Joe Biden’s was an understatement.
Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty he said.
Then he signed an executive order raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
When my state representative Will Guzzardi, Democrat and now Majority Whip, was the lead sponsor of the minimum wage bill in 2019, I wrote then that it was too small and too incremental a roll out.
Minimum-wage workers began seeing their increases in January 2020, when the minimum rate went from $8.25 to $9.25 before increasing to $10 on July 1, 2020, and $11 on Jan. 1 2021. After that, it will increase by $1 every January until it hits $15 in 2025.
That’s too damn slow.
But now that Trump has been defeated and we have new leadership in Springfield I’m asking Representative Guzzardi and the other Democrats in Springfield to revisit the minimum wage.
If $15 an hour is good enough for Joe Biden it should be good enough for Democrats in Springfield.