Minimum Wage
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The debate goes on: Does raising the minimum wage only raise prices with no real economic benefit? Or should it be raised to meet inflated prices already in place?

Here's the thing with raising minimum wage. I'm 61 years old, and have seen it raised many times. And every time they raise it, those making minimum become worse off than before. WHY? Because the businesses are not going to absorb that cost. They are going to raise prices and pass it along to you. Gas will go us, groceries will go up, utilities will go up, rent will go up, etc. So you will be paying for your own pay raise. I agree $&.25 is not enough to live on, but neither is disability, which is less than that. So what really needs to be done is to get control of Big Business and our government and stop THEM. Politicialns get paid $175,000 a year at the Congressional level. And it only gets higher from there. Now be honest, do you think any of them earn that money? And remember, once elected, they get it for LIFE. So you can become an elected official, not do one damned thing, and still get paid. And BIG BUSINESS will happily line their pockets to get what they want by buying votes. Minimum wage isn't the problem, settlers lived with little or no money. The problem is an out of control government who is out of touch with it's people. And they feel no need to get it touch.

I think $15 is too much. Some businesses may go out of business and others will cut peoples hours if this happened.

about 3 out 4 recipients of federal and state public assistance programs are employed workers. Medicaid and CHIP ( Childrens Health Insurance Program ) cover health and dental care. There is TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families which provides cash payments. SNAP or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program is the old food stamp program. There are both federal and state earned income tax credits that actually pay low income working people because of their low to moderate incomes. There are federal and state child care programs and tuition assistance programs. Low income persons also qualify for free prescription medicines from many pharmaceutical companies. The list of government and private and charitable assistance available to low income people is a long one. It is not as if a minimum wage worker must depend only on those wages.

I think it is sad that our minimum wages are so low that even a family of 2, with both working minimum wage jobs, can't make it because the income isn't enough to cover all the bills and average household has.

I think we need a Living Wage of $12.00 and some states can go to $15.00 per hour. Some states have a low cost of living and others have a high cost.

Minimum wage is required to everyone to live their life and to fulfill or meet their daily base needs. Government should take care of it they should avail minimum wage to their country peoples.

What I have often noticed is those people who argue that low minimum wage is a good thing would not want to earn it for themselves, no matter how good they say it is for society!

So, what's going to happen with all the people that don't make 15 bucks an hour now? Are they all going to quit their real jobs to work at McDonald's since flipping burgers pays better?

I guess you can forget those "value menus" when they double the wages too.

There are jobs that have workers making minimum wage in addition to salary earners.Not just fast food places are the only places that employ people for minimum wage. Most of the people in other lower paying jobs get medical benefits, and other benefits. Things that minimum wage workers do not get. I guess if value meals go up, you can always cook at home?

I'm not big on fast food anyway, so it won't affect me. I was just making a point. There is a lot more to this than just increasing low wages.

See what Walmart's been doing, adding those self-checkouts? One person can man like 8 of those, instead of 8 other real people having jobs....

Minimum wage raises seem popular but this is the result
Investors Business Daily reports Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food.
Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

IBD says that using the kiosks will be up to franchisees.

Making $15 minimum wage means nothing if no minimum wage job can be had.

Looks like the cost of the safety net is going up

Headline from Los Angeles Times
California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'
Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios.

But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam.

Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state.

Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. The company still employs about 4,000 workers in Southern California
"The exodus has begun," said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Cal State Channel Islands and a former director at Forever 21. "The garment industry is gradually shrinking and that trend will likely continue."

the minimum wage bill just got passed in new york state. a lot of people like myself are pretty upset that it went up to $15 over the new few years while a lot of us make barely that now with educations.

you are mad why? that people can make more money than you who didn't have to go to school? isn't that more a problem of your employer not paying you enough, the rise in minimum wage never will be more than what a degree professional will get if it is...maybe you need to look into another profession or quit your job and get one of those good minimum wage jobs you are jealous of

What I don't like is this will raise the cost of living and then the raise in minimum wage means nothing. $15 an hour sounds like an awful lot for minimum wage.

