Rep. George Miller (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Workforce Committee, is readying legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Miller’s proposal – which will include a series of small, gradual hikes modeled on a bill championed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) – strays from the approach urged this week by a score of House liberals who, behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), want a sharp and immediate increase in workers’ wages.

Miller’s staged design is sure to get some pushback from Democrats and worker advocates who want party leaders to go the more aggressive route.  Jackson this week called the gradual approach “unacceptable.”

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