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Blog: Day #97 - A Living Wage is Critical to the Rebuilding of a Vibrant Middle Class


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100 Reasons, Day #97 -- A Living Wage is Critical to the Rebuilding of a Vibrant Middle Class

Too many hard working North Carolinians -- some of them holding multiple jobs to try and make ends meet -- do not earn a living wage. A living wage is essential to covering basic needs of American families. It is also a necessary element in a path toward upward mobility and critical to the rebuilding of a vibrant middle class.

I am very sensitive to this issue as I grew up in a family struggling to make ends meet, but with enough resources to meet minimal needs. With their encouragement and higher public education scholarships and other financial aid, I was able to forge a successful path to upward mobility that provided to the middle class and financial security. And even as a young child, I was privileged compared to some of today's children In District 13 was who go to bed hungry because their families lack the minimal resources to meet basic needs. As citizens of the one of the world's richest counties, we can do better.

I will fight for living wages that meet basic human needs and will consider other legislation that addresses unmet needs in working families. I will do so while collaborating with fellow representatives on long-term solutions that lift Americans out of poverty and rebuild a vibrant middle class in the process. George Holding rejected an opportunity to co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act and voted against an amendment that would have slowly increased the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next two years. Additionally, he voted against the Farm Bill which contained provisions for nutritional assistance for low income families.

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