We Need to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage!

One of the keys to a successful economy is the ability for the lower and middle class to be able to save money and take vacations. However, in our society, today, the ability for this is not just unlikely, but almost impossible. Very few middle and lower class people or families are able to save even 20% of each pay check for vacations and retirement.

One of the many reasons I will be looking to increase the federal minimum wage is because it will prevent companies from shifting to different states in order to avoid higher wages, this is also why I will be trying to end tax loopholes preventing companies from shifting to different states simply to avoid taxes. The stability that these two moves will bring is something that hasn't been done since Reagan took office.

Looking at these two graphics you can see that our nation is not caring for it's people. With only 8 states in the nation requiring less than a 60 hour work week to afford a 1 bedroom apartment, and the majority of the states requiring 60-78 hours it seems most of the states want people working almost double a full time schedule! On top of that, there are 20 states that have a lower minimum wage than the national minimum wage which currently sits at $7.25 and has sat there since 2009 where it got it's last bump for $0.70 and the same bump the year before that. In fact the reason the federal minimum wage hasnt gone up is because of the recession. But the FED wants to increase interest rates as if the economy has recovered.

For too long our people have carried the burden of wall street recklessness. For too long our people have subsidized companies that dont pay their workers a living wage causing them to have to rely on social systems. For too long we have tried Reagan's trickle down economics and have NEVER seen it work. The experiment is done, and over. It is time to return to a system that has been proven to work, taxing the 1% and multi million dollar corporations over 50% and not allowing them to use any loopholes to avoid it.

We the people are the nation, not the big money interests that have paid and corrupted many of our representatives! This campaign is being run by the people. I am accepting no big money contributors, and all donations will and are coming from real every day working class people to whom I wish to serve. Support the campaign, fight for a living wage and fair representation in our government!

Mel Choyceminimum wage