• Gary

    No Because all that does is raise the base rate for all workers. Then it becomes too expensive to hire inexperienced workers and so the people that it is designed to help get the short end of the stick

  • Reality

    Gary When was last time you looked for a job? The current level of minimum wage is offered through all blue collar industries regardless of someone’s expirience.And even lots of white collar industries.If you dont want minimum wage raised to a livable ( by livable I mean above poverty living pay check to pay check) Then I suggest getting national rent control and realistic one interest rate for all loans in place. Then people wont be bit#$ing about having to make 3 times their rent to get a decent place to live.

    average rent for 1 bedroom where i live .
    $750 month to move in need to make 3 time rent each month $2250 4 weeks in a month need to make $562.50 a week at 40 week if you are lucky enough to get full time hours $14.06 hr just to be able to rent a non slum place. Thats not including utilities,groceries just living expenses.
    So yes minimum wage needs to be raised or national rent control .

  • David S. McQueen

    When any government tries to control an economy through populist fiat, the economy eventually collapses. Doesn’t it occur to some of you that the USA became the richest nation through a market economy? We didn’t get here because the government decided how much people should be paid. When people are allowed to chose where to work and, more importantly, allowed to change jobs if the one they have doesn’t pay enough, the prevailing wages will increase. A business needs workers and when it doesn’t pay the workers enough, they leave the job. The business can increase the amount of pay to entice people to stay there or it can hire illegal workers. The socialists say, “Increase pay by $XX and everyone will be happy”. The free market people say that labor should determine what is a fair wage by supply and demand principles.

  • David S. McQueen

    Rent control creates slums. When a landlord can’t raise the rent but the cost of maintenance continues to go up, the building deteriorates. Ask New Yorkers if rent control works in the long run.

  • james

    you cant have it both ways, bitch about the welfare state and not want to pay people a living wage .And 7.25 is not a living wage . corporate profits are through the roof and we subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart to the toon of MILLIONS every year, in pubic assistance benefits, because they don’t want to pay their people. if your bottom line shows BILLIONS IN PROFITS, you can afford to pay everyone! officers and stock holder have already gotten theirs. PAY your people, or GO OUT OF BUSSINESS, someone will replace you .15,080.00 a year is poor. that’s 40hrs a week 52 weeks a year, no time off .stop the subsidies for all corporation’s making BILLIONS

  • http://maddadkeith.smugmug.com/ Keith Birmingham

    Raising minimum wage accomplishes one thing, and one thing only, – higher prices. But, it leads to lay-offs, no growth. Before you ask for a higher wage you should make sure that you are worth it to your employer.

  • James

    Raising the minimum Wage to a “Living Wage” will price a lot of unskilled workers out of the job market completely,and will eliminate any reason for any entry-level employee moving beyond the unskilled labor job they’re doing now. We’d have no job growth,because with Min. Wage increased,employers would be either NOT hiring or having to pay more for anyone else hired,meaning they’d have to raise the price of their product,which translates into a higher cost of living,making the new higher min. wage no longer enough to live on. Endless cycle,until businesses close from being too expensive to operate.
    Unskilled workers were paid a low wage because they were LEARNING their skills and,for the most part,weren’t great at what they were doing,in order to move on into higher paid jobs,where they learned other skills that gave them the opportunity to move up the pay scale again-repeat process until they own the Company…. Minimum wage was NEVER intended to be the full reach of anyone’s Career. (Much like our Congress and Senate were never intended to be Career choices,but that’s a different bailywick.)
    The wage structure used to work fine,until some workers decided they didn’t want to,or possibly COULDN’T compete for higher paying jobs,and decided to push for skilled job wages for entry-level work. I just can’t believe the people who are supposed to be representing us in DC can’t understand this concept!(Maybe they DO understand but don’t really CARE if they further crash the Economy…)

  • James

    I don’t know why you think the min. wage should be enough to pay your ridiculous rent. See-THIS is what minimum wage is FOR. You live with your family for a while,or split the rent with a couple of co-workers or friends on the cheapest place you can find,until you can learn enough to move up to a higher paying job. Do that as often as you need to until eventually you can save a little per paycheck,then when you have enough to get your own place,you do that. But No-screw that-just demand the entry level job must pay equal to the guy you work with or train under who’s worked HIS ass off for 8 years. Man,the young people just don’t have a CLUE!

  • James

    Apparently YOU don’t want to work for a living. Well,move to Russia or China,or Mexico,or Kenya and see how THEY take care of their workforce. I KNOW this system with the low minimum wage works,because it worked for me,and everyone I know. Of course WE didn’t mind WORKING for what we wanted.

  • james

    I’ve built my company form the ground up! And have people working for me, and would be ashamed to pay anyone 7.25 hr ! only a fool would make a comment like yours. THIS SYSTEM IS BROKEN PERIOD. people at the bottom didn’t write the tax code, giving multi billion dollar corps welfare. for every ten thousand dollars we make 36$ goes to social programs for poor PEOPLE, but 6 hundred plus goes to CORPORATE welfare ! people like your self are the problem and will be food for your puppeteers before its over. our preamble says WE THE PEOPLE. not only the haves but also the have-nots. minimum wage is one step above, the country’s you described WE are supposed to be better than that! go back to school get an education and do the math it does not work.one person can barely survive on minimum wage let alone 2 or 3 and your delusional ,ignorant, or just plain stupid , to think other wise. OR YOU JUST DONT GIVE A F*#@ , I’ve got mine so screw everyone below me, IS MORE LIKLEY. And that attitude is not WE THE PEOPLE.

  • Tndriver

    Get a clue people, raising minimum wage will do nothing but raise the cost of goods which will mean minimum wage won’t be any better off. Companies are only going to pass on the increase of doing business to consumers. The only entity that will profit will be the govt through addition taxes based on the increase cost of goods.

  • Charles Fleury

    I agree with James…it’s like the old rail empire…the CEO’s pay themselves way too much! Has anybody checked on how out of control they are?

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I think it should be raised because all the money grubbing ceo’s have sent manufacturing to other countries and minimum wage is the biggest employer left in the good ole U.S.A.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    The simple solution to this is to charge Government related people and “Professionals” 4 X’s what the product on the price list actually costs a human. Oooop’s I almost left out the biggest oxygen wasters there is the NSA their children and grandchildren should have to pay 10 X the regular price of everything. I’m back quiet…

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I’d like to add some people that have a conscience won’t do some jobs, and even some that do have one can’t handle some of the other jobs i.e. “Trucking”

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    See my first post

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Did you read what you posted?

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I like that….

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    TTT Approved Comment.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Mmmmmmm, have you ever watched a fast food worker move at McDonalds, they work!!!

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Or if they can kill their conscience and already have the personality of a pervert they always have job openings at the NSA

  • David S. McQueen

    You claim to “have your own company” but then go on to whine about “corporate welfare”. I doubt you are anything more than a millennial banging away at a keyboard in your parents’ basement.