Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota expressed support for raising the nation's minimum wage today saying people who work full time should not be living in poverty.
Senator Franken says a hike to the minimum wage would lift 70 million Minnesotans out of poverty. It would increase to $9.50 cents an hour by 2016. After three years the minimum wage would be set by the Secretary of Labor each year based on increases in the Consumer Price Index.
“The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and this has not kept up with inflation. In 1968 the minimum wage was equal to $10.50,” Franken said.
Senator Franken says the current minimum wage has lost a third of its value since 1968. The senator also expressed support for equal pay for men and women.
A hearing on pay equity took place yesterday in Washington and is expected to come up for a vote this week.
“I think about 99.6% of professions, that is the case, and that women are paid less than men,” Franken said.
Plus, President Obama recently declared Senator Franken the second funniest senator from Minnesota, placing him second behind Senator Amy Klobuchar after she brought down the house as the speaker at the annual Gridiron Dinner.
When asked, with his background as a comedian, how he feels about the President putting him behind Klobuchar here's what he had to say.
“No I'm not worried,” Franken said.
Franken adds that not being the funniest senator in Minnesota is the least of his worries.