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  • I support a minimum wage law

    26 45.61%
  • I support a maximum wage law

    6 10.53%
  • I support minimum benefits law

    11 19.30%
  • I support Maximum benefits law

    4 7.02%
  • I oppose a minimum wage law

    27 47.37%
  • I oppose a maximum wage law

    30 52.63%
  • I oppose a minimum benefits law

    27 47.37%
  • I oppose a maximum benefits law

    30 52.63%
  • other/I do not know

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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Minimum Wage amounts to $15,080 in a 52 week year. The Federal Poverty Level for one person is $10,890 for all States other than Alaska, and Hawaii which are slightly higher.

    It is very difficult live on Minimum Wage in most States, I would like to see it Raised to $8.00 an hour, in the hope that people can manage to get by on it.
    Or how about people don't try to get by on it? Minimum wage isn't supposed to be a living wage. If you're that unskilled, you'd better be a teenager still living at home with your parents, otherwise you ought to qualify for a higher wage. I'm really tired of people trying to support a family on minimum wage. If you can't make money, don't have a family.
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    The truth isn't as simple as many people would like it to be....

    Minimum wage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Empirical Studies
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I have no idea what state that is...but in NY and NJ you cant get an apartment even one thats falling aparty for under 700 a month plus utils...and try paying an electric bill in either of those two states....look in the Northeast NO ONE can survive alone on minimum wage paying their own rent and bills no ONE
    I clearly stated that I live in Texas. I also said, "I think it's possible for a single person to survive on a pay rate at or near minimum in many areas."

    NY and NJ have a pretty high cost of living. But you know...the states can increase the minimum wage above the federal level if they choose to. Looks like New York and New Jersey didn't. Either way...if you're at the point where you're trying to live on your own, why are you working at McDonalds? Here's some info about minimum wage earners:

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual income of a U.S. worker is $32,140. Federal minimum wage is currently $5.85 an hour, or about $11,500 per year — just above the poverty line. Of the 76.5 million people paid by the hour in the United States in 2006, 2.2% make minimum wage or less. Here are some generalizations we can make about minimum wage workers:

    •Most minimum wage earners are young. While 2.2% of all hourly workers earn minimum wage or less, just 1.4% of workers over the age of 25 are paid at or below the Federal minimum wage. More than half (51.2%) of minimum wage workers are between 16 and 24 years old. Another 21.2% are between 25 and 34.
    •Most minimum wage earners work in food service. Nearly two-thirds of those paid minimum wage (or less) are food service workers. Many of these people receive supplemental income in the form of tips, which the government does not track.
    •Most minimum wage earners never attended college. Just 1.2% of college graduates are paid the minimum wage. If you only have a high school degree, you’re more likely (1.9%) to be paid minimum wage. Those without a high school degree are nearly three times as likely (3.7%) to earn minimum wage. 59.8% of all minimum wage workers have no advanced education.
    •Finally, as you might expect, part-time workers are five times more likely to be paid the minimum wage than full-time workers.
    And here is the link. It's from 2007, but the trends are similar now, though the rate has changed.
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    I have always liked minimum wage, and I believe it is important. The maximum wage I feel like I shouldn't have voted for, kind of a stupid idea barring someones potential. I also like this minimum benefits idea. Doesn't at all have to be full benefits, maybe just require employers to provide basic insurance policies.
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    I support a minimum wage BUT it was never intended to be something a family of 4 was to live on so it's never going to do that.

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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    Unemployment Level Since Democrats raised the Minimum Wage


    Surely a minimum wage of $50.00/hr would solve all problems........
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    Are you trying to suggest that the minimum wage and not the financial meltdown is the reason that unemployment went up? Seriously?

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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Are you trying to suggest that the minimum wage and not the financial meltdown is the reason that unemployment went up? Seriously?
    Are you seriously trying to suggest raising the minimum wage has no effect on employment?

    5 of the 6 largest increases in the Minimum Wage were followed by a rise in UNEMPLOYMENT........Coincidence of course.......
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    price floors and price ceilings tend to produce powerful unintended consequences irregardless of the particular good involved. including labor.
    Why I think we should have a ceiling, like maybe $100,000/year. Yeah that's the ticket. What do you think? Nobody makes more than that, including our elected officials....like Obama.
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Funny thing about the income cap is it will put some companies out of business. Companies that specialize in luxuries and high-end items won't have a market anymore.
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    Re: Do you support a minimum and maximum wage?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Funny thing about the income cap is it will put some companies out of business. Companies that specialize in luxuries and high-end items won't have a market anymore.
    Yeah price ceilings are dumb when it comes to wages.
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