Boulder City Magazine® August 2006 Issue
by Senator Harry Reid
A Fair Minimum Wage For Boulder City Residents
At a time when health care, energy and education costs are on the rise, tens of thousands of Boulder City working families are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet off of a minimum wage income. For those working 40 hours a week, the minimum wage pays just $10,700 per year barely enough to cover average rent on an apartment in Nevada, much less gas, food, utilities and other family expenses.
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|It’s immoral that people can work hard and still not have enough money to provide the bare essentials for their family.
I believe Boulder City workers and all Nevadans deserve a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. That’s why I have vowed to block any increase in Congressional pay until lawmakers act to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. In the last nine years, Members of Congress have given themselves $31,600 in pay raises while failing to increase pay for minimum wage workers a single cent. This is unacceptable.
A fair increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. It’s been more than nine years since minimum wage workers last saw an increase in their wages.
A minimum wage increase will not hurt small businesses. The vast majority of small business owners agree that a minimum wage increase would not affect their business. Raising the minimum wage will make a significant difference in the lives of working families.
We can also fight this battle on a state level. This fall, Nevadans will have an opportunity to vote for a minimum wage increase that would benefit 56,000 hard-working men and women in the state and their families. The measure was passed with overwhelming support in the last election and must pass a second time before becoming Nevada law.
Raising the minimum wage is good for Boulder City families, businesses, and the economy.
In Washington, I will continue to do my part. Until there is a raise for minimum wage workers in Nevada and elsewhere across the country, there will be no raise for Congress.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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