My husband and I both work. We are very frugal and do without a lot of things other people take for granted. I don't see how people live on minimum wage. It's hard to find a full time job to, so your working two minimum wage jobs. We make just enough that we can't get any help. Jobs that pay minimum wage weren't meant for people to use as a long term living wage. I know that most people don't live in an area that have decent jobs. My boss has let me know that there won't ever be any raises. I'm going to have to find a part time job, even if its low paying it will help out.
I think it should be understood in this discussion that minimum wage at one time could support a family of four. When I was a child my family survived on one income with a two bedroom apartment, food on the table, a car and the basic necessities. That was one forty hour workweek paying for it all at minimum wage. Today, minimum wage will not afford even a two bedroom apartment, much less everything else. Our country is getting worse for the middle class and unless something happens soon I see a poverty becoming the norm for the masses.
I've researched the affects of raising minimum wage and in every situation where minimum wage has been lifted above the national average there has been a significant increase in both employment and the economy. If minimum wage were to have kept up with inflation the wage should have increased to $22.67 by 2012. Anyone claiming it should be around $10.00 is counting two income families. Also, the amount should still be higher in the case of a two income family to offset cost of childcare. A strong economy is created by creating a vast majority of people with a significant income. Raising minimum wage will help business.
Minimum wage is very low in my state. I think it is $7.25. I feel sorry for people who only make minimum wage because I know that they are struggling. The prices on everything is going up: food, housing, utilities, clothing, etc. Everything is going up except minimum wage. I think every state should enforce at least a $16/hour minimum wage. That would help a lot of families out.
I think mimum wage should go up some single mom cant make it on what they get and everything keeps going up and some cnt keep there head above water it would help so many that work at the fast food places etc
Minimum wage needs to be more. Problem is if it gets higher it will only cause the cost of everything to go up so, it is a no win for all. I wish there was a way to raise it without having to deal with the repercussions
I don't understand why people complain that they are only making minimum wage. I know it would be very difficult to survive with only making such little money, but you chose this job! People always have options. I worked minimum wage when I was a teenager, and busted my butt to pay for a college education by myself. Nobody helped me, I did it myself. All so I wouldn't have to settle for anything less, such as minimum wage.
Is everyone just making stuff up about minimum wage? lol It wasn't put into place for teenagers getting their first jobs. Minimum wage is meant to be in place so that 1 person can support a family, have a home, etc. Is that possible on today's minimum wage? nope
Minimum wage might be a good starting place for a teenager who's still in high school but not much else. In most areas it would not pay for decent housing, utilities, clothing, groceries and health care. In my opinion companies should not be permitted to make a profit by employing workers at a wage rate that will keep them in poverty
You can't live your whole life on a minimum wage especially if you're planning to have a family. If you are still in school, study harder than what you are doing now since education is the great equalizer as my previous teacher said. With it, you'll have better job with higher pay which means better future.