Lift Working Families out of Poverty
ENDORSEMENTS FOR IDAHOANS FOR A FAIR WAGE
IDAHOANS NEED A RAISE!
Many Idahoans are struggling to make ends meet. They want to earn a living wage!
Idaho’s minimum wage is $7.25 / hr, last raised in 2009.
Idahoans for a Fair Wage is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the minimum wage in Idaho.
In order to capture the voices of Idahoans across the state, we need your help.
We’re back - ready to take action!
The Problem With Idaho's Minimum Wage:
Inflation has eroded the value of the minimum wage to less than $6.00 / hr from when it was set back in 2009. Prices for goods and services have grown over 20% since then.
Approximately 34% of working families in Idaho live on less than twice the poverty level wage ($12 / hr for a single person, no children or a family of 4 with both adults working).
We see record demand for food assistance. The Idaho Foodbank projects that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity.
COVID has disproportionally stressed families at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. Many are facing eviction, as soon as the federal moratorium ends. Government-provided COVID relief has been the only thing keeping many of these Idahoans afloat.
Meanwhile economic inequality is rampant. The stock market has soared to record setting heights while working class Idahoans struggle to provide for the basic necessities.
The Biden Administration has included a plan to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 as part of his proposed COVID relief and economic stimulus package.
During his first days in office, President Biden signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal employees and contractors to $15.
Idahoans for a Fair Wage will be watching closely as Congress deliberates on the proposed legislation. If it appears that Congress will not be able to pass legislation to raise the Federal Minimum wage, Idahoans for a Fair Wage will proceed to put an initiative on the ballot in November 2022.