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Received this e-mail today from Senator Ed Markey (D. MA) regarding raising the minimum wage:
No one should ever have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.

Yet, for far too many hard-working full-time employees, this choice is sometimes a hard reality.

In fact, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a minimum wage employee can’t afford a two bedroom apartment without paying more than 30% of his or her income in rent -- and that’s simply not sustainable.

This week, the President signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contractors. This is an important first step, but you and I know there is still much to be done.

That’s why I am working with my Democratic colleagues in the Senate to call for a long overdue raise in the federal minimum wage for all workers.

Join us in supporting a raise in the federal minimum wage. Sign the petition today.

A higher minimum wage would boost pay for nearly 28 million low-income employees across this country by 2016 -- helping to lift tens of millions out of poverty and giving them a chance to get ahead.

Too many hard-working workers in Massachusetts and across this country are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty because they can’t earn enough to make ends meet. Raising the minimum wage would help our low-income families work their way into the middle class, as well as strengthen our economy.

Our workers shouldn’t have to toil in multiple jobs just to barely pay the bills. Stand with me in calling for a raise in the federal minimum wage. Add your voice to mine and sign the petition today.

Thank you for showing your support, and for your activism on this important issue.


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Originally posted to pdc on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    oceanview, DawnN

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:30:39 AM PST

  •  No one in the Senate (0+ / 0-)

    is listening to Ed.  No influence.  No constituency beyond his district.  And, too many years of supporting the wrong stuff...Hey you like the "free" remote for your TVee?

    Junior Senator is about right.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 10:59:48 AM PST

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