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Raise the minimum wage to a living wage & save $7.6B

We need to raise the minimum wage. You cannot be against a raise in the minimum wage and for cutting government assistance, and still say that you are worried about the people living in poverty. The two are in direct conflict. If you do not insure that people are being paid a living wage then you are going to have people who rely on government assistance. It is that simple.

Raising the minimum wage would reduce government expenditures on current income-support programs by $7.6 billion per year--and possibly more. In Alabama, 45% of single parent families are living in poverty, there are 392,000 children receiving food stamps and 95,636 Alabama households are receiving federal rental assistance. Alabama is well above the national average in every one of these categories. Therefore, we would be among those who benefit the most, yet it is our current leaders who are the largest critics of this necessary reform. I would sponsor legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com , Jul 23, 2015

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