Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Right Wing Rips Barbara Lee Advocating for $26 Minimum Wage

Rep. Barbara Lee
CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | During an exchange last week on CNN's Crossfire, Rep. Barbara said she would support a $26 minimum wage in California . No such proposal exists in California, although some Bay Area cities have discussed raising local minimum wage scale as high as $15.

“In California, more than likely, from what I remember, a living wage – where people could live and take care of their families, and move toward achieving the American Dream was about $25, $26 an hour," Lee offered. When Crossfire host, Newt Gingrich, pressed her on the specific number, Lee agreed.

“Trust me, believe you me, you would have a more productive workforce," said Lee. "You would have people who could afford to live in areas now where they cannot afford to live. You could increase diversity in certain communities where you don’t have diversity, you would have economic parity.”

Lee's comments ignited a firestorm in the conservative media, with many right-leaning sites skewering the idea as certain to kill jobs. Meanwhile, the local Bay Area press and liberal megaphones have ignored the statement, which came on the heels of Seattle approving the highest in the nation $15 minimum wage ordinance to be phased in over the next seven years.

In Oakland, a potential city referendum to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 is likely to be on the November ballot. The new progressive epicenter of the East Bay, Richmond, is also looking to significantly raise its minimum wage, in addition, to murmurs in other cities like Hayward. Meanwhile, the state minimum wage is due to increase to $9 an hour this July.


  1. Oh no, does this mean Rocky Fernandez is going to try to run for Congress against Barbara Lee?

  2. You go girl! It will re-create the middle class.

  3. Doesn't those on the right rip into Rep. Lee regardless of what she advocates?

  4. Then SEIU workers should get and adjusted wage increase . The adjusted wage /perk increase for the Hayward Unified was tabled and if you do the research, I think he is trying to write his own ticket to a fat package. Relocation is usually a single sum, not an on going paid perk. And why would any person in their right mind give a 4 year contract for this position after we paid off Joan Kohl, who laughed all the way to the bank. HUSD needs to be aware of carpetbaggers, who take the money and run!

  5. I'm referring to the Superintendent contact proposal, which was tabled. I hope our school board has some wisdom, rather than sitting on a seat and using it as a stepping stone to progress themselves politically.

  6. What an ass. The minimum wage is a joke. Only losers thinks it's good.

  7. You are the ass. The minimum raise should be raised. Over 70% of the people earning minimum wage are 21 or older with over 55% women. They are just trying to survive and some are single parents. Every poll taken says the American public supports the raising of the minimum wage across all political parties. These people put their money right back into the local economy which helps small business. Barbara Lee speaks for me and the huge majority of Americans!