As state legislatures across the country wrap up their deliberative sessions it’s a good time to review what they accomplished on behalf of working families and small businesses. From Minnesota to Hawaii, states considered and passed minimum wage increases. States also looked at providing seniors with a more secure retirement and low-income workers with the safety of paid leave for illness or family care. These policies represent our vision for the economy, one that is pro-worker and pro-business and makes our workplaces healthier, drives more customers to local businesses, secures a future of prosperity for workers of all ages, and grows our country’s economy.
What's it like to live on the minimum wage in this day and age? Michigan state legislators are finding out just that this week as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. Here's ThinkProgress.org reporting in.
As part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America, Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard and State Reps. Cynthia Stafford, Victor Torres, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Kionne McGhee, Shevrin Jones, Bobby Powell, Clovis Watson, and Ricardo Rangel are taking the Minimum Wage Challenge. Here's a mid-week check-in.
State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) today announced that she will take the minimum wage challenge and shop for a week’s worth of groceries while only spending $42. The Economic Policy Institute’s family budget calculator factors in rent and other expenses a minimum wage worker encounters to arrive at the $42 a week grocery budget. Tlaib will take her $42 and shop for groceries on Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Foods, 1565 E. Lafayette St. in Detroit.
Media Advisory: On April 7 at 10:30am ET, Americans United For Change & Progressive States Network will hold a national press call to discuss the 11-state “Give America A Raise” bus tour & Week of Action in 20 states.
WCTV's Lanetra Bennett reports: "The Florida AFL-CIO, young workers, union members, activists, Rep. Dwight Bullard and students from across the state of Florida are urging legislators to take action this legislative session on: establishing tuition equity for students, ensuring workers have an effective mechanism to recover stolen wages, and raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10. The group says that 70 percent of jobs being created are part-time. A warehouse worker from Jacksonville, Florida, Dave Snyder, says, "It's not a living wage. I'm here to tell you as a person who works two jobs: one in the middle of the night at a warehouse loading boxes; and the second one in a call center for minimum wage. I'm here to tell you, it's not enough to make ends meet with rent, with the cost of living. This is the fundamental issue of my class and my generation." The coalition is also fighting for issues that affect Florida's teachers, such as testing and accountability."
Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard is taking the Minimum Wage Challenge as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. “I can think of no greater matter of importance than someone's ability to work and earn a decent wage," Senator Bullard stated. "Let those who would deny it try to live on it for just a week.
As part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, State Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) recently took the minimum wage challenge of trying to buy groceries for an entire week on just $42.