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Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Minimum Wage Jump Needed to Build Stronger Economy

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Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another raise.

Today’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage befits Scrooge — before he saw the error of his ways. It amounts to just $15,080 a year for full-time workers.

Workers shouldn’t have to depend on food stamps or food banks to put Christmas dinner on their tables.

In my state, Louisiana, which is not a high-cost state, a single adult needed income of $19,256 to afford basic expenses such as food, housing, transportation, health care and taxes in 2012, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. That’s $9.26 an hour at 40 hours a week year-round, which is $2 more an hour than the current minimum wage.

Most Americans agree that if you work full time, you should not be living in poverty. Today’s miserly minimum wage doesn’t just impoverish workers, it hurts our economy.

• Category: National • Tags: Camille Moran