LANSING – State Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Hoon Yung-Hopgood (D-Taylor) recently took the minimum wage challenge of trying to buy groceries for an entire week on just $42. The effort comes as the movement to increase the minimum wage in Michigan and nationally grows, with President Barack Obama expected to discuss it at a visit to Michigan tomorrow.
“Everyday minimum wage earners face the difficult choices of what food they can afford and will there be enough,” said Ananich. “Anyone who works hard should not be forced to struggle with poverty, no matter where they live or what job they hold.”
Just last week the Senators forced a vote in the Michigan State Senate on SR 112, which calls on Congress to act on a proposal to increase the minimum wage and index it to the CPI. It failed along party lines.
“Raising the minimum wage is good for our families and good for our economy,” said Hopgood. “Allowing people to earn more means more can be spent in our local businesses, which helps create jobs.”
The activities also come in advance of next week’s planned “National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America.” The Progressive States Network and other organizations are conducting numerous events April 7-14 to call on policymakers to move forward on issues that benefit the middle class, including increasing the minimum wage, paid sick days, and greater economic security. You can find out more at www.progressivestates.org/weekofaction.
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