Sen. Art Haywood joined U.S. Rep Boyle at a news conference at the Inter-Faith Food Cupboard to support an increase in the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour.

The lawmakers were accompanied by activists, business owners and community leaders in Montgomery County.

At the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, full-time workers receive only $290 a week in gross pay.

Boyle, who recently supported a federal minimum wage hike to $12 an hour, said, “Raising the wage will grant hard-working Americans increased financial independence, so they will no longer have to rely on an estimated $152.8 billion in public assistance funding just to make ends meet.”

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