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Democratic Party: Don't die on the $15/h hill.

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The one thing that will directly help the working poor is the $15/h promise.

Few Rewards

Today, more people than ever are working in jobs that pay too little and offer too few benefits: nearly half the workforce earns under $15 an hour. This isn’t right, or inevitable. We should value and reward hard work.

Concentrations of low-wage workers by gender

Women represent less than half the workforce, but well over half of those earning under $15 an hour. Overall, 48.5 percent of working women (31.4 million) earn under $15 an hour; 35.2 percent (25.8 million) earn under $12 an hour.

Concentrations of low-wage workers by race/ethnicity

While the majority of low-wage workers are white, black and Hispanic workers are far more likely to be in low-wage jobs. Overall, more than half (53 percent, 8.2 million) of black workers and 60 percent (13.1 million) of Hispanic workers earn under $15 an hour. For black and Hispanic women, the numbers are even more dramatic.

Who is holding the sacrificial knife?

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the state’s former governor and the Democrats’ most conservative senator, has long opposed his party’s progressive wing and is on record saying he does not support increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour, the first increase since 2009. “I’m supportive of basically having something that’s responsible and reasonable,” he told the Hill. He has advocated for a rise to $11.

Bolding mine: That sounds exactly like what a republican would say.

We can’t create so many wealthy people, $30k a year, dear god, just too much.

Fail on this promise and the mid-terms will be a bloodbath.

Don’t blame Republicans for this one.

This is a warning.

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