Who Pays for Low Wages?

RaiseTheMinimumWageA.png[Most recent updates: progressivemass.com/raiseuprecap; main page: progressivemass.com/raiseup
UPDATE 11/19/2013: recap of Senate's vote, and what's next, here]

Today the Massachusetts Senate will debate raising the state's minimum wage. Proponents of low wages and the cheap labor it provides will undoubtedly argue that raising the minimum wage would be a blow to business. But they probably won't talk about how low wages create an economic underclass that has to be subsidized and sustained by all the rest of us -- shifting labor costs away from the employER and onto the taxpayers. 

ThinkProgress outlines how it works, on the national level: "Due to low wages and few benefits, Walmart workers at a single 300-person Supercenter store rely on anywhere from $904,542 to $1,744,590 in public benefits per year, costing taxpayers"

It's become quite fashionable in the Legislature to blame the poor for, well, it seems like everything. "WORKING poor" should not be a thing. If the Massachusetts Legislature raises the minimum wage, ties increases to inflation and includes tipped wages in the increases, they may just be doing one of the most important things in years to actually decrease economic inequality in Massachusetts and greatly help Massachusetts families. 

The Senate is debating the minimum wage today. Tune in this afternoon, and let your legislators know your support to increase the minimum wage for all workers, with automatic increases tied to inflation. 

WATCH SENATE DEBATE and CONTACT INFO FOR YOUR SENATOR, HERE: http://progma.us/maleg

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