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Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA


Raise the Minimum Wage to a Living Wage

Sep 4, 2017



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September 4, 2017 

Dear Friend,

At first glance, Hoosier workers have a lot to celebrate this Labor Day. Unemployment is at a near record low. And, the state has the seventh lowest jobless rate in the country.

However, underneath the surface, many in Indiana aren’t celebrating. Hoosiers continue to earn just 88 cents for every dollar the average American earns, not to mention, the state's minimum wage has been stuck at a meagre $7.25 an hour since 2009.

Congressman Carson recently co-sponsored legislation to incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. It's time to give working people a long overdue boost.


Hoosier workers deserve a raise. It has been 10 years since Congress last passed legislation to increase the minimum wage, and the value of the minimum wage has declined significantly over time. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost over 30 percent of its purchasing power due to inflation, meaning you can buy less with every paycheck. That's why the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has many families stuck in poverty. In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation and average labor productivity since 1968, it would be more than $26 an hour today. 

That’s why I am an original co-sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act in Congress. This legislation will raise the minimum wage nationwide incrementally from its current level of $7.25 to $15.00 an hour by 2024. It will also tie future increases to the median wage to ensure it keeps pace with other workers. Additionally, this bill will also gradually eliminate loopholes that allow millions of workers to be paid substantially less than the federal minimum wage.

This Labor Day, let’s remember that all working people deserve a livable wage.

Your Friend,


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