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Opinion: Increasing The Minimum Wage Is A Huge Plus For Latinos
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Opinion: Increasing The Minimum Wage Is A Huge Plus For Latinos

Vanessa Cárdenas on the benefits of raising the minimum wage for Latinos.

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  • Vanessa Cárdenas

This Wednesday, the U.S. Senate intends to vote on the “Minimum Wage Fairness Act”, a bill which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25 per hour since 2009, which has resulted in millions of Americans struggling in poverty despite holding full-time employment, and relying on benefits like SNAP to sustain themselves and their families.

If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation between 1968 and today, the minimum wage would be over $10.50. It is no surprise that every community would benefit from an increase of the minimum wage, but people of color, and in particular Latinos, stand to benefit the most.

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Vanessa Cárdenas

Vice President, Progress 2050