Casey Calls for National Minimum Wage Increase

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Reading, PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage by passing the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. During a press conference at City Hall in Reading, Casey detailed how increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation will offer a lift up the ladder to the middle class and boost the economy by stimulating new spending.

“Six years have passed since the last minimum wage increase was enacted. Pay for the middle class is stagnant while the gap between the haves and have nots widens,” said Senator Casey. “That is why I support legislation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and to thereafter index the wage to inflation. This will be an important step to address an imbalance that can cause a full-time worker trying to support their family to be paid below the poverty level.”

Today, the purchasing power of the minimum wage is down 30% from its peak in 1968. Adjusting for inflation, the 1968 minimum wage would be more than $10.50 today. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and to thereafter index the wage to inflation, an important step to address an imbalance that can cause a full-time worker trying to support their family to be paid below the poverty level.

Currently, 15.7 million children in the U.S., or more than one out of five children, have at least one parent who would receive a raise if the Fair Minimum Wage Act were passed. 8.5 million parents across the country would receive a raise if the Fair Minimum Wage Act were passed – the average parent affected by this bill contributes nearly 60 percent of their entire family income.

~ News Release via Robert P. Casey, Jr. , U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania ~


7 responses to “Casey Calls for National Minimum Wage Increase

  1. Raising the minimum wage does nothing to improve the lives of the people making minimum wage. There may have a small bump in the beginning but it only raises the bar for everyone. If you increase someone from $7.50 to $10.50, then the person making $10.50 is going to expect to be raised to $13.50, the person making $13.50 would expect the same, and so on. And these increases all trickle down to the consumer. Minimum wage jobs are meant for teens and people just starting out and people that made crappy life choices. If you’re working a minimum wage job, have a family and are complaining about not making enough money… get a second job.

  2. This is just another gimmick for the low information voter to remember Casey at election time that he’s “fighting for hard-working families in Pennsylvania.” This idea was popular during the Clinton years also when Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich urged people to call a special hotline to share their sob stories about living on minimum wage. Of course I called and said they needed to raise it to $50 and be done with it. It was hard making the call with me laughing. What the low information crowd never realizes is that the minimum wage is also the maximum wage an employer ever has to pay you. It’s entry level, work ethic developing jobs that are stepping stones to better positions!

  3. When I graduated high school in 1968 the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour or $3,328 per year. The average cost of a new car was $2,822. The cost of a gallon of gas was $.34. The average rent was $150. The average salary of a baseball player was $20,000. The average yearly salary was
    $7,850. These are just a few examples of how you could actually live on minimum wage and how it compared to others. It’s not about people making bad choices. We have a changed to a service economy. In order to sustain our economy people at the bottom of the wage scale have to be able to afford the basics of a car and a place to live. The answer is not to tell them to get a second job. People saying things like that also probably lament the erosion of family values. If people earning minimum wage cannot buy into entry level homes, those people can’t move up and so forth. With that scenario the housing market cannot be sustained and the economy continues to stagnate. It’s easy to laugh at the less fortunate and then one day you wake up in that situation and there’s no compassion for you either. What a way to think of your fellow man.

  4. Raising the minimum wage doesn’t do anything to increase the life of the person earning it. The people calling for the increase are free to start their own business paying people as much money as they feel the minimum wage earner should earn. Not doing so only shows how little compassion they have for their fellow man.

  5. I’m always laughing at the absurdity of the dangling carrot of these proposed increases. Why not make it $20, $30, $40 or $50 per hour? That’s not a rhetorical question. I needed to make more income this year so I decided to take on more jobs and work 6 days a week and longer hours most of this year so far…. comparable to taking a second job. Compassion comes from people and not from a politician looking for votes. Unfortunately too many people equate a government program as compassion. Of course this year Harrisburg and Washington will tax me more so I’ll have less to give to local needs.

  6. Just for clarity, are you saying the entire concept of a minimum wage is absurd, or just raising the minimum wage? Hopefully, this question will stimulate your thought process. If you have a minimum wage it must be adjusted as the costs of goods and living increase. To the point stated above that the minimum is also the maximum, this is true of course, but in reality totally false. Go anywhere people are paid the minimum wage and you will see that it is the “starting” pay and there are lots of people making more than the minimum. I have nieces and nephews working in fast food who have “started” at $7.25 per hour, but have received periodic raises. Almost every worker has some kind of supervisor. The minimum wage raises also raise the level for these workers. If you stop laughing long enough to listen to yourself you “may” understand the foolishness of your comments. The minimum wage has been part of our economy for my entire life time and most likely for yours, unless you were born before 1938.

  7. A job pays what the job is worth. Pretty simple concept. That’s been in effect longer.

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