Last night, President Obama spoke out on the need to address rising inequality in America, in the past citing it as the "defining challenge of our generation".
In Wisconsin it is sorely needed, because we're going in the wrong direction.
Since Scott Walker has become Governor, inequality in Wisconsin has gone up statewide. By the official measure, the Gini Coefficient, which ranks inequality between 0 and 1 (with 1 being absolutely inequality), grew in Wisconsin from 43 to 44 between 2010 and now. While this change is gradual, it represents a growth in the wrong direction. Nor is it inevitable. Minnesota has worked to improve economic opportunity for the majority of its citizens, instead of for the higher income like in Wisconsin, and actually lowered their income inequality since 2010.
Wisconsin can address this issue. We can improve our economy to be one that works for all of us. It means creating jobs but also ensuring that jobs can support families, and that those that cannot get jobs in a broken economy are not left behind. Helping our neighbors is not just morally right, it's also smart economics.
Help us make sure Wisconsinites can work a job and pay the bills! Sign our petition to raise the minimum wage to $10.10