Americans are still suffering from one of the worst recessions in history, yet wages have flatlined. The time has come to raise the minimum wage in our community.
The latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 46.2 million Americans are living below the poverty line — defined as $11,484 for an individual or $23,021 for a family of four. If a minimum-wage worker puts in 40 hours a week, he or she would make $15,080.
We can give hard-working people a decent wage and keep our city a decent place to live. Or we can ignore them and pay more money to support people on welfare. It is as simple as that.
Why is this important?
Out of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains.
Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Support is growing from city to city across the country to raise the local mimimum wage. Cities across the country are being urged to govern their communities and do what they think is best for their people.