$30 An Hour Minimum Wage? This Democratic Candidate Says Yes
The downtown and Port is viewed from the LeMay-America's Car Museum on September 21, 2021, in Tacoma, Washington.
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A Democratic congressional candidate in Washington State is arguing for a $30 per hour minimum wage, claiming that the $15 minimum wage movement is an outdated number.

Rebecca Parson, a candidate for Washington’s 6th District that includes Tacoma, shared the comment recently in a post on Twitter.

“$15 minimum wage is an antiquated demand. It should be $30 per hour,” she tweeted.

“1 adult supporting 1 kid needs $30 an hour across the country. Rural, urban, suburban: $30 is the floor. As you say your nightly prayers to Saint Elon while you fall asleep tonight, reflect on why you punch down on poor people instead of up at your heavenly billionaire,” she added in another post.

In her campaign video, Parson said, “I and other organizers have occupied empty buildings, demanding housing for our homeless neighbors. I risked arrest because we can’t just wait for the corporate establishment to help.”

Parson also claimed in her video that she will emulate “Congresswoman Cori Bush,” a “Squad” member and progressive Democrat who slept outside in Washington, D.C., to advocate for housing. Parson claims she can identify with the need, as she’s “been homeless, too,” despite holding a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins.

The Washington socialist Democrat also ran for the House in 2020, receiving approximately 35,000 votes, according to her video. She claims she is the “first woman and first gay person” to run for her seat.

Among the issues she addresses in her video are “housing for all, Medicare for all, food for all, and no more poverty.”

In 2020, a past Twitter post also noted that Parson joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) won her congressional district in New York. The DSA also endorsed Parson’s 2020 bid.

Fox News reported that Parson received just 13.5% of the vote in 2020, a total of 35,631 votes.

Democratic Rep. Derek Klimer won the primary election with 47.3%, a total of 125,019 votes, and won the general election. He serves as Parson’s top opponent in the 2022 election as he is running for reelection.

In a statement, she told the outlet, “I’m calling for a federal minimum wage of $30, because that’s the floor across the country for one working adult to be able to support one child. From rural to urban to suburban areas in the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii, the federal minimum wage isn’t enough to support a family, and neither is $15 an hour. The Fight for $15 campaign started 10 years ago and the demand is no longer commensurate with real-world conditions.”

Parson is not the first leftist to argue for a massive jump in the nation’s minimum wage. In September, Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, tweeted, “Today seems like a good time to remind you that if wages had kept pace with productivity gains over the last 50 years, the minimum wage would be $24 an hour.”

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