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Minimum Wage, Maximum Update

Minimum Wage, Maximum Update

Since our last minimum wage update, there have been numerous reports and stories on the issue and the federal bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Yesterday, Connecticut became the first state to pass a $10.10 minimum wage law. The state’s minimum wage will increase in three increments and hit $10.10 in 2017. Learn more here and here.
  • Small Business Majority, a national small business organization, founded and run by small business owners to support the 28 million small businesses in the U.S., released a survey of small business owners’ opinions on the minimum wage. The organization found that nearly 60% of small business owners support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 over next two and half years. Read more here and here.
  • The Center for American Progress released its long awaited report on the impact of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 on enrollment and spending on other federal programs like SNAP. The report found that savings in the SNAP program alone would amount to $46 billion over ten years. Find out more here and here.
  • The White House has been drawing attention to the minimum wage as a women’s issue—and with good reason. 71% of tipped workers are women and two thirds of those making minimum wage or less are women. Check out more on this issue here and here.
  • The National Restaurant Association, which opposes a minimum wage increase, organized a sign on letter for economists a few weeks ago. However, it sent the sign-on invitation in the name of economist Vernon L. Smith and declined to tell any of the economists invited that there was a moneyed interest behind the letter. Read more here.

The time to take action on this crucial issue is now—call on your Members of Congress to support this vital legislation.

Howie Levine is a 2013-2014 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He is originally from St. Paul, MN, where he is a member of Mt. Zion Temple. He graduated from Tufts University.

Howie Levine

Published: 3/27/2014

Categories: Social Justice, Advocacy, Economic Justice
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