|Thanks to teacher, US Marines combat veteran and Democratic State Senate candidate Atif Qarni for the following issue statement on the importance of raising the minimum wage in Virginia. This is the first in a series of issue statements that you'll be seeing here in coming weeks from Atif Qarni, on a wide variety of issues, demonstrating why he's a great choice for Democrats in the 29th district (Manassas/Woodbridge), and also why I'm strongly supporting his candidacy!|
Twenty-two years ago, I held my first job at Pizza Bolis. I made minimum wage, earning just $4.25 an hour. In the twenty-two years since, our minimum wage has only gone up by a rate of 14 cents per year. We have seen deliberate campaigns at the federal and state level to keep minimum wages low, and Virginians have paid the price.I want to make this campaign about more than a Senate seat. This is a campaign to push Virginia to make the progress that should be expected of a state that boasts booming industries and political power. I teach GED students that struggle to make ends meet because the minimum wage is too low, and they haven't been afforded the opportunities many of us have. I believe is time we immediately raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and implement a plan to raise it to $15 over the next 6 years. It is time to take strong action. There are three key reasons for this:
State Senate Candidate Atif Qarni: "It's Time Virginians Got A Raise!"
Friday, March 13, 2015
Posted by Lowell at 2:53 PM