3. Increased Wages for the 99 Percent
Reducing income inequality is one of the central tenets of the Clinton campaign. The gap between the richest and poorest Americans is wider than the gap in any other democracy in the developed world, according to U.S. News & World Report.
“Corporate profits are at near record highs, and Americans are working as hard as ever, but paychecks have barely budged in real terms,” Clinton said in a July 2015 speech. “Families today are stretched in so many directions, and so are their budgets.”
Clinton supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour. Despite minimum wage hikes by many state and local governments, and by high-profile employers like Walmart and Target, the federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25 per hour, the same rate it has been at since 2009. Many advocates of a higher minimum wage, including Clinton competitor Bernie Sanders, want a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour nationwide.
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Even moving the minimum wage to $12 would raise wages for one in four U.S. workers, according to Amy Traub, a senior policy analyst with public policy organization Demos. “That’s a big segment of the workforce, and it would make a big difference for a lot of people,” she said. “It would be really good for consumers’ wallets.”
Clinton also backed President Obama’s expansion of overtime rules to more workers. Starting in 2016, that plan extended overtime protection to nearly 5 million workers, covering salaried workers who make up to $50,400.
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