Rep. Frederica Wilson: Raising the Minimum Wage: Good Ethics and Good Economics

“This week, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of a March on Washington that was as much about economic justice as political freedom.  And over this long weekend, we observe the only national holiday that’s all about honoring the American worker.

But this week is about much more than symbolism.  It’s about action.  All over the country, food industry workers–some of the lowest-paid and hardest-working people in the nation–are stepping off the job to petition for a living wage.  In Washington, a real fight is brewing over the nation’s minimum wage, which, at $7.25, remains one of the lowest in the developed world.

In the wake of a Great Recession that hit low-income workers hardest, America is coming around to a simple fact: Raising the minimum wage is not only good ethics but also good economics.”

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