Is it time to raise minimum wage?

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Is it time to raise minimum wage?
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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 1:46pm

Is it time to raise the minimum wage again? Why or why not?

Karla
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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 4:19pm
Definitely! The federal average for the US is $7.25 which seems remarkably low. There are excemptions for those businesses who make less than $500,000 per year, so it's not like you would be pushing additional hardships on small business. I don't know how a person could survive off of $7.25 per hour.

I think if you got politicians to try to survive a month on the minimum wage as it stands, it would get increased in a hurry!

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 11:36am

I suppose it would depend on where th eperson lived adn worked... as others have said, there are small business exemptions, and there are some parts of the coutry where $7.25 could be a (marginally) livng wage but...if one is living in the more expensive cities of this land, making minimum wage is a guaranteed pathway to poverty... so



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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 3:41pm

I have mixed feelings on this.

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 11:11pm

"I do feel for them, but I don't see how just giving them a raise is really going to help matters.

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 8:39pm
No I didn't say minimum wage jobs don't require hard work. I do think that if one wants to make more than minimum wage one needs to work harder and strive for more. Working harder isn't just limited to doing ones current job better or putting in more hours. That is necessary regardless of how much the pay is. Working harder includes seeing beyond where one currently is which then leads to action which could be obtaining advanced education, career changes, promotions, starting a business, etc. I really don't see why anyone who wants more for themselves wouldn't want to do more to get beyond minimum wage. The pay off would be far greater than any government mandated minimum wage increase that's for sure.

Now with the crazy economy I understand many people are taking minimum wage jobs because that may be all that is available at the time, but I doubt any of those same people plan to still be there in 10 years. I bet they all see far more in their futures and have plans to get there.
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