Thursday, August 11, 2022

Play

A new report says Georgia should step up for mothers and infants, Oregon communities force a polluter to shut down, and we have an update on the FBI's probe of Trump allies, including Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.

Play

Inflation could be at a turning point, House members debate the expansion of the IRS, and former President Donald Trump invokes the Fifth Amendment in a deposition over his business practices.

Play

Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

Analysis: Mostly Women Workers Would Benefit from $12 Minimum Wage

Play

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Momentum is building to raise the federal minimum wage, and a new analysis shows working women in Indiana and other states would benefit the most. Last week, the Raise the Wage Act (S.1150) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. It would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020.

The Center for American Progress crunched the numbers, and its director of Women's Economic Policy, Sarah Jane Glynn, says they found 57 percent of those who would receive a raise are working women.

"Women are much more likely to be concentrated in low wage work than men," says Glynn. "Often times these are workers in industries that are heavily female-dominated, like the service industry, food service, retail, childcare, sectors like that."

Opponents of raising the minimum wage argue it would increase unemployment for lower-skilled workers but Glynn counters past increases have raised earnings and reduced poverty without leading to job losses.

Glynn adds, a person working full time at the current minimum wage would earn just over 15 thousand dollars a year, below the federal poverty line for a household with any number of children.

"These are adults, these are parents, these are people who are still having to rely on public benefits because they are below the poverty line even though they are working full-time," she says. "That really does highlight the fact we need to do something. This is an untenable situation."

Glynn says one-third of women workers who would be affected by the increase are mothers. Indiana's minimum wage is the same as the federal wage of $7.25 cents an hour.


get more stories like this via email

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…


Environment

A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …


The Inflation Reduction Act would cap the price of insulin at $35 a month for people on Medicare. (Sherry Young/Adobestock)

Health and Wellness

Health advocates are hailing the new Inflation Reduction Act, saying it would be the biggest health-care reform since the Affordable Care Act…

Social Issues

As parts of Southern California suffer with triple-digit temperatures, state lawmakers are set to vote today on two bills to study and mitigate heat …

Nearly half of Hispanic or Latina women of reproductive age in Georgia are uninsured. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

While abortion care is in the headlines, a new report says accessing other health-care services is a challenge for many women in Georgia. Data from …

Environment

Hunters, landowners and wildlife managers are gathering in Montana to discuss the need for novel approaches to elk management. The 2022 Elk …

Environment

Next week, North Dakota landowners will get a chance to hear updates on a proposed underground pipeline for transporting and sequestering carbon …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021