Fight for 15: A living Minimum Wage

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low wages affects us all

  ● A dollar earned in the community is a dollar spent in the community. Raising the minimum wage leaves more money to be spent in the community 

  ● Average minimum wage earner is 35 years old.

  ● Increase income means higher home values and better, safer communities.

 

Why should I care?

Two numbers- 32 cents and $1.61*.  $1.61 is economic the impact giving a $1 to a minimum wage worker.  32 cents is the economic impact of $1 in corporate profit.  Helping the working class grows our economy at 5 times rate that corporate profits do. 

What does this mean for you?

 It means economic growth.

 It means more jobs.

It means higher wages.

 

Let’s Do This!

 

The greatness of our nation is not determined by how we treat the connected and the well-heeled; it is how we treat the poor, the sick and the needy.  It is this measure of greatness where we have failed as a country. The United States has the highest relative poverty of any industrialized nation.  We incarcerate more people than any other country on the face of the earth. This is not only morally reprehensible, but it is also economically foolish. 

In our quest to weed out ‘undeserving’ people from getting handouts, we have also declined to provide a hand up to those who need it the most.  Addressing these failures require that we raise the minimum wage to be a living wage.  It requires national healthcare so all can be covered without putting the burden on businesses so small business can compete with large.

As a leader in our country, it is essential to address quality of life.  Citizens are not servants of their government or their employers.  As the United States advances, so should the lives of each and every citizen.  We need maternity leave, more vacation time and economic security in retirement.  Some say that ‘will kill our businesses.’  It has not killed the business in Germany, England, France, Spain or any of our peers.  Instead, it is us who have been plagued with over 40 years of stagnating median wages while the wealth of the top 1% has exploded. It is time for us to change.