“My mortgage, utilities, and groceries have all increased significantly, but wages have not kept up.”

Q: Your current job, industry/field?

A: My most recent job was working for the state of Nebraska for over a decade. I had to leave my job after being diagnosed with a rare illness, to take care of my aging mother and my family. Sadly, in the years I worked for the state, my salary went up to almost $3.00 an hour more than when I started.

Q: What challenges or obstacles have you or your family faced because of the current minimum wage/low wages at your work?
A: My mortgage, utilities, and groceries have all increased significantly, but wages have not kept up. There is no longer a way to save for retirement or even a rainy day because the wage earned has to be stretched so thinly throughout the month. If the furnace or car breaks down it can and has caused immediate crisis.

Q: How would a $15 minimum wage benefit you and/or your family? How could it have in the past?

A: For those who have had to take two or three or even four jobs to pay bills leaves little time left for family or any type of personal development. You are paying for the roof over your head and that is not a life. For the future, $15 increase would allow less dependency on social programs, pride, giving people family time back. $15 is just a start. Corporate greed needs to stop getting richer off the backs of those they look down upon. My hope is that in my lifetime the minimum wage catches up to the cost of living. 

Q: How would a $15 minimum wage benefit the community- friends, neighbors, coworkers, your town/city?
A: $15/hour is just a start, but in reality, it should be closer to $26/hour. The hourly minimum wage increase is a no brainer to me. For the community, neighbors, and the entire country.