Kennedy, Affleck want minimum wage raised to $7 (Capitol Hill-AP) April 29, 2004 - Ben Affleck is helping Senator Edward Kennedy propose a $1.85 increase in the minimum wage. The small room in the Senate where their news conference was held on Thursday was overflowing with reporters and female staffers who wanted a glimpse of Affleck. Kennedy jokingly asked "where were you" the last time he proposed an increase in the minimum wage. Kennedy and other Democrats want the minimum wage raised to $7 an hour. It is currently $5.15. Affleck says, "Nobody is going to get rich off making $7 an hour, and no employer will go broke. It is simply the very least that we as a wealthy and prosperous nation can do." The senator and the actor met several years ago during a strike by Harvard janitors. Affleck's father and stepmother worked for low wages as janitors at Harvard University, but he joked that Kennedy invited him because he thought he'd be back working for minimum wage after his movie "Gigli" bombed. Link Only 7 bucks why not 20?