(Las Vegas, NV) — Vice President Joe Biden visited Las Vegas today to discuss raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
Biden met for lunch at the Casa Don Juan restaurant on Main Street. Those at the table included Raul Gil, general manager of the restaurant; Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman; U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.; Louisa Mendoza, owner of Keep It Clean janitorial; and Javiar Barajas, owner Lindo Michoacan restaurant.
During the roundtable, Biden said raising the minimum wage is “good for the economy, it’s good for people. You have 256,000 people right here in Nevada who would be able to have 19 weeks of groceries and 3 months of rent paid just by raising the minimum wage.”
The Vice President also noted that 28 percent of people making minimum wage are Hispanics.
“There isn’t any reason why anybody should be working 40 hours a week, making $14,500 a year.” Biden stressed, “That’s $7,000 below the poverty level.”
“It’s about time we do something,” Biden said. “Minimum wage hasn’t kept up.”