Share

Policy: Labor

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez: Raising minimum wage is 'moral and economic imperative'

By |
Beltway Confidential,Sean Higgins,Labor,Analysis,Thomas Perez,Minimum Wage

In a posting on the Labor Department’s website, newly-appointed Secretary Thomas Perez made the administration’s case for a minimum wage increase:

We are fighting for an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. It is a moral and economic imperative that we raise the federal minimum wage. People who work full-time in America shouldn’t live in poverty.

On Labor Day, we reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known. To meet the challenges ahead, we must draw inspiration from their stories. We must emulate their strength and resilience. We must summon their dignity and courage.

As the first secretary of the department’s second century, I have every confidence that, powered by the talent and determination of our workers, we will create more opportunity in the years ahead.

Thank you, and best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous Labor Day.

Washington Examiner columnists David Freddoso and Philip Klein made the case for why this is actually a bad time to raise the minimum wage here and here, respectively.

As the Examiner noted Saturday, Perez’s Labor Day gave an misleadingly rosy picture of the jobs situation under President Obama.

View article comments Leave a comment