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Updated: June 16 Marks Longest Period Without Federal Minimum Wage Increase Since Law Enacted in 1938; Businesses Want Action

Contact: Caitlin McShane, (415) 225-8855, caitlin@emcstrategies.com
Bob Keener, (617) 610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

More than 800 business owners – and counting – nationwide have signed a statement supporting raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and are available for media interviews

June 16, 2019 – Sunday, June 16 marks the longest period that Americans have gone without an increase in the federal minimum wage since it was enacted in 1938. More than 800 business owners across the country—from mom and pop shops to regional chains and national brands—have signed a Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement supporting raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, which the congressional Raise the Wage Act would do. More business leaders continue to sign on every day—from those who already pay their employees $15 because they see the bottom-line benefits of doing so, to those who are paying less than $15 now but support raising the minimum wage because they know it will be good for businesses and the economy.

Maryland Business Leaders Applaud $15 Minimum Wage as Good for Business, Customers and State’s Economy

CONTACT: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org
Erin Musgrave, Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com

Annapolis, March 28, 2019 — Small business owners and business leaders across Maryland are applauding the final passage of a statewide minimum wage increase to $15. After a veto by Governor Hogan yesterday, both chambers of the General Assembly voted today to override the veto.

Maryland Business Leaders Testify Before Senate Committee in Support of $15 Minimum Wage

Say it will put more money in their customer’s pockets, increase employee productivity and retention, and is an investment in the state’s economic future

CONTACT:
Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org, or
Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com

Annapolis, February 21, 2019 — Maryland business leaders will provide testimony to the Senate Finance Committee at 1pm today, in support of gradually raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

Maryland Business Owners Testify Before House Committee in Support of $15 Minimum Wage

Say it will put more money in their customers' pockets, increase employee productivity and retention, and is an investment in the state’s economic future

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com

Annapolis, February 8, 2019— Maryland business owners will provide testimony before the House Economic Matters Committee today in support of gradually raising the state’s minimum wage to $15. 

Hundreds of Business Leaders Back $15 Federal Minimum Wage; Small Business Owner Testifies Before Congressional Hearing

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage launches new sign-on statement with more than 200 inaugural business supporters of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024

Contact:
 Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com

Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2019 — Business owner Kathy Eckhouse, owner of La Quercia in Iowa, will testify today in support of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Eckhouse is one of more than 200 inaugural signers of the new Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement supporting raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Business owners and executives from across the country continue to sign on daily.

Governor Joins Leading N.J. Manufacturer to Support $15 State Minimum Wage

CONTACT:
Conan Knoll, 831-524-6764, conan@emcstrategies.com

Parsippany, N.J., Dec. 11, 2018 – Gov. Phil Murphy today joined Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, the president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, maker of more than 200 ECOS® brand green cleaning products, at the company’s Parsippany manufacturing plant to support a $15 state minimum wage and demonstrate how the company’s investment in its employees is fundamental to its long-term business success.

Business Owners Across Missouri Applaud Passage of Prop B to Raise Minimum Wage

CONTACT:

Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com
Bob Keener, (617) 610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

More than 700 business owners in Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage coalition supporting Proposition B, the initiative to raise Missouri’s minimum wage

Nov. 6, 2018 —Missouri business owners celebrated tonight’s passage of Proposition B, the ballot initiative that will raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2023, because it will be good for businesses and the state economy.

Arkansas Business Owners Applaud Passage of Issue 5 to Raise the Minimum Wage

CONTACT:

Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, erin@emcstrategies.com
Bob Keener, (617) 610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

Nov. 6, 2018 —Arkansas business owners today celebrated the passage of Issue 5, the ballot initiative that will raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2021. Business owners say raising the minimum wage will help workers afford the basics, boost consumer spending, lower employee turnover, reduce hiring and training costs, increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction, and strengthen the economy.