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¨Current minimum wage — $5.15

¨Annual pre-tax salary of a minimum-wage employee working 35 hours a week with no vacation — $9,373

¨Federal poverty guideline for a one-person household — $9,570

¨Number of votes shy of the 60 needed two weeks ago for the US Senate to pass a measure raising the minimum wage to $7.25 — 14

¨Years since Congress has increased the minimum wage — 7.5

¨Annual salary of a US senator — $162,100

¨Days US Senate was in session in 2004 — 133

¨Approximate salary paid to US senators for each day of the 2004 session — $1,219

¨Amount by which a US senator's salary has increased since 1997 — $28,500

¨Hourly wage of a Creative Loafing intern — $0

Sources: US Senate; Associated Press; US Dept. of Health and Human Services

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