Beto says, "workers across this state are going to get the raise they deserve"

Ash Jurberg

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The minimum wage in Texas hasn't gone up a penny in 13 years. That changes when we win. Workers across this state are going to get the raise they deserve. Beto O'Rourke

Democrat nominee for Texas Governor, Beto O'Rourke, has promised to lift the minimum wage in Texas should he win the election in November.

Once again, he has criticized Texas Gov Greg Abbott for low wages not matching the rising cost of living.

"With 1 in 5 Texas children living in poverty, it’s clear that the Texas economy isn’t working for everyone. That means raising the minimum wage to ensure every Texan is paid the full value of their work, increasing access to paid and sick leave, making Texas a right-to-organize state, and ensuring Texas leads on the big, bold innovations that can move this state forward." Beto O'Rourke

The minimum wage in Texas has been set at $7.25 per hour for thirteen years. This compares to $15 per hour in California and New York City and $16.69 per hour in Seattle.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a living wage calculator, which calculated that the average single adult with no dependents needs to make at a minimum of $16.41 per hour to survive within acceptable living standards.

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