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Guest Voz: The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color
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Guest Voz: The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color

Vanessa Cárdenas on the benefits of raising the minimum wage for people of color.

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  • Vanessa Cárdenas

How much does a full-time worker earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour make in one year?

This worker earns only $15,080, which is $4,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Most people would agree that this is not a livable salary anywhere in the nation, especially for families with children. Raising the minimum wage would make a significant difference for all Americans — and people of color in particular; it would increase the total combined wages of people of color by $16.1 billion.

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Vanessa Cárdenas

Vice President, Progress 2050