Dear Member of Congress
Our current minimum wage puts and keeps families in poverty and hurts our economy. Moms can’t provide for their families on the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That’s why in the past two years families around the country have spoken out—in the streets, online, at the ballot box, and in statehouses and city halls—for a wage they can live on and that fuels our consumer-powered economy.
Raising the minimum wage boosts our economy:
- A minimum wage increase to $12/hour would pump billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, benefiting Main Street businesses.
- Workers who are both directly and indirectly affected by the Raise the Wage Act would see over $80 billion in increased earnings over the next five years. Because low-wage workers tend to spend increased earnings locally on basic needs, this will benefit our local businesses that rely on consumer spending.
- A recent study by UC Berkeley’s Labor Center found that poverty level wages by employers cost U.S. taxpayers $152.8 billion each year in public support for working families who otherwise would not be able to put food on the table. By raising workers wages, less people will have to depend on programs like SNAP.
I strongly urge you to support the Raise the Wage Act, introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott. This important piece of legislation will do three things:
- Raise the federal minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020
- Set automatic increases starting in 2021 to keep pace with rising wages overall
- Gradually phase out the tipped wage, which has been frozen at $2.13 since 1991
A raise to $12 an hour would make a big difference to our families. 35 million workers would benefit from this increase—1/3 of whom are mothers. And our economy and local businesses would see a boost as well since low-wage workers tend to spend increased earnings locally on basic needs.
A fair wage is good for families and it is good for our economy. Please join me in supporting the Raise the Wage Act!