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Sen. Kaine Stops by MOM's Organic Market to Talk Minimum Wage

Sen. Tim Kaine hears from MOM's Organic Market owner Scott Nash about the importance of paying employees above the current minimum wage. Photo courtesy of Sen. Kaine
Sen. Tim Kaine hears from MOM's Organic Market owner Scott Nash about the importance of paying employees above the current minimum wage. Photo courtesy of Sen. Kaine
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) stopped in Alexandria Monday to hear from MOM’s Organic Market owner Scott Nash (in the yellow shirt) about why he believes it’s important to pay his employees above the current minimum wage.

Kaine then spoke with employees and discussed his support for raising the minimum wage – legislation that is expected to come before the Senate this week or next.

MOM's Organic Market founder and owner Nash spoke out last week at the U.S. Capitol to highlight the benefits of raising the national minimum wage. Joined by a group of Senators, small business owners who already pay more than the minimum wage said paying more than the minimum wage has improved their profits, employee retention and other aspects of business.

Democrats are championing raising the minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour, along with an increase in tip wages. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Paul Gil April 01, 2014 at 12:45 PM
What an elitist…he goes to Chirilagua and stops at MOM’S?? Isn't this the place where all the 1% shop for overpriced organic food?? How about going to the Wafle House or el Mercadito Latino??? Raaacist anyone??!!!
Vicki April 02, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Paul, have you ever shopped at MOM's? Many of the staff are from that neighborhood and most of the produce and fresh food is locally sourced. And, had you read the article, the owner pays workers more than minimum, which was the point of the visit. Is that the case at Wafle House?
Margaret Janowsky April 02, 2014 at 10:24 AM
All of our employees are paid more than minimum wage but a 39.3% increase in minimum wage all at once would be catastrophic to many small businesses, especially in areas of the country that haven't been so insulated from the effects of the recession. We believe in the need for a living wage but putting businesses out of business and, therefore, employees out of work, can't be accomplished in one fell swoop.
Paul Friedman April 02, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Margaret, the increase would not be all at once. It would be staggered over three years, just like the increase during the Bush administration, which increased the wage 40% over three years. Our nation survived that national trauma so well, you don't even remember it.

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