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?

I remember working at Mcdonald's making minimum wage and I remember thinking to myself "Wow. They do not pay enough for all this hard,fast-paced, work we have to do."

Hey Che, that's how it is with retail jobs, and jobs in the food industry. I completely understand, and I think that's why people should try to create something for themselves to fall back on.I believe having a good education is the foundation for success.

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

I remember working at Mcdonalds making minimum wage and I thought that it wasn't enough for the gas money that I was spending to get to work. My paycheck almost paid for my gas.

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?

According to Trump, wages are already too high! Funny is how some uneducated and poor people are planning to vote for this guy because they believe Trump is going to fix the economy. I think those people deserve to live in India and Bangladesh where wages are low enough and the standard of living is significantly lower there as well.

Trump makes so sense to me. It is easy for him to say that wages are too high, but I don't believe he stopped and thought about if he was poor or making that much money. He's wealthy so he doesn't think about those things.

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.

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.

only way anyone who thinks can live from $7.25 perhr is sadly mistaken unless are living on the street sleeping in their car maybe its only part time hours, lucky enough to share housing cost.

From what people are saying if one lives on minimum Wage these days they just might barely survive. With everything continuing to increase (Food, Housing, Medical...etc) things aren't going to get any better. If the wage goes up so do the prices. It's a never ending cycle. Sure you might have a brief respite, but then you're back in the same situation once again. Perhaps if people did like in the days of old and learned to live in Family groups and all worked together and shared everything other than everyone wanting to own separate houses, cars and placing their older members in nursing homes to get them out of the way of their Fast past lives and not counting all the expensive gizmos they think they need to survive then even a minimum wage would work out.

trying to live on minimum wage is def a very hard thing to do, most people end up having to get government assistance just so that they can pay their bills and not starve to death.

I'm Sure that's true, but do you think it's going to get any better with the continuing growth rate and shortage of food. I've never been one to rely on the Gov for anything for my family and I worked many days for .80 cents an hour and had to go hunting in the morning and evening to put food on the table. Yeah it was hard but, we were happy. Some people think their poor if they don't have the most modern items like TV. Getting back to the simple way of life can still be fulfilling and one doesn't need to rely on outside help and if one takes care of their own no matter their age it's the more human thing to do.

You are right Glenn.
I was working minimum wage when my children were younger.
We had no cable, smartphones or things like that, but we managed.
We were happy, had food on the table and a roof over our heads.
It is hard, but it can be done.

i do agree that life didnt seem to be as hard when things were simpler. personally the only times i have had to struggle is when i left home, my mom always made sure we had what we needed and more. she also had a career though and was def making more than minimum wage. i have a lot of respect for her, she worked hard for everything she has.

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.

i believe minimum wage is 8.25 here, i dont think it has went up or changed since i worked at dollar general, who do only pay minimum wage....

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This shows you how much you need to earn per hour to afford a 2 bedroom rental. Please don't saying people are robbing the rich when they want to raise the minimum wage. Even the honest Christian Mitt Romney was paying only 13.9 tax rate, so you don't even know what the rest of the wealthy people do with their money to avoid paying taxes. Stop being brainwashed by the far right and the big corps.

So what's the minimum rate for wages in UK? How much tax you have to pay? What is the rent per week in UK?

The minimum wage in the UK is £6.50 per hour and depending on where you live the rent is about $600 for a one bedroom apartment.

Our minimum wage is $17.20 per hour. No tax paid up to $18200 per year. Our rent is high, especially in Sydney.

I don't know how anyone can expect us to live on minimum wage with the costs of everything going up so much. I have heard arguments about how the minimum wage goes up in an area when the cost of things goes up, but in our area the cost of groceries have gotten ridiculous and it has been awhile since the minimum wage has gone up.

It would be hard to live on minimum wage, regardless if you are looking for another job while in that one it is tough. I don't think the job market is that great right now. I have not really seen it improve much. The price of food is crazy.

The price of food has went up about 200% over the last 2 years is what I read somewhere It is hard for everyone How about the senior citizens and those on fixed incomes I don't know what people are supposed to do We plant a garden every year to help on our grocery bill My husband also hunts I pinch pennies like you wouldn't believe We do lots of things that don't cost a lot of money or we do nothing

A lot of fast food jobs and minimum wage jobs are available and many people take them it is a job but can they survive.
Now my next door neighbor is 72, she can hardly survive, she didn't have hot water for several months, she needed a new water heater and didn't have the money. She can't work now she had an aneurysm, had to learn to walk and talk again.

That is so sad June I have come to realize that there are a lot of people in this world that does not have family that can help them I guess because we have family I was assuming that everyone does and this is not true

Faye, this woman has two daughters one son, the daughters are with the spouses, they each pay something for her, cable, or most of her mortage,the son is on drugs really bad, she had to put him out as he was stealing her stuff to sell for drugs. The daughters told her they can't help that much every month, so not sure how she is going to be able to stay there and worry bout utilities and mortgage. I don't think she can work much because she is getting very forgetful.

It's very sad and people don't realize without a college degree some people are really struggling to make a decent living with minimum wage jobs, plus big corps also want to stop hiring people for full time so that they can dodge paying for their employees' benefits.

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in viewin the link @ kt do not know how whom ever came up w/ no,s for michigan, think they,re dead wrong on min wage jobs $15.67 per hr and far less and far less after taxes are removed to live on. besides the smaller bussiness will not comply to these new law changes in keepin low as possible for the avg hard working adult who might be a single parent or never could afford collage w/ grade point avg less then just at 3.0 or less.

I only earn minimum wage as of now. Its still okay for me since I do not have children nor a wife. B ut for those with families, they will really have a hard time having this kind of low wage. It is only enough for 1-2 meals a day if there are electricity and other utility bills.

Not all the companies doing that i mean some of the compaines treating their employees very well, in my openion

Not sure, if its raised to high people may loose their jobs, Some companies cannot afford to pay more. Businesses may close or cut hours.

Minimum wage is very low and I think the people deserve to get paid more than that for there hard work.

minimum wage is def lower than it should be. i know there is a lot of issues with raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour but the wages now are very low for the work that most companies expect you to do

I must disagree on raising the minimum wage. It will only drive the price of products up and we will be in the same boat. The people that are now working for the minimum wage will not accomplish anything by a raise. It is a vicious circle, nothing will improve. What to do? I don't know. It is so sad. Another thing that will come about is the cutting of working hours and you would be making the same amount as before.

I wish the minimum wage was higher! People deserve to have a better income because everything is going up except the income.

I agree with you completely its not fair to the workers they have to work hard with bad pay. All they want to do is work you hard with little pay as the living is so expensive.

Minimum wage I think should be raised to $10 to fit inflation. In other areas, LA, Orlando, NYC, places with higher cost of living, I think it should be more.

The minimum wage in our place is very low that you can only buy a sardines as a viand if you still have other things to do especially some children in school
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