Urge California to Increase Minimum Wage

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Target:  Leaders of the California State Senate

Goal:  Increase California’s minimum wage to a livable amount

The California state assembly has just approved a bill to increase the state minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9.25 an hour over the next three years.  The bill would also require that the minimum wage be adjusted for inflation in the future.  Now before the Senate for consideration, this bill would improve the lives and livelihoods of Californian workers and families if passed.

California is a beautiful and productive state, and many people from all over the nation and the world dream of moving here to share in the California dream.  But our desirability as a destination has resulted in a higher cost of living than the national average.  While our cost of living has increased each year, our minimum wage has remained the same since 2008.  Our state’s hardest-working and least-paid workers have since then faced a nearly ten percent increase in the cost of living.

As Assemblyman Luis Alejo, (D-Salinas) stated when he introduced this bill to the Assembly: “The last time the minimum wage was increased, gas was $3.25 a gallon in California,” Alejo said. “I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen gas prices at that level in a long time.”  Californians need livable wages in order to provide for themselves and their families.  Higher wages will mean more spending and investment by Californian workers, more income for retailers and local business, and more revenue for the state through sales and income taxes.  Please urge the leaders of the state Senate to pass this bill!

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the California State Senate,

Last week, your colleagues in the Assembly passed a bill that would increase the state minimum wage and provide for future increases based on inflation.  The bill would greatly improve the lives and livelihoods our state’s workers and their families.  I ask that you and your colleagues in the California Senate also pass this bill so that it might become law.

We live in a wonderful state.  California is the destination for people from across the country and the world seeking to fulfill their dreams, but our high cost of living makes fulfilling those dreams difficult, especially for those earning minimum wage.  Our state’s minimum wage has not changed in over five years, while the consumer price index for out state has risen with each year.  For the many workers and families earning minimum wage, it is not enough.

The bill before you would increase the minimum wage to $9.25 over three years, and provide for future increases based on inflation.  Increased earnings would benefit our state.  It would increase the take-home pay of minimum wage workers, reducing their need for strained public benefits and increasing their ability to spend and invest in our economy.  It would also increase the incomes of local businesses and add to state revenues through increased sales, income, and gas tax receipts.  I urge you to help Californian workers and families by voting yes for minimum wage increase.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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