The Raise the Wage Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019, proposes a national $15 minimum wage to be fully implemented in 2025. This paper looks at the cost of five public safety net programs for families of workers who would receive a direct wage increase under this bill. We find that close to half of these families (47%) are enrolled in at least one program, at an annual cost of $107 billion.
Jenifer coordinates the production of Labor Center books and reports. She also authored Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference? and co-authored (with Laurel Lucia) Economic Impacts of Early Care and Education in California. She joined the Labor Center staff in 2003; prior to that she worked at non-profit advocacy, training, and educational organizations in New York City and North Carolina. A native of Connecticut, she received her master’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This data brief estimates the public cost to Georgia and the federal government from the use of safety net programs by low-wage working families who would be directly affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. We find that just over half of these Georgia families (51%) are enrolled in at least one safety net program, at an annual cost of $4.7 billion.
Perhaps the most important effect of a strong labor movement is the countervailing force it poses to the corporate sector in the political and public policy arenas. This effect is clearly visible in California. With the support and backing of labor, California has passed ambitious laws promoting the rights of workers—union and nonunion alike—as well as policies advancing the common good broadly.
Article published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, spring 2016 issue of Communities & Banking Introduction. Stagnating wages are causing many working families to end up on public assistance.…