Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It’s time to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.50 per hour and bring it closer to a living wage.
We’re lucky here in Washington, we have the highest minimum wage in the country ($9.19). It is shameful what many other states pay (usually based on the federal minimum of $7.25.
What family can survive on $7.25 per hour? That’s a mere $15,000 for a whole year of work! (That means both mom and dad have to work two jobs, and meanwhile, who’s watching the kids? Who is making sure they do their homework and go to school? Who makes sure they get decent meals and enough sleep? Who is keeping them out of gangs?)
Raising the minimum wage is not just good for our society, but also for our economy. Economists have shown that raising the minimum wage means families have more money to spend buying restaurant meals, new clothes, even cars. Sure, a higher minimum wage pushes all wages up (and thus business costs go up), but the increase in profits makes up for that. (If you like to look at statistics, go online and check out the Economic Policy Institute’s report, “Increases in minimum wage boost consumer spending.”)
Everyone benefits with a higher minimum wage. Families get out of poverty. Parents spend more time with their children. Business owners get bigger profits.
So, contact Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and tell her it’s long past time for a raise (the federal minimum wage has been frozen since 2007.) Contact Sen. Patty Murray and tell her the minimum wage should be tied to inflation. Then get in touch with Sen. Maria Cantwell and tell her it’s good for the economy.
Finally, if you want to know more about the campaign to raise the federal minimum wage, go to timeforaraise.org.