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Rep. Pocan Joins Effort to Force Vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act

Feb 27, 2014
Press Release
Bill would Raise Pay for more than 500,000 Wisconsinites, Generate $500 Million in Economic Activity in Our State

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) took action today to force an up-or-down vote on legislation which would give 24.5 million Americans, including more than 500,000 Wisconsinites, a pay raise and lift approximately 900,000 people out of poverty. Pocan joined his colleagues in signing a discharge petition to bring up the Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010). The bill increases the minimum wage over three years from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, indexes future annual increases to inflation thereafter, and gradually increases the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the minimum wage.

“The minimum wage is woefully inadequate to help keep hard-working people out of poverty,” Pocan said. “When millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules cannot support themselves or their families, when they live in poverty, we face an economic crisis. That’s why we must raise the minimum wage, which would give 24.5 million Americans and more than 500,000 hard-working Wisconsinites a pay raise and generate $500 million in increased economic activity in our state alone.”

The current minimum wage of $7.25 pays only $14,500 per year, so this increase would lift approximately 900,000 Americans out of poverty. This is critical to those working hard to support their families.  A majority of minimum wage workers are women and the average worker who would get this raise is 35 years old. In 1968, the minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, was the equivalent of $10.74.