Local Leaders Urge Congressman Paul Ryan to support economy boosting jobs
Today Racine and Kenosha area residents and leaders held a media event urging support for a $10.10 minimum wage. They encouraged Congressman Paul Ryan to support a minimum wage increase to give a boost to the area economy. The event outside Congressman Ryan's office, is especially timely as Paul Ryan has been getting national attention over his most recent poverty plan, In addition, over half of Congressman Ryan’s district will see a minimum wage referendum in November Election.
"Reducing the number of people on poverty programs is not the same as reducing poverty, stated Representative Cory Mason. "But if Congressman Ryan is seriously about reducing the number of those in poverty there is no better plan for doing so than supporting a $10.10 minimum wage"
Rep. Cory Mason speaks outside Congressman Ryan's office today
A full time wage of $10.10 an hour would put $114 more per week in the pockets of local workers and consumers. Participants showcased this additional weekly purchasing power with $114 worth of groceries.
Racine and Kenosha residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the minimum wage debate this fall. The counties of Rock, Kenosha, Milwaukee and the City of Racine are holding referendums on raising the minimum wage in November.
In addition to Rep. Mason other speakers included, Racine City Council President Raymond DeHahn, Kenosha County Board member Michael Goebel, and Tammy Hayward, President of Racine Interfaith Coalition
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