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Democrat Demands $50 Minimum Wage

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During a debate for a California U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Barbara Lee proposed raising the minimum wage to $50 an hour, arguing that in the Bay Area, a family of four needs at least $127,000 to barely get by.

She emphasized the importance of considering the affordability factor and suggested that while national minimum wages may be set at $20 or $25, California’s specific needs should be the focus when determining the wage.

“In the Bay Area, I believe it was the United Way that came out with a report that very recently $127,000 for a family of four is just barely enough to get by,” Lee said. “Another survey very recently: $104,000. For a family of one, barely enough to get by low income because of the affordability crisis.”

Her proposal would result in minimum wage workers earning over $100,000 per year.

“Just do the math! Just do the math!” Lee said. “Of course we have national minimum wages that we need to raise to a living raise.”

“You’re talking about 20, 25 dollars, fine, but I have got to be focused on what California needs and what the affordability factor is when we calculate this wage,” she said.

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