Hoyos Calls for Increase in the Minimum Wage

(Knoxville, TN) – January 17, 2018 — Renee Hoyos, candidate for the Second Congressional District seat, is calling on Congress to take legislative action to increase the minimum wage.  “It has been a decade since Congress last acted to increase the minimum wage.  While the economy has strengthened, we hear time and time again that wages have not kept up with that pace.  It is time for Congress to act.”

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established, among other worker protections, the minimum wage.  It has increased significantly since that $0.25 floor.

Most recently the wage was increased to $7.25/hour in 2009.  This was the last of three incremental increases supported by President George W. Bush that pushed the wage up by $2.10 over a two-year period.

Much of the argument for the corporate tax reduction (14%) was based on putting more money in workers’ pockets – the so-called trickle down effect.  One of the best ways to ensure this impact is to increase the minimum wage.  Again, an increase could be implemented in two or three steps and could be calculated based on recent inflationary factors.

Tennessee does not have its own minimum wage laws.  So, our residents rely on the federal wage rate.  “Tennesseans are at the mercy of the federal government when it comes to base wages.  Surely our congressional delegation understands that and will act now.  For those arguing the tax cut package will provide more income for working class Americans, let’s help ensure those benefits lift up the lowest wage earners and let’s do it now,” added Hoyos.

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