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ThinkProgress: Lawmakers Take The ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Eat Off A Reduced Budget For A Week

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.

Florida Legislators' Show Of Force On The Minimum Wage

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.

Rallying For Working Families In Nebraska

The Rally For Working Families at the Nebraska State Capitol, held as part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America, was a major success! Yesterday, joined by a throng of supporters and advocates, Senators Jeremy Nordquist, Heath Mello, Tanya Cook, and Danielle Conrad announced a new ballot initiative effort to put a minimum wage increase before the people of Nebraska in November. 

MI Rep. Tlaib Takes Challenge to Buy a Week’s Worth of Groceries on Minimum Wage

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.

Americans United For Change & Progressive States Network Spotlight Momentum to "Give America A Raise" Building In The States

Washington, DC– Fresh off a 3,500 mile, 11-state "Give America A Raise" Bus Tour that gained widespread local media attention and put Republicans in Congress on notice to represent the clear majority of Americans and raise the minimum wage to $10.10, Americans United For Change was joined today by leading state legislators working with Progressive States Network, a national organization that empowers state legislators to advance progressive solutions, to announce a ‘National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America’ starting today.  Visit: http://progressivestates.org/weekofaction

PRESS CALL: APRIL 7, 10:30am ET: AUFC, Progressive States Network to Discuss “Give America A Raise” Week of Action in 20 States

04/04/2014

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: Florida Young Workers Speak Out

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 Senator Bullard To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week

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.

 

Michigan State Senators Take Minimum Wage Challenge to Highlight Need for Better Pay

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.

Living On The Minimum Wage In Connecticut As State Makes History

In advance of Connecticut's history-making minimum wage increase and as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, Connecticut State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield takes the Grocery Challenge.