Where is Rep. Joe Courtney on the minimum wage debate?
If the 1968 federal minimum wage grew with inflation, it would be $10.67 today. If it grew with worker productivity, it would be $22. If it grew with the incomes of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, it would be $33. Yet 45 years later it is a miserly $7.25. While Forbes 100 CEOs get more in an hour of work than the average low-wage worker does in a year, Congress shouldn't allow 30 million Americans to make less today than low-wage workers did 45 years ago.
Congressman Alan Grayson (Fla.) introduced H.R. 1346, the "Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013," to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour and index it to inflation. This would provide a big economic stimulus with no government spending. Rep. Courtney has yet to co-sponsor or support this bill.
Recently, hundreds of Second District citizens signed a petition summoning Courtney to hold a town hall meeting on H.R. 1346. We haven't heard from Courtney. As his constituents please insist that he respect us and hold the town hall meeting in September. Contact: 2348 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-2076, email: https://courtney.house.gov/email-joe1; Norwich office: 860-886-0139.