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I've been thinking about minimum wage a lot lately and I believe there are many small business, large businesses too, who rely on teenagers and college students working in the summers and seniors supplementing their retirement incomes or just keeping active. As a result, a minimum wage that is two high could curtail access to such jobs to these two segments of the employment pool.
What would be the harm in having a differentiated minimum wage? Either one that separates full time employment from part-time pastimes, or one that considers a lesser wage for younger people with little or no experience and seniors without a need for career building or primary income?
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After all deductions (between ¼ - ⅓ of gross for various taxes, Social Security, etc.) of about $400.00, that leaves me with $960.00.
Lets see, average rent for a 1 bedroom in D.C. is $1617.00 a month.
Average Rent In Washington, Washington Rent Trends and Rental Comps
Definitely can’t afford that, so let’s say I can find a “C-level” apartment for $600.00 available somewhere in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. (Class C properties were built within the last 30 to 40 years. They generally have blue-collar and low- to moderate-income tenants, and the rents are below market.) Apartment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That leaves me with $360.00 for all other expenses. Hmmm. Electricity and gas…$45 - $55 a month depending on time of year (cold weather/hot weather), so we’ll average that to $50.00.
Now I’m at $310.00. but according to this I’d need $348.92 a month if I bought and prepared all my own food and maintained a healthy diet! Food Prices in Washington, DC, United States
Shoot! Hmmm, maybe I overestimated my tax burden…if I cheat a little on my W-2 I can maybe bring it down to only $300 in deductions…pay it back at the end of the year with savings. Yeah, so I get $100 more, and $61.00 in disposable income.
I still need to get to and from work. The Metro train fares range from $1.70 to $5.75 and bus fares start at $1.60 one way if I get a “SmarTrip card. Gee, that means even if I live close I’d need $3.20 a day round trip for work. At 5 days a week…that’s $64.00! Metro - Fares - Metrobus (follow link to rail fares also).
I guess I can try walking several hours, put in some gas money for a ride, or buy a bike…hope I don’t need to shave or buy clothes, or anything.
EXCEPT…Full-time Wal-Mart employees work 28 -40 hours, 1/3 of all employees are part-time, working under 28 hours, and they are beginning to replace full-timers with “temps” in another effort to eliminate benefit requirements. PBS - STORE WARS: Wal-Mart Business Practices and Exclusive - Wal-Mart's everyday hiring strategy: Add more temps | Reuters
I can only HOPE I get to be one of the “full-timers” getting 40 hours a week.
Last edited by Captain Adverse; 07-10-13 at 12:18 PM.
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