$15 is absolutely idiotic. I have a $10 an hour job and it is in the oil and gas industry as a geologist. I worked hard and got my degree and I was lucky to even get a job because of the downturn! I am off for a week now, but if it wasn't for being able to get paid this little, I wouldn't have gotten my foot in the door!

Minimum wage has to go up in order for people to survive. I know a lot of people are stuck in what they consider good job, for lower wages. I have had a few of those great jobs that pay low and never went up. So how great of a job is it? At this point better off in one of these minimum wage jobs if you do not want to work in a job that has paid less.

They've just raised the minimum wage here in England and lots of people think it's going to cause some problems but hopefully it'll be alright.

It will not be alright. The free market principles will never be proven false and the economy is gonna get worse. Just look at socialism in England before Thatcher. The whole country was going down the tubes!

It has been reported in the news that no one can survive off minimum wage alone in the U.S. I think we as people should learn to invest what we can to maximize our dollars.

it is possible to live off of minimum wage but it is very difficult. at one point i was working at a restaurant, paying rent at a duplex along with my phone bill and groceries, it wasnt easy but sometimes you do what you have to do

In a city like New York, $15/hour equals gross pay of $600 for 40 hours work. Out of that come deductions for federal income tax, NY state income tax, NYC income tax, social security, and medicare. (If they commute from New Jersey, they also have to pay NJ state income tax.) What's left is maybe $400/week. That may not sound so bad. But average rent within 10 miles of New York City is $3000/month. Even in the least expensive neighborhoods, it starts at $1500, if you can even find a place that cheap. So more than half of a minimum-wage employee's income goes for rent. Then more goes to utilities (also high cost), groceries, transportation, medicines, and more. One person living alone can't support themself, let alone a dependent. Two people, both working and sharing a unit would still have difficulty because the rent burdens alone would still consume more than half of each person's income. Is $15/hour really a grotesque minimum wage under the light of reality?

Yes it is horrible. In the Midwest you could live off of 7$ a day much better than $15 a day in new york city. Now maybe your city should consider changing the minumum wage, but don't mess up the midwest because of that.

I am glad that they are raising it in a few different places and it would be more than welcome all over the world. People should be paid properly for the hard work that they do.

I'm glad they're increasing the minimum wage in the U.S. It's a slow process, but at least it's happening. Hopefully it'll keep on increasing until everyone gets a fair wage.

It will not be a good thing and It probably wont happen. Just means that there will be more under the table business activity, low wage jobs are great for high schoolers etc. and no one will pay $15 to them and we will have lots of teens without work on the streets. Not a good thing for crime.

There does need to be a gauge or a guide for deciding the pay range in the US. However I sometimes feel the pay should be coordinated to the skill level of an individual as well as age. I hardly think it's necessary to pay a 16 year old $15 to scoop ice cream or serve up ring up a sandwich sale at the local deli. On the other hand I think a man or woman who has experience and skill in a defined area should be given an opportunity to begin at a minimum wage and a trail period of 30 days to prove their effectiveness and efficiency on the job with the agreement of a higher rate of pay at the end of the trial period.

I really feel for the people who are struggling to live off of the minimum wage. I don't understand how anyone can seriously expect people to actually live off of it. How can they afford bills and food for themselves? I hear people talk about how the minimum wage shouldn't be raised and I just think it's so selfish on their part. How can you not see the struggles of other people? Open your eyes.

Most people are not against raising minimum wage. What they are against is raising it as high as $15 an hour.

It could be based on where people are living. The area I'm in, I hear nothing but people being judgmental and even downright disgusting when it comes to this topic. You also see it a lot in the comments section on different websites. Unfortunately, they make a lot of assumptions and talk like they actually believe that people can live off of $7.25 an hour.

How do you not see the struggle of business owners, the entrepreneurs to hire people for that kind of pay? This will mean less people have jobs, period! And it is the small business owners who really risk their lives to start something, often taking out huge bank loans for the opportunity to make it big, at a huge risk. The min wage workers have very low risk, always get paid!

Most jobs here have minimum wage. Although prices of just about everything is already on the rise. So i guess for our country increasing the minimum wage has to be raised.
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