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Letter to Donald Trump

November 3rd, 2015

 

Dear Mr. Trump,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You should follow through on interest in “making America great again” by supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage. Surely as a man of business you must know that it is not economically sustainable to pay employees substandard wages? Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to a poll by Hart Research 75% of all Americans support a minimum wage hike, including 53% of all Republicans. And […]

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Letter to Sen. Rick Santorum

November 3rd, 2015

 

Dear Sen. Santorum,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You talk a lot about, “creating more opportunity for everyone to rise in society and make life better and safer for all American workers.” As you run for president, you must do more to support raising the federal minimum wage. While it is admirable that you support raising the minimum wage, you must raise it more than $8.75 an hour. Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to […]

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Letter to Sen. Marco Rubio

Dear Sen. Rubio,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You have spent a great deal of time talking wanting to expand the American Dream for the “New American Century.” You must work to make sure that the American Dream doesn’t turn into the American Nightmare of penury. One of the best ways to do that would be to come out in favor of a strong federal minimum wage. Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to a poll by […]

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Letter to Sen. Rand Paul

November 3rd, 2015

Dear Sen. Paul,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

            Your policies are based on the idea of freedom.  As you run for president, you must do more to create economic freedom for millions of hardworking Americans by ensuring a fair days pay for a fair days work. The best way to do this is by raising the federal minimum wage.  Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to a poll by Hart Research 75% of all […]

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Letter to Gov. George Pataki

November 3rd, 2015

Dear Gov. Pataki,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You’ve spent a great deal of time touting your record restoring New York’s economy. One of the best ways to continue to grow the American economy would be to come out in favor of a strong federal minimum wage. Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to a poll by Hart Research 75% of all Americans support a minimum wage hike, including 53% of all Republicans. And a […]

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Letter to Gov. John Kasich

November 3rd, 2015

Dear Gov. Kasich,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You’ve claim to have spent a great deal of time as Governor “lifting up the most vulnerable Americans.” As you run for president, you must do more to support raising the federal minimum wage. You need to come out in favor of raising it a number that can benefit all Americans, instead of making vague notions about the need to raise it. Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. […]

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