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Utah Businessman Jonathan Ruga to Address US Commission on Civil Rights on the Gender Wage Gap

Patriotic Millionaire and author of recent Guardian op-ed on fixing capitalism to speak at Gender Gap Briefing

Salt Lake City, Utah - Today, at 1:00 PM MT/3:00 PM ET, Jonathan Ruga, member of the Patriotic Millionaires and CEO and Co-Founder of Sentry Financial Corporation, will address the Utah Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights at its public briefing on the Gender Wage Gap in Utah.

In his remarks, he will make the case that one of the largest contributors to the gender wage gap is the fact that minimum wage workers, a group that is disproportionately female, still earn just $7.25 an hour over ten years after Congress last raised the wage. An excerpt from his remarks is below, please contact for the full version.
"If we want to eliminate the wage gap, we need to start giving meaningful wage increases to this massive underclass of women that we require to work for poverty wages (and have so required for years). Virtually no one in Utah or anywhere else in this country can forge out a reasonable existence on $15,000 a year, and by keeping the minimum wage at that level, we're literally consigning these women to an exceptionally difficult life."

WHO: Patriotic Millionaire and CEO of Sentry Financial Corporation Jonathan Ruga (full bio below)

WHAT: Presentation to the Utah Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights on how raising the minimum wage and eliminating the subminimum tipped wage would shrink the gender wage gap, followed by a Q&A.

WHEN & WHERE: TODAY, Thursday, October 3, 2019, 1:00 PM MT/3:00 PM ET. 


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Proud “traitors to their class,” members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders, and investors who are united in their concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.

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