Fair Minimum Wage Act

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Fair Minimum Wage Act
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Sat, 10-20-2012 - 9:56pm

I found this interesting article discussing the current federal minimum wage and the proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act.  Since many of us have found ourselves working minimum wage jobs at some point in our period of unemployment I thought this might generate some discussion.  So what do you think?  Would $9.80 per hour be a livable wage, if employed full time, in your state?  Would a full time job paying $9.80 per hour provide more income than unemployment in your state?

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Sun, 10-28-2012 - 12:30pm
I'm in California where the state minimum wage is $8.00 per hour and therefore higher than the current federal minimum wage. I appreciate that it is higher, but even as a single person working full time that is not enough money to live on here. I know families that are trying to make it work and struggling. If the Fair Minimum Wage Act forced it up to $9.80 that would definitely help a number of people here, but given the high cost of living it still wouldn't be ideal to support a family on. A few years ago California was debating raising the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour and some cities actually went forward with it even though the state didn't approve it. Again that boost is really helping single people and college kids/seniors that are working part time jobs, but its not doing a whole lot for families.
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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 10-27-2012 - 9:30pm

I live in Canada.

Ontario actually.

It is $10.25 an hour. (October 2012)

It varies from Province to Province.

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Sun, 10-21-2012 - 11:14am

I am in favor of raising the minimum wage. Many states have a state minimum wage an it's higher than the federal. Where I live it's about a dollar an hour more. In states where the cost of living is high, it would be impossible to live on the federal minimum wage. I don't konw if a person could live on $9.80 an hour in my state.The cost of living here is very high.