Increase the minimum wage

Government by the People supports initiatives to increase the minimum wage through simply increasing the minimum wage in a state, or through legislation allowing local governments to set a minimum wage that is higher than the state or federal minimum wage.

Polling on the minimum wage:

According to a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 75 percent of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $12.50 by 2020. The breakdown by party was 92% of Democrats. 73% of Independents, and 53% of Republicans. Public support was higher for a minimum wage increase to $12.50 than for a more modest increase to $11.00 (75% to 71%, respectively).

Eliminating the sub-minimum wage that the restaurant industry is allowed to pay tipped workers – currently set at just two dollars and thirteen cents per hour – and instead require all employers to directly pay their workers at least the regular minimum wage was supported by 64% of voters, with 21% opposed and 14% neutral. This included 78% of Democratic voters, with 8% opposed and 12% neutral; 49% of independent voters, with 33% opposed and 16% neutral; and 57% of Republican voters, with 29% opposed and 14% neutral. (From a poll by GBA Strategies.)

A poll conducted on behalf of the National Restaurant Association found that 71 percent of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to at least $10, “even if it also increases the cost of food and service to customers.” Twenty-nine percent said they would prefer to keep the minimum wage the same, “even if the average food service employee can’t make ends meet.” The National Restaurant Association was reportedly not happy with the results of the poll they commissioned.