Target: Nevada State Senator Joe Hardy
Goal: Don’t reduce the existing voter-approved state minimum wage.
Nevada workers could be forced to make ends meet on the meager Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour if legislation introduced by State Senator Joe Hardy becomes law. Minimum wages need to go up, not down. Demand that Senator Hardy abandon his regressive anti-worker proposal at once.
Nevada voters approved a state constitutional amendment setting the minimum wage at $8.25 an hour in 2006. Senator Hardy apparently does not agree with this. His newly introduced legislation would repeal that amendment and give the state legislature exclusive control for setting the state’s minimum wage, returning Nevada’s minimum wage to the federal government’s mandatory $7.25 an hour.
This is the entirely wrong direction wages need to be going in Nevada. If minimum wages were forced to keep up with inflation, they would be at least $10 an hour, and if they were forced to keep up with worker productivity levels, they would be over $20 an hour. Nevada’s existing $8.25 minimum wage is certainly not the best, but it is better for workers than $7.25.
While voting down Senator Hardy’s proposal seems like a no-brainer, Republicans control both the state legislature and the governor’s mansion. The risk for its passage into law is consequently exceedingly high in this conservative state. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Hardy rescind his bill from consideration so that it can never hurt Nevada’s workers.
Dear Senator Hardy,
I am writing you today regarding SJR 6, the legislation you recently introduced to repeal your state’s existing voter-approved minimum wage. This proposal is regressive and will unquestionably hurt Nevada’s workers.
Minimum wages around the country and in your state need to be raised, not lowered. They have not kept up with inflation and the increasing rates of productivity in our economy, and as a result, have left workers behind and underpaid. Making ends meet on your state’s $8.25 an hour is impossible enough—decreasing that already meager rate down to $7.25 does not make eking out a living any easier.
Besides this, your bill is also profoundly undemocratic. The citizens of your state spoke and decided to make the minimum wage $8.25 an hour. By repealing the amendment that they voted into your state’s constitution, you are effectively removing their right to govern their own state.
Your proposal is a net negative and can only hurt your state, not help it. I demand that you rescind SJR 6 from consideration so that it can never become law.
[Your Name Here]
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