Minimum Wage

Too many workers in this country are not paid a livable wage. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 must be raised so that workers are adequately compensated for their work.

I believe that the minimum wage should be set to automatically adjust by indexing it to a percentage of the prior year's average hourly wage. Too often the minimum wage falls too far behind, and Congress is unable to agree on a fix to raise the rate. My plan would guarantee that the minimum wage for the average worker would never fall too low. It would also become more predictable for businesses and the private sector, as there would be no sudden unpredictable increases from Congress. The minimum wage for tipped staff must also be addressed, as it remains at an unacceptably low level.