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The Economic Case for a $15 Minimum Wage

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

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.

Confirmed Speakers:

Remarks by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA)

  • Jeff MadrickIntroduction, Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, The Century Foundation

  • Andrew StettnerModerator, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

  • Sylvia AllegrettoPanelist, Labor Economist and Co-Chair, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, UC Berkeley

  • Mike DraperPanelist, Founder and CEO, Raygun

  • Erica SmileyPanelist, Co-Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

  • Ben ZippererPanelist, Economist, Economic Policy Institute

  • WorkerRespondent, SEIU