The federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn’t been raised since 2009. If it were indexed to inflation, it would be over $9, and if it were pegged to the cost of living, it would be around $10.50. Today, most Americans agree it’s time to raise it.

However, it doesn’t seem like federal lawmakers have any interest in bringing up the minimum wage at the national level. That’s why many states and local governments are going ahead and raising it on their own.

Minimum wage policies do help raise the wages for America’s lowest-paid workers — making an adequate minimum wage an important pillar of a national antipoverty agenda.

Brenda Lawrence will fight to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.