Jamie Raskin on Jobs



Low minimum wage causes wealth inequality

Increasing Economic Opportunity and Uplifting Wages and Benefits for all Americans: "While our nation has experienced dramatic productivity growth over the last four decades," Jamie says, "wages and benefits for working families have remained stagnant. The result is the greatest wealth and income inequality America has ever seen." Jamie wants to go to Congress to close the gap: "It erodes the conditions for real democracy when CEOs are making hundreds of times what workers are making and simultaneously have the power to dominate our politics. I will be a leader for the 99% in Congress because the billionaires and CEOs already have all the lobbyists they need."

Jamie wants to increase the minimum wage and will fight for a true living wage for all American workers. Jamie worked to build unanimous support for an increase of Maryland's minimum wage, and he'll bring that same conviction to Washington to fight for improved wages, benefits and labor standards for all working Americans.?

Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com , Nov 8, 2016

Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018

Legislative Summary: Incrementally increasing the State minimum wage rate to $10.10 beginning July 1, 2018; authorizing specified employers to pay employees under the age of 20 years a specified wage under specified circumstances; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to increase reimbursement of community providers serving individuals with developmental disabilities; requiring the Governor, in specified fiscal years, to include in a specified budget proposal specified funding increases.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 34-13-0 on April 5; Sen. Jamie Raskin voted YEA; passed House 87-47-7 on April 7; signed by Gov. Hogan on May 5.

Source: Maryland legislative voting records: HB 295 , Apr 5, 2014

Raise minimum wage to 15% above poverty level.

Raskin co-sponsored H.R.122

Congressional Summary:

  1. The federal minimum wage should be adjusted every four years so that a person working for it may earn, as a minimum, an annual income at least 15% higher than the federal poverty threshold for a family of four;
  2. it should be set at a level high enough to allow two full-time minimum wage workers to earn an income above the national housing wage; and
  3. Congress, or any local or state government, may establish a higher minimum wage.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Time magazine, 9/5/13): The Washington DC council sent a bill to the mayor's desk that would require large retailers like Walmart and Target to pay its workers a "living wage" of $12.50 per hour--significantly higher than the District's $8.25 per hour minimum wage. Here are common misunderstandings about the DC bill and minimum wage laws in general: