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Minimum Wage Increases for 2013

By September 29, 2013

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Earlier this year, President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage - to at least $9 an hour. President Obama has also proposed indexing the minimum wage to inflation, so it would increase when the cost of living increases. A new poll reports that 80% of Americans - including 92% of Democrats, 62% of Republicans and 80% of Independents - are in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and indexing it to the cost of living.

In addition, Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP), has issued a statement calling for an increase in the minimum wage saying, "It's clear what needs to be done. It's time to raise the federal minimum wage--raise it over time to $10.10 an hour. Boost the guaranteed minimum wage rate for tipped workers, which has been stuck at $2.13 since 1991. And index the overall minimum wage to the cost of living."

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. If passed, it would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and adjust it each year after that to keep up with the rising cost of living. The legislation would also increase the minimum wage for employees who receive tips.

The legislation is currently in committee and would need to be passed by both the Senate and the House for the increases to go into effect. Until legislation is passed there will be no date set for a minimum wage increase.

Here's a list of the current minimum wage rate for each state. The minimum wage increased in 10 states on January 1, 2013. Here's a list of the states and the new minimum wage for each location.

  • Arizona - $7.80
  • Colorado - $7.78
  • Florida - $7.79
  • Missouri - $7.35
  • Montana - $7.80
  • Ohio - $7.85
  • Oregon - $8.95
  • Rhode Island - $7.75
  • Vermont - $8.60
  • Washington - $9.19

New York has passed an increase in the minimum wage to $9 per hour which goes into effect over 3 years, starting at the of 2013. There will be an increase to $8 per hour at the end of the year, followed by an increase to $8.75 a year later, then to $9 per hour the following year.

In addition, legislation has been passed in California that will increase the state minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10 an hour starting July 1, 2014 with an increase to $9 per hour. Here's information on California minimum wage increases.

The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour. The last increase was in 2009. If an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages.

What do you think? Should minimum wage be raised?

Changes in Minimum Wage for 2014: Minimum Wage Rates 2014 | Minimum Wage Increases 2014

Read More: How Much is Minimum Wage? | What is the Minimum Wage? | Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013

December 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(1) Hiram Robinson says:

What a silly and cruel joke!!! First off all, the greedy people at the top making 6 figures or more should know that at least $10.00 shoud be minimum wage. Everything else has sky rocketed like food, gas, utilities etc. Why give the people, who pay taxes, such an insulting amount? What’s even worst, it is not effective for every state. This is one of the reason people are robbing everybody & everything! Secondly, people can’t find even these penny-annie jobs, not to mention the ones who have a record, even if it’s 30 years old.

December 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(2) Janis says:

I agree with Hiram. The minimum wage should be at least $10 if not more like $12-13 an hour. Its not gonna hurt anyone if the minimum wage is increased to this amount. It can be very difficult for most people who are struggling to make ends meet. I thought the minimum wage for all states would be 9/hr. I mean why isn’t all the same anyway?

It appears that perhaps the real cost of living isn’t factored in when people are paid per hour for the work they do. I don’t understand why not? Its so clear that it should be considering all of the knowledge of finances period.

December 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm
(3) Frank says:

For those people who have never owned a business and are ignorant when it comes to the knowledge of owning one. People who own businesses are not stupid. If you were to increase minimum wage that much that fast it would cause hyper inflation. Who do you think that is being past on to? The consumer! Most rich business people worked for what they have and don’t believe in being taxed to take care of people who are less ambitious in this country. It’s not the rich people’s problem that you have people that have a bunch of kids that they know they can’t afford and our tax dollars have to pay for it with government funds.This country is more divided than its ever been and its pretty sad. I worked 120 hours a week for 4+ years to keep my payroll down and become successful.

January 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(4) Darlene says:

What bothers me is when an employer has an excellent core staff that would work when ask, never complains and struggle to make ends meet,because he doesn’t want to give any raises. If they didn’t deserve it that would be one thing but while he is on vacation he knows all is taken care of and he is making lots of money while laying on the beach! We do what is asked and still make 7.25! I guess in a perfect world we could make enough money to pay the bills and still eat. Just saying ,,,,,

January 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(5) DeeDee says:

Frank’s message on 12/26 is so bigoted, racists and unwarranted. Give me a break, as if you actually worked that many hours in one week, you would not be around to tell your stories!! You would have died of a heart attack….with no sleep! Come on now, get real and stop being a Red-neck. Give everyone a fair chance….we own a small business, I know what it takes to run one, I know that without our hard working, faithful employees we would not be in the position we are in now! Not everyone is out making babies, that is very presumptious and pompous of you. With the cost of everything going up, not everyone can afford to make it (with and without kids) you idiot. I sure would not go to you for a job. You sound like a selfish, no good for nothing jerk.

