The national poverty level for an individual in 2015 was $11,770 per year. The level for a married couple was $15,930 and a family of 4 was $24,250. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour or an annual income of $15,080 based on a 40-hour work week.
Surprisingly to me I have discovered that Tennessee does not have a minimum wage law. I stated many times that I want the Government to work for me. I also stated that I want to be treated as a citizen and not a customer. It is time to focus on the working class and not the millionaires and billionaires!
At the current minimum wage, I don’t feel that a person can have self-respect making $7.25 an hour, and it would be difficult to own a dependable car, pay rent, and raise a family. It’s demoralizing and it encourages people to seek alternative ways of survival. It is clearly apparent that the $7.25 minimum wage was set by corporate and company influences. Tennesseans deserve nothing less than a living wage.
I encourage you to stand with me to raise the national minimum wage. I am going to stick my neck out and say that we should target $15.00 per hour.
I will propose to raise the national minimum wage gradually in order to lessen the impact on employers yet improve the quality of life of employees through enhanced income.