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.
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