Friends Meeting supports the,
“Let Justice Roll Campaign,”
in support of Senator Kennedy’s Federal legislation entitled,
“2005 Fair Minimum Wage Act.”
September 18, 2005
In these times when our country has widespread pockets
of poverty, Agate Passage Friends Meeting supports the National
Council of Churches “Let Justice Roll” campaign which is working to
raise the Minimum Wage in the U.S.
We suggest that an index of the cost of living in
each area of the U.S. be established and that the minimum wage in that
area be at least $8.00/per hour and that in some areas where the cost
of living is higher it be adjusted to be higher. A bill pending in
the U.S. Senate, called the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2005, would help
correct some of the inequities between the rich and poor.
The recent hurricanes in the Gulf have highlighted
poverty in that area, but we need to let our Congress persons know we
hope they will focus on poverty* everywhere in the U.S.
*Regarding the index of poverty..............
The federal agency in charge of this topic is HHS
(health and human services). Their 2005 poverty guidelines are
# of people $ amt for 48 Alaska
in household states
2 12,830 16,030
3 16,090 20,110
5 22,610 28,270
6 25,870 32,350
Compare and contrast these figures above with actual
earnings for someone working full-time, 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a
At a rate of $5.50/hr (current federal min.
wage) = 11,440/year
$6.50/hr = 13,520/yr
$7.50/hr = 15,600/yr
So the problem is quite simple: if you are a single
head of household earning one dollar more than the minimum wage and
have two kids, you will be earning $13,520/yr but will need a minimum
(and Seattle area will be closer to Hawaii's cost of living) of
$16,090 to arrive at the lowly status of federal definition of
poverty! Subtract transportation and child care costs and the gap
between earnings and poverty level increases dramatically!