January 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(6) Carolyn says:

What makes you think employers are going to have more jobs with the minimum wage 10.00 or more like some of you have proposed?

January 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm
(7) Anonymous says:

Minimum wage?!?! Has there ever been any research done to estimate the average cost of living for just the basic necessities, such as rent, transportation, food, clothing etc.??? As a single adult, I know that a full time job paying $7.25 an hour is not nearly enough to support oneself. Considering the fact that most positions are only part time, offering 20 – 25 hours per week, it is virtually impossible for a single income household to exist for many people.

January 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm
(8) Christi says:

The cost of living is high but so are the “trinkets” that lots of people are buying. It is sad when a parent can not afford to buy their child a meal because they had to get their nails done, or buy a new game for their system. Raising minimum wage would be good but then other things would go up in price. I know some people who work really hard and make it. There is nothing left to help people with. Responsibility does not mean the same to some people as others in this day and time. Yes there are those having babies and can’t afford them but it’s not all their fault. If people were made to be responsible for their actions a lot would change. Standards have dropped as far as expectations are concerned. We are broke because we love convenience. I would encourage everyone to get that education and do better. It’s a choice make it.

January 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm
(9) lil momma says:

This is just sad, nt saying that minimum wage should be 10 dollars but at least 8.50. I cant speak for everyone but i can speak for myself. I’m a very hard worker an go in to help out even on my days off, i went from working 40 hrs a week to 30 due to this new law an minimum wage comes no where near close to what i was bringing home working 40 hrs making 7.67. So if your going to cut our hours why not take our pay up to at least cover what we are missing out on… Im jus saying

January 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(10) Voiceinthewoods says:

They should lower it to 4.50. Every time they get close to my work rate I get angry mostly because.I have not had a raise in couple years its bad enough making it on what I take home and its a full time job.And its has not been 40 hours a week.Its even bad enough taxes has been raised and we have to pay for abortion and other crap which has been shoved down our throats.Problem is they raise the minimum wage in all the states all it will do is cost many more people their jobs and more work for people like me.More work same pay.And we are understaffed as it is.yea its slow season in the lumber business.Forget it being up to 8.50 forget it being up to 10.00 whats that leave with me and others i work with?And others just like me in other companies through out the United States?To me its saying your not worth more than the minimum wage.And many of us probably been in our line of work for years.And are invaluable to the companies.for your knowledge in the trade but there is a stopping point on raises.In the companies we work for.

January 7, 2013 at 11:26 am
(11) TJ says:

The taxpayer ends up paying for this increase in minimum wage. Before you start complaining and whining about the minimum wage, remember we are the ones who have to pay for this because business owners have to raise the prices on their menus, on their clothing, on their shoes, and the prices at the doctor’s offices, dental offices, etc., all go up, and don’t forget the trip to the grocery store! This has nothing to do with the people making high salaries. It is all the government, and you can just blame obama for it. This is all his! He owns it. He built this mess and he owns it. This class envy has got to stop or we will destroy this wonderful country. Obama has us fighting each other. Don’t you understand just what this man is doing to us? Then, to read these comments, especially the one about people with the high incomes. Well, many times those are the very people who never get to leave their jobs. They are at it constantly. And not only that, those are the people with the jobs available so just remember that before you start your usual whining and complaining for heavens sake. Envy destroys. Just do your own work to the best of your ability and go on. How would you like it if your income kept going down instead of going up. I work in a profession that every time we turn around our income is being dropped because of speech recognition and the wonderful obamaTAX (healthcare-less). How would you like that? I am just thankful for a job in this day of obama destroying this country. Minimum wage increases are passed onto us. So I don’t blame many of the states for not doing it!

January 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(12) NDROCKER says:

I live in North Dakota–a typical low-wage, right to work state; get tired of the “hype” that things are good here! Sure, the oil field workers make tremendous wages, but that is it. I know numerous people who work multiple jobs unable to find full-time work, or to just make ends meet. ND has ranked #1 in multiple job holders many times–it is embarrassing! Big name companies come in here and pay “north Dakota wages” not the highest wages in their company structure so that is NOT econimic deveopment, it is economic disparity! The minimum wage needs to be raised to at least half the average national wage which is about $26 and subject to COLA every January 1. Am afraid Obamacare will only encourage employers to provide less hours–things will only get worse

January 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm
(13) JustNj says:

