Democratic Lieutenant Gov. candidate Connie Stokes spoke to a large crowd at the “Give America a Raise” bus tour on April 30 in Atlanta about the need to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
Stokes says raising the minimum wage will stimulate the economy.
“I support raising the minimum wage because increasing the minimum wage would immediately put more money in the pocket of workers. Workers will then spend the money on things like housing, food, and transportation,” said Stokes. “This boost in demand for goods and services will help boost the economy and create opportunities for all Americans.”
State Sen. Steve Henson, State Rep. David Wilkerson and GA AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming joined Stokes at the Atlanta stop. The “Raise to 1010” bus is on a 20-state tour and calls on Republicans in Congress to raise the minimum wage.
Stokes says increasing the minimum wage could lead to more jobs as well.
“With increased wages, workers will buy more goods and services for those goods from businesses that are both large and small, will need to hire more workers to keep up with the increased demand,” Stokes said.
The bus tour kicked off in Maine on March 24. The bus, a 45-foot-long, 16-ton anti-poverty billboard on wheels travels to several states and features local lawmakers, labor leaders, advocates and low-wage workers speaking out on the subject.