MEDIA RELEASE: Raising Wages NC Statement on $15 Minimum Wage for State Employees In Proposed Budget

RALEIGH (May 29, 2018) — The proposed $15 an hour minimum wage for state employees is a great first step for helping North Carolina’s working families earn enough to afford the basics. The General Assembly should be congratulated for acknowledging that working families need a living wage and recognizing that $15 an hour is the right ballpark for what it takes to make ends meet in North Carolina.

The Raising Wages coalition agrees with these principles and hopes the General Assembly will finish the job and enact a $15 minimum wage for ALL of North Carolina’s employees in state government, local government, and private businesses. If $15 an hour is necessary for state employees to live, then it’s necessary for private sector workers, too.

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Richard Lindayen