To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Raise the minimum wage to $15.00/hour!

We the undersigned believe that the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25 an hour, should be raised to $15.00 an hour. Had the minimum wage of 1968 been adjusted for inflation, it would be well above $10.00 an hour today. Productivity has also risen considerably since 1968: The typical worker is almost twice as productive today as he or she was then. Adjusted for both inflation and productivity gains, therefore, the minimum wage should be at least $15.00 an hour.

Why is this important?

American workers deserve to make a living wage. The President and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but the minimum wage should be $15 an hour because: (1) $10.10 an hour isn't enough to lift full-time workers and their families out of poverty; (2) Unlike 45 years ago, today's typical low-wage worker is not a teenager; he or she provides all or a large percent of family income; (3) The minimum wage would be at least $15 an hour if the minimum wage we had back in 1968 were adjusted for inflation and for the productivity gains we achieved since then; (4) Because some employers now pay wages that don't lift their employees out of poverty, the rest of us pay for their Medicaid, food stamps, housing, and other assistance -- in effect, subsidizing these low-wage employers; (5) Some jobs may be lost by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but many more people will be lifted out of poverty; (6) The economy will also benefit as low-wage workers have more money to spend, thereby creating more jobs; and (7) At a time in our nation's history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is the right and decent thing to do.

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Reasons for signing

  • To have a better standard of living
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  • Dear Mr. President, Please consider how the middle working class are viable commodities the economy needs to thrive and grow. When the middle class are able to spend, maintain a good life for their families and have opportunities, it helps them as individuals and can continue to keep the cogs of the American system moving in an upwardly mobile direction. With this I ask that you raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Thank you kindly, Ms. Katrina Van Oosten

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