Raise the Minimum wage!
Posted by carldavidson on April 20, 2015
Our County Commissioners agree!
They will be passing a resolution on Thursday evening at their regularly scheduled meeting to support raising the minimum wage.
They have invited us to attend.
THURSDAY 4/23/15 BEAVER COUNTY COURTHOUSE 6:00 PM
Here in Beaver County, we once had a wonderful standard of living. One wage earner made enough to support an entire family. That money flowed through our community, making life better for everyone. We and our neighbors had money for the services that a proliferation of small businesses offered. Our children went to college and happily shopped for their supplies. Hobbies and recreation abounded. Now we have more minimum wage jobs in our County than ever. More of our neighbors are struggling just to pay rent and put food on the table. If their car breaks down, or they get sick and miss work, their family experiences a crisis. On an everyday basis they have trouble buying warm school clothes for their children. More and more of us are winding up in this position.
Raising the federal minimum wage would boost the paychecks of over 30 million workers in the U.S. And the benefits of the increase will reverberate across the economy. We all know how important that would be to Beaver County. Our County Commissioners agree! They will be passing a resolution on Thursday evening at their regularly scheduled meeting & have invited us to attend. According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will generate $30 billion in economic activity and create 140,000 new jobs over three years. Small businesses would grow and hire, and we’d put the 99% back to work. The minimum wage can’t support our families. The current federal minimum wage–at $7.25 an hour–amounts to only $15,080 a year. That’s almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four. In no state can a minimum wage worker afford a two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent, working a standard 40-hour work week, without paying more than 30% of their income. We’ve got some catching up to do: If the federal minimum wage had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years, it would currently be at $10.55. People who work for a living should be able to live off of their wages. Real legislation is being discussed right now, and it’s up to us to show that there is a wealth of support for raising the minimum wage and increasing the spending power for working Americans.