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Contact:  David Smith
Raise the Wage Campaign
Kansas Action Network
1328 Stone Meadows Dr
Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone: 785-550-2530

Pro-Con on minimum wage

Wichita Eagle Editorial Dept. WE Blog, Aug 1 2009

Pro-con on minimum wage

minimumwagelogo2It would take $9.92 today to match the buying power of the minimum wage at its peak in 1968. In today’s dollars, the 1968 hourly minimum wage adds up to $20,634 a year working full time. The new federal minimum wage of $7.25 comes to just $15,080.

Victory for Raise the Wage Kansas

May 1 2009
"Let Justice Roll's state-level successes in 2006 convinced us that we could succeed in Kansas, too. And we hope that others, elsewhere, will draw similar conclusions from our success. It might seem, at first glance, that raising the Kansas minimum wage would have been unusually difficult in the current economic downturn. But actually, this may have helped us, since the needs of vulnerable and low-wage workers became clearer than ever. And raising the minimum wage is a form of economic stimulus." -- David Smith and Heidi Zeller, Kansas Action Network & Let Justice Roll.

Kansas will no longer have the nation's lowest state minimum wage -- a paltry $2.65 for two long decades -- thanks to the Raise the Wage Kansas campaign begun in 2007.

Minimum Wage OK'd

By John Hanna
The Topeka Capital Journal, Apr 24 2009

Rate to increase to $4.60 an hour

Starting next year, Kansas will no longer have the nation's lowest minimum wage.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill Thursday that will increase the wage from its present $2.65 an hour to $7.25. The change takes effect Jan. 1, after more than two decades of efforts by Sebelius' fellow Democrats, labor unions and advocates for the poor.

Most of the state's 1.5 million workers are covered by the federal minimum wage, which is $6.55 an hour and due to rise in July to $7.25.

Senate gives final approval to minimum wage hike

By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Journal World, Feb 19 2009
— The Kansas Senate Thursday gave final approval to a measure that would raise the state minimum wage from $2.65 per hour, which is the lowest of the 45 states that have a state minimum wage, to the federal minimum wage.

Supporters of the bill say it will help working Kansans, some of whom work at jobs exempt from the federal minimum, which is now $6.55 per hour ans is scheduled to increase to $7.25 per hour in July. 

You can help KC's poor children

Op-ed by Sister Berta Sailer
Kansas City Star, 1/3/09, Jan 3 2009
When I began working with poor children in Kansas City in 1967, the minimum wage was $1.40. We didn’t need a food pantry. There were no homeless children. All the children in our school in those days had an address and dinner every night.

Now we teach the children Operation Breakthrough’s address, 3039 Troost Ave., because so many of them have only temporary housing, though their mothers work every day.

Minimum wage rises to $6.55 in Kansas City, Kan.

By Mark Wiebe
Jul 25 2008

Wyandotte County’s Unified Government did Thursday what Kansas officials have for years refused to do: It raised the minimum wage.

The county’s Unified Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that boosted the minimum wage in Kansas City, Kan., to $6.55 an hour. The hike is the first of its kind for a city in Kansas, and it came as a federal law raising the minimum wage to the same amount also went into effect Thursday. Until now, the city has been under the state’s minimum wage of $2.65 an hour — the lowest among states that have minimum-wage laws.

Wyandotte County Commissioners vote to raise the minimum wage!

Kansas Action Network, Jul 24 2008
KCK becomes the first city in Kansas to raise the minimum wage above the state's lowest-in-the nation minimum wage of $2.65 an hour.

Today, the federal minimum wage rose to $6.55, nearly four dollars above the Kansas minimum wage of $2.65 an hour.  Fittingly, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County chose today as the occasion to raise the local minimum wage rate to the federal level. From today forward, workers in Kansas City, Kansas, will be guaranteed a minimum pay rate nearly two-and-a-half times as high as the state minimum wage.

Full-time workers deserve more than poverty-level income.

By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star, Jul 23 2008
When restaurants use chalkboard menus so they can change fast-rising prices easily, I understand why the nation’s lowest-wage workers need a raise.

When the young woman at the next pump is crying because her $10 budgeted for gasoline is not enough to get her to work and back this week, I see why the minimum wage isn’t a realistic, livable wage.

When I walk past nearly all the fresh fruit in the grocery store because it costs so much, I empathize with those who can’t afford fruit at all.

Time to raise wages

Letter to the Editor
By Tahira Schmidt
Topeka, KS
Capital-Journal, Jul 19 2008
I recently joined a group through Kansas Action Network that is campaigning to "Raise the Wage" in cities across Kansas, including Topeka.

Before I was a part of this group, there was a lot I didn't know about some of the hardest-working people in our city. I didn't realize there are people in our city who make $2.65 an hour - and these aren't all teenage waiters. I have learned that across the state there are more than 17,000 people who work for $2.65 an hour. These people include child care workers, caregivers for the elderly, farmers and even some truck drivers.
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