let us remind ourselves what we are talking about when we talk about the minimum wage: We are talking about a floor– what we as a society have said is the bare minimum an employer can pay a worker and still be considered an ethical, responsible company. Bare. Minimum. If the legislature passes the highest number anyone has talked about — $9.50 an hour — that annual salary puts the average person still well below the federal poverty level. People cannot sustain themselves or a family on these wages. And, as our economy as transferred wealth from working and middle classes to the wealthiest, the myth of minimum wage workers being just teenagers is–just that– a myth. Minimum wage is the new normal for millions of Americans.
Great post. Take a few minutes to see where your MN state senator stands on raising and indexing the state minimum wage. Patricia Torres Ray, my senator, has stated that she supports both.