Friday July 25, 2008
Contact: Patrick McLeod
Texas Democratic Candidate McClelland Calls For Living Wage On The Heels Of Minimum Wage Increase
LITTLE ELM: Thursday saw the latest increase in the federal minimum wage by $.70 per hour, from $5.85 to $6.55. Democratic nominee for State House District 64, John McClelland, called for Texas to do more to help the hard working people on the state.
“We have waited for over a decade for Congress to raise the minimum wage, and it will only reach $7.25 per hour by 2009,” McClelland said. “I call on the Texas Legislature to implement a $10 per hour “living wage” in the next legislative session. Hard working families making minimum wage have to work over 6 hours at $6.55 just to buy a tank of gas for their car. That is completely unacceptable in the 21st century. Is it any wonder why 22% of Texas children live in poverty? 37 states pay more than the federal minimum. Texas can do better.”
John McClelland is the Democratic nominee for Texas House District 64, which represents Denton, Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores, Oak Point, Lakewood Village, Lincoln Park, Paloma Creek South, Little Elm, and The Colony.