Today, I participated in a news conference in support of legislation which has been filed in the NC Senate (SB 291) and in the NC House (HB 366) both of which would raise the minimum wage in NC over a 5-year period of time to $15 per hour. It’s important that we raise the minimum wage in our state since the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour was adopted approximately 10 years ago and the cost of rent, food, and the necessities of life have significantly increased since that time. For example, in Durham, the livable wage in 2017 was $13.35 per hour, and in Orange County, in 2019, the livable wage is now $14.25 per hour. There are approximately 1.6 million North Carolinians who are paid the minimum wage. I would like to thank all of the coalition groups who came together today in support of this legislation. I would like to particularly recognize my primary co-sponsors in the Senate, Senator Wiley Nickel and Senator Mujtaba Mohammed as well as the primary sponsors of the House Bill, Rep. Susan Fisher, Rep. MaryAnn Black, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, and Rep. Pricey Harrison. Please join the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.