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California State Government November 5, 2002 Election
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Living Wage: The Great Economic Equalizer

By Donna J. Warren

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor; State of California

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Reports show: Living Wage laws help families, don't hurt business
The 1990s were very prosperous - for America's CEOs. In addition to their 571% pay hike (even if their company had bad accounting practices), they continue to receive multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses while laying off thousands of employees.

Unless you saw a 571% increase in your salary last decade, it's your turn to share the wealth. THE LIVING WAGE can bridge the wealth gap. That's why labor unions and hard-working Americans support it.

A recent Public Policy Institute of California study confirms that Living Wage laws work. The March 2002 report found the poverty dropped as much as 1.5% in 36 cities with Living Wage ordinances.

I will establish an $11 an hour Living Wage my first year in office and tie the wage to real cost-of-living increases.

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