Booker backs up talk
To the Editor: Many of the candidates running in the Democratic primary talk in favor of the following objectives contained in our party’s platform: establishing a livable, minimum wage of $15 per hour; providing relief from crushing student debt; creating meaningful employment opportunities for young people, including those from disadvantaged communities and developing future leaders.
However, Sen. Cory Booker backs up his talk with genuine action. I know this because I am working as a paid summer intern on his campaign here in my home state.
As a college student, there were a lot of options for me when I was thinking about interning this summer. But my clear first choice was Cory for many reasons, particularly his leadership on gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform.
However, speaking practically, there was one other factor that influenced my decision. Cory pays his interns — which not all campaigns do. I earn $15 an hour, which is more than double our state’s minimum wage.
Paying interns opens up this critical professional development experience to students whose economic circumstances do not allow them to work for free. In fact, I believe — and so does Cory — that all work should be paid, and that jobs should pay people enough to live their lives.
I urge all of the presidential candidates to follow Cory’s lead by offering meaningful internships at a livable wage, and I urge leaders like Gov. Chris Sununu to support legislation that would raise the minimum wage for all Granite Staters.