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For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Statement from Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava on starting minimum wage challenge: from awareness to change

“Today, I begin the minimum wage challenge with other elected officials throughout the state. For five days, I will have just $85 to spend on food, transit and daily expenses. While I volunteered to take on this challenge, minimum wage workers in Miami-Dade County do not have this choice. Their challenge does not end after five days and more often than not, they must make heartbreaking decisions in order to survive. Sometimes, this means foregoing necessities such as healthcare just to put food on the table for their families. Our community is one of the most economically unequal in the country. Miami-Dade’s cost of living continues to increase rapidly, while wages remain stagnant. Raising wages is a win-win for workers and the economy and paying living wages will help create a more just and equitable community. That’s why I stand with raising the wage: because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.”

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