July 3, 2014 Sioux City Journal Letter, “Raising the Minimum Wage is a Matter of Economic Justice”

LETTER: Raising minimum wage: ‘A matter of economic justice’

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

No one should work full-time but still struggle and live in poverty. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would help at least 300,000 citizens right here in Iowa, many of whom are raising children.

This year, the U.S. Senate race in Iowa offers a clear choice on the minimum wage: Bruce Braley has stated that he supports increasing the federal minimum wage and has fought for it while in Congress. Joni Ernst doesn’t believe that there should be a federal minimum wage at all. She has repeatedly said this in public statements which can be found on a You Tube video compiled by the Iowa Democratic Party.

Sixty-five percent of Iowans support raising the minimum wage. Bruce Braley supports an increased minimum wage so that hard-working Iowans can have a more secure financial future. Although I would love to have a woman from Iowa in Congress and end the status of Iowa as only one of four states which has never elected a woman (along with Vermont, Delaware and Mississippi), I cannot vote for Joni Ernst if she does not support raising the federal minimum wage. It is a deal-breaker for me.

If we want Congress to represent our views when they vote, we need to elect people who clearly share our views. If raising the minimum wage is important to you, then vote for Bruce Braley. It is a matter of economic justice. – Ruth Kocisko, Sioux Center, Iowa