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Ball Releases Ad in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Press release from the Campaign for Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate; July 24, 2014:

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Wednesday, the Gordon Ball for US Senate Campaign launched its second statewide commercial called “Working for Tennessee.” The commercial will air daily in media markets throughout Tennessee. Ball supports raising the minimum wage because no one working full-time should be living in poverty.

“The problem with Lamar Alexander is the only job he is fighting for is his own. He’s so busy trying to win the conservative of the year award that he stopped fighting to keep Tennessee hospitals open, and he’s no longer working or fighting to make sure companies and jobs stay in Tennessee. We need leadership concerned with the next generation, not the next election.”

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Mancini Calls on Haslam to Support Minimum Wage Legislation

Press release from the Mary Mancini Campaign for State Senate District 21; June 4, 2014:

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.

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TN House Dist. 50 Challenger Says Automatic Minimum Wage Increases Would Kill Jobs

Press Release from Dave Rosenberg, Candidate for TN House District 50:

Rosenberg States Opposition to Plot to Wipe Out Jobs and Small Businesses

Nashville, TN – Tennessee House District 50 candidate Dave Rosenberg today announced his opposition to a bill introduced by opponent Rep. Gary Moore that calls for periodic automatic increases in Tennessee’s minimum wage.

“This bill is a disaster in waiting,” Rosenberg said. “Escalating Tennessee’s minimum wage above the federal level will hurt workers by sending jobs out of state and it will hurt local business owners by making it more difficult for them to grow their companies.”

Rosenberg noted that the bill, known in the recently ended House session as HB0838, will make the Tennessee minimum wage higher than all of Tennessee’s border states, guaranteeing job creators more bang for their buck in those eight states (and, in fact, 35 other states).

“Too often, our lawmakers seek political expediency over good governance. This is a stark example: a bill that sounds good but whose unintended consequences have been ignored. We all want higher wages—Tennesseans’ economy thrives when people have more money to spend—but unfortunately this bill will have the reverse effect and ultimately damage the people it is intended to help.”

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