Petition: Raise the Minimum Wage in Texas
The state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour condemns hundreds of thousands of working people to poverty, costs taxpayers and shuts out business customers.
The minimum wage needs to rise significantly. Paying full-time workers a wage that keeps them mired in poverty is wrong and should not be the Texas way. When low-wage workers get a boost, the extra money flows to their communities in short order. Businesses benefit when more working people can afford their products and services.
It is high time for Texas to join 29 other states in raising the minimum wage above a federal level that has become a victim of congressional gridlock after decades of bipartisan support for a decent wage floor.
From: [Your Name]
We, the undersigned, support a substantial increase in the state minimum wage in Texas, which is currently at the inexcusable poverty level of $7.25 an hour.
We support related action to improve the wage floor for tipped workers, who can be paid as little as $2.13 an hour by employers, in minimum wage legislation.
A higher minimum wage is the law in 29 other states and the District of Columbia. It is time for the Texas Legislature to adopt a minimum wage that gives all full-time workers a fair shot at supporting a family.