“Nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”
– President Obama, January 20, 2015
No one should live in poverty when working full time. It’s time to establish a living wage.
In President Obama’s State of the Union address, he once again urged Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He posed a challenge to Congress: try living on $15,000 or less a year. For most members, that would be more than a 90 percent pay cut.
Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers. And it’s the right thing to do.
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With Scott Walker out of the presidential race and polls showing stronger support for unions, labor leader David Rolf is optimistic about a number of trends, including raising the minimum wage.
We talk about whether Congress will eventually follow all the states that are tired of waiting and are raising the minimum wage on their own with Rolf, the author of “The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America.”
Conservatives are discussing poverty and inequality more and more, but what are they really saying? Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress breaks down the Republicans’ anti-poverty rhetoric, showing that it is just a coded way to justify the same old policies aimed at cutting education, health care and affordable housing.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and a coalition of progressive leaders launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality, kicking off a campaign to ensure progressive voices are heard throughout the 2016 election cycle.
At the core of The Progressive Agenda is the principle that our economy must work for all Americans, not just the super-wealthy.
“The Progressive Agenda comes down to a very simple concept – we need to reward work again,” said de Blasio. “We need to reward work, not wealth.”
To address the pressures faced by working families, the agenda focuses on raising wages, lowering the cost of child care and higher education, and pursuing tax fairness that will put more money in the pockets of working families while ensuring that the wealthiest pay their fair share.
“We need a strong foundation for every child and every working family to thrive,” said Merkley. “To do this, we need to restore an economy that works for working Americans.”
The Progressive Agenda
To Lift the Floor for Working People
1. Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
2. Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
3. Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
4. Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.
To Support Working Families
5. Pass national paid sick leave.
6. Pass national paid family leave.
7. Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
8. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
9. Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.
To Ensure Tax Fairness
10. Close the carried interest loophole.
11. End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
12. Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
13. Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.
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