Let me just say this….If minimum wage soes not increase then the little small people who that are being ignored who are working for said minimum sages (me) will not be able to purchase from business owners like FRANK. In Georgia minimum wage is still $7.35. I am not an under achiever as stated in an above comment. Having some struggles in my life is taking me longer to achieve my dreams. However only making minimum wage is not going to help me get to the next level. Minimum wage is the equal to the welfare system to me…..not only is it not enough to help you to be able to do better, it is not enough to support what you have. So you keep working, but also going in debt because utilities pile up as you dont make enough to cover both rent and utilities each month and god help you if you have children or own and automobile. So the hard working community of minimum wage workers like myself just try to have faith and keep working our jobs with inconsiderate employers hoping to find something better when we are not to tired from doing a $20 hr job for minimum wage!! GOD BLESS

January 14, 2013 at 12:54 am
(14) Sharon says:

Same here in Texas. Oil field and thats it, other than that, no good jobs to be found. Minium wage is $7.25. Average house rent in a small town….$600 . Don’t know who does the figuring, but I think they’re calcuator is broke!!
@ Frank…There’s only 168 hours in a week. 48 hours were all you took off in 4 years? Amazing! But have you ever thought if people had a decent wage, they might spend a little more? That adds and helps too.

January 25, 2013 at 10:39 am
(15) Selene Sweck says:

Reading some of these posts I realize the terrible misunderstanding of the small business owner. I own a small business with a gross under a half million dollars. I work 6 days usually 10-12 hours per day myself. I employ 7-8 regular part-time employees and another 6-7 for special events. Most of these employees, not all, but most are unskilled workers or young people who need part time employment. I pay a minimum of 10.00 per hour and upwards to $13.00 per hour but really can only afford the minimum wage of $8.25 per hour. What most of these folks who post such vitriol don’t understand is that the employer also pays almost 28% more in taxes, unemployment insurance, workmen’s compensation, etc, so a 10.00 per hour employee is really a $12.80 per hour and a 13.00 per hour employee really costs 16.64 per hour. Liberal states such as mine are typically run by leaders most of whom have never earned money in the private industry, most are what I call political lifers paid off our tax dollars and have no empathy for small business, the very backbone of this great Country. Small business owners are leaving this State by the droves and young people are finding it almost impossible to open new businesses because of onorous bureaucratic regulations. I am close to retirment age and if I finally get tired of all the nonsense and close my doors, families who are supported by my company will suffer. Eventually, the takers are going to run out of the givers money, and we will eventually give up. Where will the country be then.

January 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm
(16) kimeko says:

OMG.. we need to have the minimum wage raised! i am 22 yrs old

and i work fast food because its the only job i could get in this

economy. i get paid 7.25. i want to go to school but with me having to

beg for hrs at work since they cut them, and barely making 700

dollors a month is one factor that makes me have to depend on the

government for me to survive. i am on food stamps just so i can eat. u

see after all my bills are paid i barely have 10 dollors to my name. the

rate of pay is why there is so many people who go out and rob places,

also if we got paid more do u really think america would have soo

much prostitution, and drug/gun trade???

January 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm
(17) natasha says:

Where Maryland increase? Maryland is metropolitan area of Washington D.C. everything expensive gas, cost of living come on didn’t even get one last year? 2013 need an increase.

February 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(18) rose. says:

Well I make 10.50 a hr. And have 2 kids and get 600 a month where the farther past a way .after rent electricity bill gas bill that a 1000$ not counting food .their is people out their who make babies and get a check for them and someone else is raising them!!!. That’s wrong or get food stamps and sale them .or use the med card at the dr.or er we pay for the bill with the tax we pay .milk is 5$ a gallon where I live .and yes when ur looking for a job and have a record its very hard I know I just lucked into my job .and work out side everyday 9 hr.a day so I think the cost of living and all the bill should go way down .

February 4, 2013 at 11:42 am
(19) Mike says:

Gosh, shouldn’t everyone enjoy being rich? Let’s raise the minimum wage to $100/hr. We’d all be rich! And since we are all rich we’ll follow Keynes and we’ll all buy more stuff so there will be more jobs for everyone.
But I wonder if a restaurant will be able to pay it’s other bills after paying everyone $100/hr? And will I be willing to hire someone to do yard work at $100/hr? Would raising the minimum wage that high mean less people could find a job?
Even the current $7.78 minimum wage is too high. People who are productive or skilled enough make more than that. Do engineers, software programmers, or plumbers worry about the minimum wage? No. But folks who are still learning might not be worth $7.78. With that as the minimum wage they don’t get any jobs. If I was dirt poor, I’d rather work for $4/hr and have a job than have no job and a high minimum wage. As my skills increased, I would be worth a higher wage.

