Bernie Sanders Campaigns on $15/Hour Minimum Wage; Pays His Interns $12/Hour

Bernie Sanders wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, but he sees fit to pay his interns only $12 an hour. You might say, “$15, $12, what’s the difference?” Well, $3 to be exact. In a press release, Sanders stated:

“It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty and millions more are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills,” Sanders said at the outdoor rally near the Capitol. “In the year 2015, a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”

“The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. Increasing the minimum wage would directly benefit 62 million workers who currently make less than $15 an hour, including over half of African-American workers and close to 60 percent of Latino workers. If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity and inflation since 1968, it would be more than $26 an hour today.

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