State Sen. Sandy Pappas to speak in D.C. on economic opportunities for the middle-class

State Sen. Sandy Pappas will speak on a panel on Friday in Washington, D.C., that’s examining how states are working to improve economic security for middle-class Americans, despite Congressional inaction.

She’s one of three state legislators, all Democrats, from around the country on the panel sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the State Innovation Exchange.

The panel is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Center for American Progress D.C. offices.

Organizers say stagnant wages and increased costs continue to hurt low- and moderate-income families. The panel, which also includes economists, “will discuss ways that states can address these issues and grow the middle class,” they say.

Some ways that’s happening: raising the minimum wage, breaking down barriers to employment and extending access to paid sick days.

Also on the panel with Pappas:

  • Rep. Jessica Farrar, Democratic Caucus Leader, Texas House of Representatives
  • Sen. Loretta Weinberg Democratic Majority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
  • Melissa Boteach, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • David Madland, Managing Director, Economic Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Moderator will be Nick Rathod, Executive Director, State Innovation Exchange

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