February 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm
(20) Shaun says:

The problem with these business owners saying that the increase in wages will be passed to the consumer is that they want to maintain their high profit margins. Where I work (I’m getting $7.25/hr) the labor costs are set mind-bogglingly high. We’re blowing labor if we get less than triple the total of amount of the on the clock employees pay. And to top that off, the definition of full-time job seems to have redefined to anything greater than 30 hours. Last year I made $7000. Thats before taxes. The average rent for a single bedroom apartment is $700/month. How could I afford to live anywhere with that kind of pay? I’m forced to live with my dad.
The whole purpose of minimum wage is to have people who work full time at least meet the poverty line.

February 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(21) Mel says:

Frank… Let us know when your skill increases, cause in the real world, your boss will absolutly use your new skills but don’t be looking for an increase in pay. It happens all the time in the real world. I used to volunteer my ” increased skills” for my employers hoping it would lead to a raise or even a promotion. You know.. I think its called initiative! Knowing I was doing good work, getting an “at-a-boy” from employers but never getting the pay for my work….. I now never offer my skills and after 40+ yrs. i don’t think I ever will. But good luck with your ” increased skills” !

February 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm
(22) Mel says:

Correction…sorry Frank, I meant Mike

February 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(23) LaTanya says:

Listen… this law is a guide. Minimum wage does not fall below the stated amount but that does not stop businesses/business owners to pay more. Come on people do we have to have the government tell us everything? If we could all just stop it and get fair and be mindful of our motives and remember to lend a helpin hand when you can.

February 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm
(24) kali says:

Washington State has a min wage of over $9 an hour and small business does just fine. A few adjustments to other taxes and it works out better for everyone in the long run. Small business is the back bone of this country however, if your employees cannot afford to spend their own money in the business they pour their own blood sweat and tears into, there’s a problem. I have a BA and work at a Starbucks inside a target in the New England area. A year later I am still making $9 an hour when I was promised to “move up” the corporate ladder month after month because my talents were being wasted. A week ago I gave my notice. I served lattes and brewed coffee 5 days, sometimes 7 days a week and I couldn’t even afford it myself. Smaller businesses should be exempt from the high min wage, but big business like grocery chains, and other big retailers should pay up.

February 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(25) Jim says:

To “FRank” – Your still NOT sucessful if that crazy plan is your idea of smart.

February 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm
(26) charmaine says:

What makes a worker unskilled? I know people that have been to college and got degrees but due to the economy they are forced to work a minimum wage making job. I live in georgia, where minimum wage is 7.25 and has been this amout for quite some time now. But every yr the cost of living rises. Gas prices have went up, basic groceries like milk and eggs hv gone up, and now even the public transportation prices are rising so and some point people should stop and think, well if everything else is rising why not raise the minimum wage. The only people that are opposed to minimum wage increases are those that dont really understand what its like to struggle. Swap lives one

February 13, 2013 at 12:51 am
(27) Richard says:

Being an Australian, I find it weird when Americans complain of ‘slave labour’ products out of China, yet the US minimum wage is almost half that of Australia and way out of line with other rich nations. Other nations have proved that a higher minimum wage will actually close the gap between rich and poor. Sure, expect inflation (not hyper-inflation) so do it gradually and the Bush era polcies don’t give you much room to move on interest rates to controll inflation, but also expect higher private spending as low income earners tend to spend all they earn which usually relates to an increase in the economy. It may mean small business owners will have to cut profits on the short term, but if they claim to be the backbone of the US economy, then they need to become part of the solution, and ‘business as usual’ doesn’t seem to be working.

February 13, 2013 at 3:04 am
(28) Nate says:

To raise min. wage means what? People use your brains, this means prices will be jacked up on everything to support the new employee wages. It would be as though you really never got one. THE ONES THAT BENIFIT FROM IT ARE NOT MIN. WAGE WORKERS IT IS THE GOVERNMENT MORE MONEY=MORE TAXES, remember the government is good at spinning things and their looking for all day suckers if you are one so be it, it’s your choice it’s syill somewhat of a free country but privacy is going out the door more an more.

February 13, 2013 at 6:35 am
(29) Lara says:

Raising the minimum wage is not going to solve any problems…it simply makes the problems that exisit more complex…I moved out into this world in 1995. I have witnessed many minimum wage increases. When I was young working three jobs I was thrilled with the increase…but I am a meticulous budget keeper. The gain is a mirage…we all pay it back with interest and it certainly does not help the people at the bottom. The inflation will exceed the gains and you will be left I the same boat you were in less one paddle. Our nation is divided…the dream we were sold as children doesn’t exist anymore. My husband and I have worked so hard and just when we think we’ve reached a new plain, the minimum wage starts nipping at our heals again….bureaucratic pandering is all it is. We got to stop assigning blame and pick up our boot straps and be responsible for ourselves, no one knows your situation but you…deal with it, find a way. This country is in a volatile condition and bureaucratic dealings are only adding fuel to the fire. We truly need to stop this class war and deal with the new realities. It’s also time the politicians put something a little more creative on the table than the minimum wage.

