On October 9th, Mountain View City Council Raised the Wage to $10.30 and Set a Goal of $15 by 2018!
It will give businesses customers with more spending money.
It will grow the economy for everyone — and we can do it right now.
And bottom line, the majority of Americans agree…
Someone who works hard and plays by the rules deserves a fair wage!
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Politically Inspired Action Mountain View stands with the people of Mountain View in advocating for a raise in the minimum wage that will be indexed to the cost of living and begin in January of 2015. We believe that a full-time worker’s income should secure food, housing, education, health and child care, and transportation. No one who works should live in poverty.
Some people voice concerns that a raise in the wage could hurt the economy and small businesses. San Jose passed a higher minimum wage last year with tremendous success, putting many fears at bay and showing our community what is possible in Silicon Valley.
- The economy was stimulated by over 100 million being pumped into the economy
- The unemployment rate was reduced by almost 2 points (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries);
- The number of San Jose businesses grew by 9,000 (http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Reality-Check-Minimum-Wage-One-Year-Later-244821391.html);
- The number of downtown businesses grew by 3% in the past year, with the retail sector, which includes restaurants, increasing to 19% of all downtown businesses, up from 15% in 2012 (http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/sjos$pds.pdf);
- The number of minimum wage jobs expanded by 4,000, (http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/sjos$pds.pdf);
Average employee hours remained constant (36.9 hours in 2012 vs. 36.5 hours in 2013
Resources on Raising the Wage:
An abundance of research, stories, poll results, and question and answers is available at raisetheminimumwage.com. Please follow the below links to learn more.