Alison Grimes on Jobs
Increase the minimum wage to a living wage
In order to grow our middle class, we must raise the minimum wage to help hardworking Americans achieve a basic standard of living. 2/3 of minimum wage workers in the US are women. Consider a single working mother of two who makes the current federal
minimum wage who brings home just $14,500 annually--nearly $4,000 below the poverty line.
Rather than forcing our own neighbors to choose between putting food on the table, getting to work and paying the rent, all Americans deserve a living wage that
is consistent with our values. Raising the minimum wage would increase incomes for more than 30 million US workers, and is an important step to ensure workers see the benefits of a growing economy. Doing so would:
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website AlisonForKentucky.com "Issues"
, Feb 3, 2014
- Lift the wages of over one in
four Kentucky workers.
- Increase annual earnings for the nearly 30 percent of Kentuckians who make minimum wage or just above by $2,369 on average and $863 million in total.
- Grow Kentucky's GDP by $546 million by 2015 and create 2,200 jobs.
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