We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong.
That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. We should be able to get that done.
In Minnesota, workers not covered by the federal minimum wage can make as little as $5.25 an hour. (Click on the PDF thumbnail to see how minimum wage works in Minnesota.)
Here are some people's reactions to the State of the Union address and the idea of raising the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour. Add your opinion in comments below.
- "Extremely moving. Made me very proud." (Fridley Patch Facebook)
- "Same BS different speech." (Fridley Patch Facebook)
- "Obama nailed it! Rubio and the water reach was hysterical...what a dork! I think [the minimum-wage hike is] a great idea. We cant shame ppl for being trapped in poverty when our society keeps them there." (Fridley Patch Facebook)
What's your opinion on the minimum wage? Did you like the president's speech? Have your say in comments below.