Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown
Goal: Support the $13 an hour minimum wage increase in California.
The California State minimum wage could be raised to $13 an hour by 2017 thanks to a bill the state Senate approved after it was crafted by Senator Mark Leno. Senator Leno made the bill because he grew concerned about the impoverished people living on minimum wage and still seeking public assistance in California. Sign this petition and support the minimum wage increase, as this will give workers more buying power and help lift them out of poverty.
California recently approved a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour by 2016, and it’s been met with mostly positive support. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are at least 38 million residents in California who live in poverty. These people are forced to seek public assistance because their current wages do not meet their needs. Currently, a minimum wage worker at full time brings home $18,000 after taxes. This is not enough money to support a four-member family, according to Senator Leno.
In 2014, Senator Leno tried to gain support for this same bill and lost. However, he is not the only one who has passed similar laws. The city of Los Angeles intends to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. San Francisco also will raise minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.
The bill will go on the state assembly where it will be considered for approval. If you believe that minimum wage should be increased so it will help the millions in poverty, please sign this petition. Tell Governor Jerry Brown that you believe that those who work minimum wage should have enough money to provide for living expenses.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
Senator Mark Leno introduced a bill that would raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017. This momentous legislation will lift 34 million people out of poverty, especially those who have families. Opponents of this bill believe that raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy or force companies to lay off employees. This is not the case, according to research conducted by the United States Department of Labor. If anything, the Department of Labor believes that raising the minimum wage will greatly benefit those who are working in such jobs.
I implore you to support this legislation. There are many people who are making minimum wage that are suffering tremendously. While many people believe that minimum wage is for teenagers, this is not the case. Many such workers are in their twenties and are female, according to the Department of Labor. Please approve this bill, as there are already cities in California raising their minimum wage.
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