February 13, 2013 at 7:00 am
(30) landscaper says:

Min wage go up so will every thing else the middle class people i work for will not be able to afford to get there lawn cut so now I start to make less.

SORRY middle class you and I did not get a pay raise it went to the uneducated working class.

February 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
(31) Bill says:

why is it necessary to have an increase in the MW? Since the 1970′s every 10% MW increase increased unemployment for people under 22 by 1%. Those most effected by the MW are typically workers under 24 where the unemployement rate in January 2013 was over 14%. My guess is the media who want to feel good about themselves witl campaign for an increase, applauding those who vote for it.The impact on the job market will be some one having their hours reduced, or not getting a job from a small business owner.

February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm
(32) Andrew says:

Im only a freshman in high school and picked minimun wage as a subject to research. I was easly convinced that i would want minimum wage to go up. Due to a slight inflation in the U.S. it seemed only nessecary. But when i was just starting out, it occured to me that if we raise minimum wage then we also raise unemployment. 7.25+ is better than unemployed, and as much as federal government would want to raise minimun wage to even out inflation, this is just the wrong time to do it. Everyone in the U.S. needs to wrap the idea around there head that a decision like this affect more than I know, you know, and we know. Some people see it as money, and others see it as so much more. Be patient and wait.

February 14, 2013 at 12:21 am
(33) Man of God says:

Why is this even an argument. We should help one another and put all these foolish thoughts away. You may say I worked hard for mines, but everybody is not in the same place as you. You never know what people circumstances are we got people living under bridges and the reason is because they can afford the cost of living. White, Black, Chinese, Mexican, Blue or Orange. Stop being selfish and help someone out. You talking now but you dont know where you going to be four years later. Just like how youre blessed to be successful you can come right back down. To sum this up, minimum wage need to be risen

February 14, 2013 at 1:41 am
(34) Lydia says:

I imagine since there are 10 countries that pay higher minimum wages and enjoy a better standard of living, including lower levels of poor, working poor, and better health, it’s pretty obvious that higher minimum levels is possible. Problem is, there are too many who make a better living with business as usual and have no interest in seeing it go down. Seems to me, there ought to be a maximum wage set too, and what would have gone to them in the current system goes to help pay the higher minimum.

February 14, 2013 at 9:05 am
(35) Layla says:

@ DeeDee #5
I am so glad you commented back towards Frank. His opinions are so narrow-minded and bias! I agree that minimum wage should go up but, if it does increase I hope that everything else such as utilities, gas & food does not skyrocket! That just makes it harder for people who are financially disadvantage (poor) to survive. In that case it would be no need to raise minimum wage if everything else increases. I have a full time job and I make just a little over minimum wage with NO KIDS and it is still hard trying to make ends meet and I can’t even afford to have a car yet. What is the point of a government that does nothing to support the people. I thought the government was ran “FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.” Congress needs to get their selves together and stop all the BS and fix this economy so that people can live better instead of trying to make it difficult for people to survive!! In order for us to progress it must start now!

February 16, 2013 at 1:38 am
(36) matt says:

Lets just give everyone a raise. If you don’t want to make minimum wage its simple. Get a job that pays more. If you don’t have the skills, learn them. Stop bitching about I don’t make enough. Use that thing inside your head and figure out YOUR problem.

February 16, 2013 at 8:00 am
(37) Fragglefrock says:

Why don’t the people at the top try living on the current minimum wage? I bet a week of pulling in about $290 (before taxes) will make them question the current wage too

February 16, 2013 at 8:12 am
(38) D Priest says:

Well Frank..I don’t think that as a business owner you should take that position. If you are business owner who worked hard to gain and maintain your business, then you may need to be a bit more sensitive to the people who work for you, because you do not know their backgrounds. I am sure you understand the struggles of going forward. You should never generalize out of work as lazy and then we have to pay for them, get over it. Welcome to America. You pay taxes, but all the money goes all places, not just to welfare recipients. We all pay taxes. like it or not, but then America has been paying taxes since before you were ever a thought, which means you were raised upon taxes, so it should be nothing new. You sound like a hoarder,” I want all my money, it’s mine and you can’t have it!” Grow up, Frank, I’m sure your mother has told you that more than once. Enough about you. Cost of living goes up every where and so should minimum wage everywhere. True enough some states, especially resort or tourist attracted states are usually highest to live in, rents and mortgages, foods and gas can be very costly. I own several business for over 20 years. I pay taxes, blah blah blah. I say if we want to keep making money, the money from consumers has to be realistic, in order for the business to stay around because we need that currency to change hands. The revolving door needs to keep swinging. I say help America Obama! Do the best you can. People will feel as they do regardless of who’s in office. In closing it seems some need to gain some sense instead of losing their minds when it comes to the cents the have to share.

