Just a couple of years ago, a $15 minimum wage seemed impossible. But today, an increasing number of cities and states are passing a $15 minimum wage, inspired by courageous low-wage workers and advocates nationwide. Research shows that these victories have real benefits for millions of workers, their families, and the American economy as a whole.
As Congress prepares to debate a national $15 minimum wage, we invite you to hear from an expert panel of academics, economists, and business leaders make the case for how our economy can afford a $15 minimum wage by 2024. The briefing will feature opening remarks by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. It is co-sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and the Economic Policy Institute, in collaboration with the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Remarks by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Jeff Madrick: Introduction, Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, The Century Foundation
Andrew Stettner: Moderator, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Sylvia Allegretto: Panelist, Labor Economist and Co-Chair, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, UC Berkeley
Mike Draper: Panelist, Founder and CEO, Raygun
Erica Smiley: Panelist, Co-Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
Ben Zipperer: Panelist, Economist, Economic Policy Institute
Worker: Respondent, SEIU