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Apr 30, 2014

Tester statement on Senate’s failure to increase minimum wage

(U.S. SENATE) - Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Minimum Wage Fairness Act that raises the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour:

"Montanans work hard and know that every day we don't raise the minimum wage is another day the value of hard work continues to fall. Raising the minimum wage will help thousands of Montanans make ends meet and put more money into the pockets of local business owners. Today, a minority of Senators blocked this common-sense bill that the American people want and working families need."

Fifty-four Senators supported today's bill, but it failed to receive the 60 votes needed to move forward.

According to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, over 80,000 Montanans would see a raise if the minimum wage was increased to $10.10 per hour. At $7.90 per hour, Montana's minimum wage is higher than the current federal minimum wage.

In 1968, the federal minimum wage was $1.60 per hour, which translates to approximately $10.70 in 2013 dollars.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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