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Received this e-mail today from Congressman and gubernatorial candidate, Mike Michaud (D. ME), regarding the minimum wage:
Did you know that nearly 1.6 million Americans earn the federal minimum wage -- only $7.25 per hour?

That's just under $300 each week for folks to buy groceries for their families, heat their homes, buy clothes for their kids, and fill up their gas tanks. That's hardly enough to make ends meet.

Hard-working Americans across the country deserve the dignity of earning a living wage for putting in an honest day's work.

It's time for Congress to step up and give low income workers a raise. That's why I'm working with my colleagues in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Click here to add your name and demand Congress raise the minimum wage now!

Raising the minimum wage isn't just a moral issue -- it would also give a much-needed boost to our recovering economy. Study after study prove raising the minimum wage will create jobs, improve the workforce, and have a positive effect on the overall economy.

And it would would mean a pay increase for approximately 96,000 workers here in Maine.

Politicians talk a lot about the promise of the American Dream. For the low income Americans making minimum wage, let's help make that promise a reality.

Join me and urge Congress to raise the minimum wage. Click here now to add your name.

Thank you for standing with me to raise the minimum wage. Together, we can make sure Congress acts to help lift families out of poverty.

All the best,


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Originally posted to pdc on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:48 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    onionjim, hannah, Sylv

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:48:01 AM PST

  •  On the one hand, I am inclined to agree with (0+ / 0-)

    the proposition that government ought to stay out of business. But, the reality is that U.S. enterprise has ALWAYS relied on legislative and military and judicial support to keep itself in business. Just think of all the protections!

    trade restrictions
    zoning designations
    exclusive territories
    copy rights
    rights of way
    transport preference

    But, the most cogent rationale for Congress regulating how the currency is to be used is based on the fact that Congress is the issuer (in our name). Who better to claim a right to determine how and to whom and under what conditions the currency is dispersed?
    If individuals or corporate enterprises prefer not to comply with currency-related directives, then they have an easy out. Don't use it.

    by hannah on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:00:25 AM PST

  •   the problem is, we see what happens when business (1+ / 0-)
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    goes unregulated,  does sloppy work, and does whatever the hell it wants. you get the Exxon Valdez or DeepWater Horizon spills, you get the explosion in West, Texas and Quebec, and now you have the mess in West Virginia.  regulation is part of the deal with business . we let you operate, but it has to be under certain conditions and we have the right to check in to see if you are keeping up your end.

  •  poopdog - raising the national minimum wage (2+ / 0-)
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    nextstep, Sylv

    is overdue and I support the President's proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. However, shouldn't someone running for governor, not US Senator, of Maine be talking about raising the minimum wage in Maine? The State legislature and governor have the power to set the minimum wage for Maine at whatever level they think would be in the best interest of workers in Maine. Why wouldn't he be campaigning on the theme that if elected he would be an advocate for a higher Maine minimum wage?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:35:44 AM PST

    •  He is VClib, by pointing out that raising the fed (0+ / 0-)

      minimum, would raise the state minimum automatically, as states minimum wages are tied to the fed minimum. Now if he wants to go higher than 10.10, that's something he as governor would have the power to do. and likely would push for.

  •  I'd like to see this fleshed out a bit (0+ / 0-)

    for instance you could mention that Michaud is running against the incumbent Republican Paul LePage and that a donation/volunteer link can be found at the home link of the link that you included for the petition Mike Michaud for Governor
    I am glad to see this diary and some interest in it. LePage does look to be vulnerable and it would be great to pick up the governor's seat.

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