Rosendale Opposed Higher Wages for Workers; Called Raising the Minimum Wage “Ridiculous”

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – This week, most Montanans are celebrating the contributions of Montana workers and the labor movement that brought us good wages, reasonable hours, and safe working conditions. But there’s one person you can count on to still throw Montana workers under the bus: East Coast developer Matt Rosendale.

During Rosendale’s failed bid to run for Montana’s lone House seat, Rosendale called raising the minimum wage “ridiculous.” He erroneously suggested that most Montanans are already making $15 an hour, showing how out-of-touch he is with Montana workers and families living paycheck to paycheck.

Montanans who work a full time job shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Raising the minimum wage could help many folks make ends meet and benefit local business owners. But wealthy developer Rosendale, who has a history of siding with powerful corporations instead of Montana workers, must not believe that.

Unsurprisingly, Rosendale’s platform of opposing bigger paychecks for hardworking Montanans was not a winner—he lost his 2014 primary. But Rosendale didn’t lose his terrible platform of opposing fair compensation for Montana workers.

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