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A Loving Wage is a Living Wage

Getting that first paycheck is a powerful moment in a person's life. I started working when I was 14. I worked at Jolly Rogers as a busboy. My goal was to earn enough to buy my first guitar. At about 95 cents per hour, I cleared an awful lot of tables, cleaned more than one potty, washed more than a floor or two. Missed my High School football games, too.

Finally, I had my Epiphone ... two pick-ups and a great case to go with it. I remember asking my mom if I could stop working after I got it. She smiled and told me that in our family, once you start, "You don't stop till you drop," On June 30th I didn't drop but I retired.

I was so proud to get my first paycheck and have never taken one for granted. I have flipped burgers, performed on stage, worked at a Psychiatric hospital, worked as a security guard. I worked as a desk clerk. I did anything honest I could to make ends meet ... as a teacher. I did that job for love.

Getting that first paycheck matters, For some people it represents a validation. Sadly, in our community, people work hard to get that paycheck, only to discover that it simply will not pay the bills. I am for a living wage - whether one works at McDonald's or a school or a hospital.

Anyone working a full time job ought to be able to take care of themselves and a small family!


Bossert for State Senate
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