February 16, 2013 at 9:29 am
(39) Sam says:

I own a small mom & pop restaurant. If min. wage goes up, we will have to close our doors. I have not paid myself one red cent since opening the doors. Our prices are low so folks can afford to eat out. We only have 4 paid part time employees so they will be out of work too.

February 16, 2013 at 10:38 am
(40) CarolO says:

I don’t understand why this should be debatable. People that make a bit more each week might go to a movie or out to dinner more often. They might be able to buy a newer car or buy some new furniture or some new shoes for the family. If people HAVE, people SPEND.

If you own a business and are perhaps not making a ton of money doesn’t mean your employees should also go home with nothing! You are getting your home and store paid for, your taxes paid and your utilities paid. Your employees might like to be doing the same thing.

Every time the wage goes up, some business owner cries he will have to close his doors.

February 16, 2013 at 10:46 am
(41) CaroO says:

What Sam is not saying is that servers make barely nothing. Like about $3 an hour. The tips they get go toward figuring out their minimum wage so in reality, the CUSTOMER is paying their wages, not him.

There are many hours a day a waitress makes nothing in tips. They clean floors, wash windows, wash dishes and do a lot of jobs during a shift and get NO tips during that time.

February 16, 2013 at 11:42 am
(42) Clare says:

I’ve been working at the same job for over three years, and have only been given measley raises whenever min wage creeps up.
I make 8.15/hour after 3 years of employment!! What a disgrace..

February 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(43) jOHN says:

Understandably, all of us making barely anything would love to see min wage go up. But at a time when unemployment is sky high, we shouldnt further limit the amount of jobs by raising min wage to this level (right now!! im all for a raise at some point)

But for example, if Biz owner Joe has 100 dollars to pay his employees with, at 7.25 per hour he can hire 13-14 people.
whereas at 9/hr he can hire 12 people.

Now broaden that scale to the whole country, with much larger amounts than 100 dollars that i used as an example.

It’s just not the right time to do this, with people making zero dollars an hour because they can’t get hired. Person A who is jobless will gladly take Person B’s job at 7.25, just to get by. Until unemployment goes down, a large increase in min wage would not help anyone.

Short term, people might be happy. But it wont help them when prices of everything creep up and unemployment continues to rise.

February 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(44) Pete says:

If a business owner can’t operate without properly be responsible to it’s employees close down. So what. Who cares if you went to college and worked hard all these years, that’s life and we all go through real hardships educated or not. They should have considered this in opening a business in the first place. What matters is being fair and responsible to fellow Americans and this attitude I’m owed a great life no matter how it affects others is a cowardly, unrealistic part of our problem. Sure there are many lesser ambitious people out there, just blame it on them so you can justify you’re mismanagement.

February 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm
(45) lynn says:

To all the people who want wages to go up!! GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND GET A BETTER EDUCATION!! I have 4 children and no CHILD SUPPORT, I have been to school and gotten 2 degrees. The first one I was making almost 12 hr, but went back to school to make more. Making almost 20 now, but still have 2 jobs to support my family. I don’t get food stamps, like the lower income people do. If, you look at it the lower income people get the same as we do. They get free food stamps, free medical care, free help to pay for bills, and on housing. What does the higher income people get? We can’t eat steak every night because we have to pay for it , we have to pay our insurance and still have to pay high co pays to see the doctor. We have to limit our selves how we use our utilities because we have to pay for them. We can’t get help like the lower income people do!!! Their is no reason not to go back to school, always want something given and everybody else had to work for what they got. Alot of workers have been on a job starting out making 15k a year, they had to stay at their employer to build their pay up. If, the wages increase for cost of living it needs to be for everybody not just low income. All the people who gets help because they are low income they need to be taxed on medicad and food stamps at the end of the year instead of getting all that credit from income tax ,THAT THEY NEVER PAID IN.

February 17, 2013 at 11:49 am
(46) mike says:

The problem with raising minimum wage is that all prices will go up to compensate for it. I work at mcdonalds in michigan for our state minimum wage of $7.40 and starting today the price of a mcdouble went up 10 cents for no obvious reason. mcdonalds is a massive company and makes plenty without raising their prices. And not only that, we recently hired a lot of new employees because almost all of the full time workers had their hours get cut, why? because obamacare says full time workers have to be offered insurance now and mcdonalds doesnt wanna pay it, doesn’t the government think about those effects when they do things? The only way to keep a full 40 hours now is to go to the district manager saying you don’t want insurance and sign waivers agreeing to it.

