-- Tuesday, March 20th - Tuesday March 27th --
Raise the Wage champion legislators, advocates, activists, and participating community members will spending one week voluntarily setting aside their salaries and living on $10.50 an hour (VT's minimum wage) to highlight the issue of poverty wages in our state.
RSVP below to join the challenge!
How to do the minimum wage challenge:
- Step 1: Choose whether you are doing the challenge single or married, sharing a house or living alone
- Step 2: Fill in your budget for the week on the Budget Tracker Template (Either make a copy to edit in Google Sheets or Download as an Excel file and edit on your device)
- Step 3: Come to the press conference Tuesday 3/20 9:15-9:45am (Cedar Creek Room, VT Statehouse, Montpelier)
- Step 4: Starting Tuesday 3/20, track your expenses in your own spreadsheet to see whether you’re staying within your budget.
- Step 5: Take a picture, Tweet or do a live video each day with a thought or struggle using hashtags #VTWageChallenge, #vtpoli, #RaiseTheWage
- Step 6: End participation on Tuesday, March 27th, or earlier if you've run out of money -- email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with your results! Also post about it on social media (#VTWageChallenge, #vtpoli, #RaiseTheWage)
*If you're doing the challenge - Use this spreadsheet to help you track your expenses throughout the week. (Either make a copy to edit in Google Sheets or Download as excel file and edit on your device)
More than 25,000 working Vermonters currently live on the minimum wage today, and more than 70,000 would benefit from a $15 an hour minimum wage. We have an important opportunity to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage this legislative session. But, we need to educate the public and more legislators and counter the “blame the victim” mentality that often permeates our discussion about wealth inequality in this country.
Post up your experiences, photos, & videos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #VTWageChallenge, #vtpoli, and #RaiseTheWage
House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski, Deputy Majority Lead Tristan Toleno, Representatives Chip Troiano, Mary Howard, Joey Donovan, Helen Head, Susan Buckholz, Tom Stevens, Jay Hooper, Diana Gonzalez, Selene Colburn, Barbara Rachelson, Curt McCormack, Diane Lanpher, Cindy Weed and Ann Pugh. Senators Becca Balint, Alison Clarkson, and Debbie Ingram