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posted Friday, May 26, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 21
Patty Murray introduces federal $15 per hour minimum wage bill
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Patty Murray introduces federal $15 per hour minimum wage bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Sen. Patty Murray announced on May 25 that she will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024.

Her colleague, Sen. Maria Cantwell, is a one of 30 co-sponsors of the measure.

Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) also introduced a companion House bill with 152 co-sponsors.

The Raise the Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 and index future increases to median wage growth thereafter. This raise would increase the federal minimum wage - in dollars adjusted for inflation - higher than its 1968 peak. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, when the Democratic majority in Congress raised it to the current $7.25 per hour.

The legislation would give more than 41 million low-wage workers a raise, increasing the wages of almost 30% of the US workforce. A $15 minimum wage by 2024 would generate $144 billion in higher wages for workers, benefiting their local economies.

The bill will also gradually eliminate the loophole that allows tipped workers and workers with disabilities to be paid substantially less than the federal minimum wage, bringing them to parity with the regular minimum wage. It would also phase out the youth minimum wage, which allows employers to pay workers under 20 years old a lower wage for the first 90 calendar days of work.

According to a statement released by Murray's office, labor productivity has more than doubled since the late 1960s, but pay for workers generally and for low-wage workers in particular has either stagnated or fallen since the 1970s.

At the same time, income for those at the top has skyrocketed. The richest 1% have seen their income grow by 15% since 2009 and by more than 130% since the late 1960s.

'Our country is strongest when workers and families are strongest, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationally is a critical part of reaching that goal,' Murray said in a statement.

'Washington state has been a leader in raising the minimum wage, because we know the value a living wage adds to our economy and in our communities. I'm especially proud that the Raise the Wage Act would mean millions of women - particularly women of color who are disproportionately impacted by pay discrimination - [can] earn more of what they need to support their families.'

Murray added: 'If President Trump truly cared about the workers he promised to put first on the campaign trail, he would join us to make sure workers get a fair wage, and that's exactly what we are going to push this administration and Republicans to do.'

'Washington state has a history of fighting for workers' rights. Our state has the nation's highest minimum wage at $11.00 and is one of the fastest growing economies in the country. We are proof that you can provide Americans a living wage while creating jobs and growing the economy,' Cantwell added.

'It's time for Congress to put workers before corporations and raise the national minimum wage. Today's bill does just that.'

Besides Murray and Cantwell, other sponsors of the measure include Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ben Nelson (D-Fla.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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