February 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm
(47) Cashstock Moneybags says:

So far, not one person has actually addressed the issue here. The question is always asked as one form or another of, “What should the minimum amount of wealth redistribution for labor be?” The question that actually develops a solution is “How can we increase production?”

Fact that liberals deny or distort: At the right price, any product created will sell. If you produce more than your country consumes, at the right price your surplus will export.

Facts that explain why our economy is imploding:

#1, Only mining, manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry and construction create wealth. All other activity is supported by the wealth created by these means.

#2, Only 21% of economic activity creates wealth. 21.5% of GDP *is* the interest itself collected in debt plus rents. We pay more in rent and interest than we generate in wealth. We are, as an economic entity, broke on payday, before buying groceries.

Every dollar that circulates is effectively counterfeit, as we’ve already lost the actual value of all products created to interest payments.

#3, 29% of economic activity revolves around service workers serving service workers and buying imported goods with currency borrowed or printed out of thin air to support their paychecks. Another 14% of “economic activity” is government spending.

Instead of revamping industry, which will actually create wealth to redistribute and create middle class wages to unskilled laborers, we’re encouraging people to get McJobs and promising them a wage based not on productive value, but the cost of living.

We have two choices: start a new industrial revolution or collapse under the weight of our own debt.

February 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm
(48) shane says:

Guys, I now its hard out here, but a increase in the minimum wage is not the answer .. live within our means and don’t take on more responsibility until you can afford to… im a small business owner, and sometimes I don’t get paid at all . See its not the greedy business owners that are the problem…
Get a skill that pays more by getting a education.
stop complaining about making ais minimum wage
at no skill job… if we increase the minimum wage its going to hurt the very people its meant to help. Businesses will have to pass it on to the consumers

February 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm
(49) Keisha says:

This comment is for lynn and a lot of others on here… First of all i thnk mw should go up… It should go up enough for people to be able to live… Its a lot of people out here workin two jobs and still cnt maintain… People that have a criminal bkground can barely get a job… And oan… U have to be financially able to go to school… So maybe ur husband or ur parents supported you throughout school and not everyone has that type of support… Im all for mw goin up… I read in another comment where if we make more we could spend more… Im pretty sure its a lot of people who would like a new car or get new furniture but they cnt do anythng nice for themselves cuz they are living paycheck to paycheck and when they are done payin bills they barely have enough for food… Im a witness to that… I was enrolled in school and my boyfriend works at wendys… No kids… I had to drop school cuz tha car got repossesed… I lost my job.. He is tha only one working.. We are staying out of a motel room and barely have enough money left to eat.. Yes i would love to get up and go to work everyday but due to my bkground ita hard to get a job… And no im not a bad person just got caught up 13 yrs ago running with tha wrong crowd and at tha wrong place at tha wrong time so now its hard for me to get a job or an apt due to that…. So until u have walked in our shoes… Dnt be so quick to speak… Thnk u guys… #team mw….

February 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(50) B says:

My company has over 12000 employees. They start out with a minimum of $9.00 starting wage, and that was 3 years ago. If they can afford this & provide excellent benifits to the employees, which they do. The others can follow suit to. They profit each year in the billions, so I don’t want to hear how a mom & pop store can’t manage this. My company did when they opened the doors in 1955. Maybe if you can’t do it then you should sk for a model to see how they do it so you can to & still manage to keep your doors open and end your fiscal year in the green ;)

February 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm
(51) Billy says:

I know all these people talking about what the “people at the top” make vs. min wage seem to be hungry to take their money. This proved itself in our most recent election. However, here is something to think about when thinking about minimum wage, unions, cost of living, etc.

Say for example fast food, gas, convenient stores, etc. When the rich are taxed, think of the richest of all (oil companies). You think taxing them takes their money? No, not one cent. Taxing them they will raise the price of gas to compensate and ensure they make the same % of profit they did before. This means, as costs go up, they will actually make MORE money. Since the taxes on oil pay for nearly 1/3 of our government, they are not about to hinder the fuel company’s ability to profit. When gas prices go up as well as all the simple labor jobs used in operating a business or the union jobs/benefits go up, it’s exponential.

In our beloved Twinkies, the cost of the farm workers goes up on the grain, and every other ingredient. Then the cost to ship the raw materials goes up as the wages go up for delivery people and gas. Then the cost of the workers that cook/make the food and package it goes up with workers’ wages. Then the cost of wages/gas increases delivery cost to the grocery stores whose costs go up as union store workers’ wages increase and as landlords raise rent because their cost of living has gone up. This trickling effect is huge and exponential. Every increase is multiplied by the layers of people affected by the increase. Most businesses can’t and won’t operate on less than 3% profit because the first time something goes bad, there’s no room to breathe and the company goes under. As costs rise, the salary of execs either rises, or the business goes under. When that happens, the execs invest in something else and the workers once employed join the ranks of those searching for a new job or career.

