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Report: 1 out of 4 New Jersey residents would benefit from a higher minimum wage

From New Jersey Policy Perspective:

“Increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 would directly boost the pay of about 1 in 4 Garden State workers, or 975,000 men and women. The wage increase would help a diverse group of workers who currently aren’t paid enough to make ends meet, improving their chances of getting by – and, often, providing for their families – in high-cost New Jersey.”

 

See the complete report here.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Introduces $15 Minimum Wage Bill

July 22nd: Senator Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey and Representatives Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison have introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The bill, titled the Pay Workers A Living Wage Act, will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and eliminate the different tipped minimum wage.

For more info watch the video below:

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Congressman Alan Grayson Introduces H.R. 1346

H.R.1346
Latest Title: To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to index future increases to such wage to increases in the consumer price index.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 3/21/2013)

COSPONSORS
Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37]
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9]
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13]
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5]
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20]
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30]
Rep Kildee, Daniel T [MI-5]
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13]
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5]
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2]
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-10]
Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8]
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13]
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1]
Rep Wilson, Frederica S. [FL-24]

PDF of the Bill

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By |March 22nd, 2013|Legislation|Comments Off on Congressman Alan Grayson Introduces H.R. 1346

Congressman Grayson’s Remarks Supporting Minimum Wage Bill in Congressional Record

IN SUPPORT OF CATCHING UP TO 1968 ACT OF 2013
HON. ALAN GRAYSON OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mr. GRAYSON. Mr. Speaker, these statements and findings are made in support of the ‘‘Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013.’’ In determining that it is time to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour and index it to inflation, Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost nearly one-third of its value. Had it kept pace with inflation since then, the federal minimum wage would be $10.67 today.

(2) Given that the minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation, more than thirty million low-wage workers are making less today than low-wage workers did 45 years ago in 1968.

(3) As the cost of living increased in the past several decades, the reduced purchasing power of the minimum wage has made it more difficult for low-wage workers to pay for basic necessities such as housing, transportation, food, and healthcare.

(I) Housing prices have nearly doubled; the median value of owner-occupied properties has increased by about 80 percent between 1970 and 2009.

(II) The cost of a gallon of motor vehicle gasoline has increased more than 60 percent from 1978 to 2012 according to U.S. Energy Information data.

(III) The average cost of health insurance premiums has skyrocketed. According to U.S. Census figures, from 1990 to 2009, health insurance costs per capita have more than doubled, increasing 102 percent. The average annual cost of employer-sponsored family health insurance premiums increased 89 percent from 1999 to 2011. Workers bore more of that load, with the average worker contribution toward employer-sponsored health insurance increasing by 94 percent. On top of this, an increasing number of medical expenses […]

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