By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – The federal minimum wage increased this week for the first time in 10 years. The increase coasted by President Bush's desk as part of a larger supplemental war funding bill. That's made it a case of one party's word against another's when it comes to who can truly claim to have supported increasing the minimum wage. Wyoming democratic party spokesman Bill Luckett says Representative Barbara Cubin does not have that right. Congressional records show that each time the Fair Minimum Wage Act and related bills came up for a vote earlier this year Cubin voted against them. Cubin's spokeswoman Alison McGuire conceded in an e-mail statement that Cubin did vote against earlier versions of the bill. But she said the final version, which was tacked on to the larger supplemental war funding bill, was more palatable to Cubin because it included tax breaks to help small businesses.