, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that would be the case.
But, Sanders told Kelly, that plan would only go into effect for “two years” and then “there’s going to be a whole other set of changes that are coming in.”
As for the idea of raising the minimum, Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he was going to propose that after his administration takes “all of the hard decisions that are needed to make sure that our economy is strong, that our jobs are secure, that people’s wages are rising, and that our national security is not undermined.”
“If we’re going to get to the point where we’re able to do it, it’s going be done through a massive increase in the minimum wages,” Trump added.
“We’re going, first of all, to have to put in place a massive infrastructure investment.”
But with Trump in the White House, the plan is still likely to face significant opposition from labor groups, which have been calling for a hike in the federal minimum wages for decades.
A $15 minimum wage would not only help millions of low-wage workers, but would also provide a huge boost to the economy, said Jim Darnell, the director of the Labor Research Center at the University of Michigan.
Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to lower the federal deficit, but his plans to increase unemployment benefits and expand Social Security would put the country on a path to a $19 trillion debt and a $20 trillion deficit by 2027.
In a report last year, the Economic Policy Institute estimated that the federal government would lose $10.4 trillion to $11.4 billion per year from the increased minimum wage and a federal budget deficit of $20.7 trillion over the next decade.
But while Trump is unlikely to be able to raise all of the benefits, he is also likely to push for a minimum wage hike to create a safety net for millions of workers, said Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.
“The fact that it’s being pushed through the Trump administration is a big reason why people are worried,” Zandi said.
“They want the minimum to go up.
But the question is: Will it go up to what they’re willing to pay?”
If the minimum does not increase in 2020, it would take until 2026 before it would be higher than the current $7 minimum wage.
It would then be raised by another $1 to $2 in 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
There is also the issue of the federal unemployment benefit.
A $15 wage would make a big dent in the cost of the program.
According to the American Action Forum, the federal workforce currently pays $2,829 for a full-time worker in 2020.
The group estimates that, if the minimum is raised to $14.25, the cost per employee would rise to $10,937.
If it is lowered to $12, $14, and $15 per hour and a minimum of $10 per hour is included, the wage would increase to $13,934.
And, as the minimum increase takes effect in 2019, there is no guarantee that the wage will increase to the same level as it did before the minimum was increased.
According to the Economic Analysis and Research Project at the Urban Institute, the increase to a minimum would reduce the federal payroll by $12.4 to $16