Work hard. Earn a living. Make a home. Start a family. Pursue Happiness. That's the American Dream.
But for lots of people, no matter how hard you work, that dream seems out of reach. Rent, food, electricity, medicine, gas, child care, college - there's always too much to pay for... and even though people have been working harder and harder, their wages are not going up.
People are stretched -working two or even three jobs, juggling family responsibilities, doing everything possible to keep their heads above water -just to fall short every month. Is that what the American Dream is all about?
But what if we raised the minimum wage? That hard work would pay off. People would be able to make ends meet, they could quit their second jobs, and spend more time with their families. When that happens, whole communities are improved.
Raising the minimum wage means millions of extra dollars in people's pockets. Families spend their money at Main street businesses, strengthening our local economy.
We've already seen this happening. The 13 states that raised their minimum wage in January of this year have added more jobs and have lower unemployment than the 37 states that did not. Hard working families deserve to thrive, not barely survive. Raise the minimum wage. It's good for families. It's good for business. It's good for our community.