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LeeAnn Hall, co-director of People’s Action Institute, provided this statement today on the $15 minimum wage proposal:

Organizations that make up People’s Action Institute have been fighting for a $15 minimum wage on the city and state level for years, helping lead the fight in Seattle – the first city to adopt $15 – and supporting other cities that followed.

The sky didn’t fall in Seattle when workers were paid a living wage, and it won’t fall anywhere else.

Our research shows that a $15 an hour minimum wage is a modest demand – the minimum wage in every state falls far short of an actual living wage. In Alabama, the $7.25 minimum wage is 47 percent of the $15.49 needed to make ends meet. In California, the $10 minimum wage is just half of the $19.90 it takes for a single adult to get by.

A full-time job should lead to financial stability, not poverty.

We applaud Sen. Sanders, Sen. Murray and the Senate’s Democrats who are supporting increasing the minimum wage to $15 and abolishing the tipped minimum wage. It can’t happen soon enough.

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About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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