Support the Raise the Wage Act
Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 (S. 1242 / HR 15) that would raise the minimum wage by roughly a dollar a year until it reaches $15 in 2024. Thereafter, further increases to the minimum wage would be dictated by median wage growth as opposed to new legislation, the slow process through which it is currently done. The bill would also implement other ideas to address increasing income inequality such as the gradual elimination of sub-minimum wages for young people, people with disabilities, and tipped workers (restaurant workers and others in the service and hospitality industry). Many lawmakers assume that minimum wage jobs are held by young people without major financial responsibilities, but the reality is that the majority of these job holders are adults and the primary breadwinners of their household; 62% are women and 6 million of them are mothers. Nearly three-quarters of Americans support raising the minimum wage. Nineteen states have already done so, and another 19 cities in red and blue states alike have increased the minimum wage to $15/hour. Under the Raise the Wage Act, nearly 30% of all American workers would see higher wages, including more than 40% of African American workers and a third of Latino workers. Not only would increasing the minimum wage be the right thing to do for American workers and families currently struggling to make ends meet, it would greatly benefit the US economy. Consumer spending would increase, and the need for taxpayer funded public-assistance programs would decrease. Congressional support for the Raise the Wage Act is at an all time high with 30 co-sponsors in the Senate and 163 co-sponsors in the House. The time for Congress to act is now."