Nashville, Tenn. (June 4, 2014) – Mary Mancini, Democratic candidate for state senate, has called on Governor Bill Haslam to support legislation to address rising income inequality by raising the minimum wage.
“Raising the minimum wage will help over 100,000 hard working Tennesseans,” says Mancini, “and no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.” In recent remarks Governor Haslam said that rising income inequality was a problem for both political parties. “If the Governor is serious about addressing the income gap, supporting the creation of a state minimum wage is a great place to start.”
Tennesse is one of only five states without a minimum wage law. Approximately 117,000 Tennesseans, or 7.4% of the workforce, earn just $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum. A study from the National Women’s Law Center shows women make up about two-thirds of those earning minimum wage or less and that raising the minimum wage would also help close the wage gap between men and women.
Mancini calls for setting Tennessee’s minimum wage at $10.10 an hour noting, “An increase of over 30% in the minimum wage would make a real difference in the lives of Tennesseans across our state. I look forward to working with other state senators to pass this important legislation which will help so many, while also addressing the issue of pay equity.”
For more information, contact Kris Murphy at 615.290.0370 or visit www.maryforsenate. Mary Mancini is a candidate for senate in district 21, former small business owner and is endorsed by SEIU Local 205. United Campus Workers, Democracy for America, Women’s Campaign Fund, Progressive Majority and Women for Tennessee’s Future.