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Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Raising the Minimum Wage

Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Raising the Minimum Wage

A new poll, just released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP),  finds that 80 percent of Americans – including 62 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Independents – support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and indexing it to the cost of living, as proposed in the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) earlier this year. According to the poll, 74 percent of Americans consider raising the minimum wage to be an important legislative priority for Congress to address over the next year.

Sign this petition now to raise the minimum wage. Let’s tell Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which raises the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provides the first increase to tipped employees in more than 20 years. It also indexes  the minimum wage to the cost of living.  Raising the minimum wage would boost the economy by generating $30 billion in economic activity and create 140,000 new jobs over three years.