February 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm
(52) dan says:

My philosophy is employer pays “minimum wage” do the minimum work put in no extra effort make them hire more people to pay the “minimum” and in the end it just costs them more money. Also don’t report employee theft or things like that remember your making “minimum” wage do less they don’t care about you don’t care about them let them lose money they don’t care how much you have just remember their paying you that because they can’t pay you any less

February 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(53) Billy says:

@Dan your philosophy would only imply in a world that does not exist. To the contrary, some of the hardest paying employees I’ve ever met make minimum wage or close to it. Have you ever met a government employee? Or a union worker that knows he has job security? They could give a crap less about you or anyone else they come in contact with. I know government employees that take long lunches so they can sit out in their car and smoke pot and know they have nothing to worry about while I’ve seen an AM/PM or 7-11 cashier handle 3+ transactions a minute trying to keep the line at bay during lunch or the morning rush. Have you ever seen a Cal-Trans worker? I remember watching them work on the road right outside my office building for 4 years. People making twice what I was making as the manager of my office that I barely ever even seen move. I could look outside and see one person doing light work at best while 5 others sat down and watched. Or since most liberals like to trash talk the rich, how many execs at McDonalds do you think work as hard as the farm hands that pick the lettuce for their sandwiches or harvest the grain for their buns? The truth is, job security and higher wages makes people lazy. The only time people that make more money work harder is when it’s their money on the line.

February 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm
(54) Steve says:

Increasing the minimum wage just causes inflation. It brings down moral to the employees making over minimum wage. Lets say you are a manager making $9.00 an hour and the increase happens. You will not get an adjustment of $1.75, but have to train people making the same amount of money you strived to make. If you don’t think the minimum wage does not effect the cost of things then what ever happened to the Wendys 99 cent value menu? Why is it now just a value menu? Because of the last increase in minimum wage. It will cause the national dept to increase do to the value of the dollar dropping. Work harder and get a better paying job instead of increasing minimum wage. Raises will stop for the people making above minimum wage to compensate the increase of cost for the employees making minimun wage. Just a bad idea.

February 18, 2013 at 12:20 am
(55) Billy says:

Very true Steve, but so much more than that.
Think of say government workers that used to be considered civil servants.

In 1996 I worked for $4.25 an hour and had a friend that worked for the welfare department as a secretary and she made $6.00 an hour. Now I remember when minimum wage went up to $5.75 an hour they got a raise in accordance with the % they already made over minimum wage vs. the % min wage went up along with their regular raise. Today, that same job I had now pays $8.00 an hour and the same job she had (which I know someone else that just applied) pays $17/hour+ to start. Now my $4.25 job didn’t have any benefits, no retirement, medical, anything. Her old job has full medical & dental for her and her family, benefits that would be half the pay at my old job or more. The more money unskilled jobs that have no educational requirements pay, the more money people who work hard, climb up employment trees, and get an education feel they are entitled to. That’s why when I made $4.25 an hour I was able to afford my own place to live, all my bills, and live an okay lifestyle. Today, $4k+ a month in hard expenses and I still don’t live as financially comfortable as I did then.

February 18, 2013 at 12:38 am
(56) Robin Thomas says:

I think everyone should work toward becoming self sufficient. Including going herbal for health issues. Stop supporting the rich to make them more rich. Western meds kill you. Everyone is so mind controlled with technology today and all those rich people are loving it! We are robots!We need a 2013 Thomas Jefferson and I couldnt imagine life without my God and his son Jesus Christ!

February 18, 2013 at 1:58 am
(57) NotGettingNineAnHour says:

What are all you people talking about? Minimum wage for Servers in restaurants is $2.13 an hour. I don’t see this POS dictator helping out this category.

February 18, 2013 at 2:27 am
(58) Jean says:

Everyone for the rise in minimum wage needs to get an education! They are using “u’s” for you and three periods after completing a sentence! That’s part of the problem people are undereducated and don’t deserve jobs that pay more because they are unskilled and want everything given to them!

February 18, 2013 at 9:43 am
(59) suzan says:

I just left a job that paid 8.25 an hour, which I worked very hard to get to that point. I have been with the same company 3 years, with my boss expecting everything for very little pay. He did not pay overtime for overtime worked. But I hung in there because I needed a job. I covered another store for him 42 miles from home, because he needed a new manager to take over. I did not get a raise, and he did not pay for the gas I had to be out, for driving such a distance. Not to mention the wear and tear on my car. I now need new tires, which I can not afford to buy.
All this led me to look for another job. I found one with less pay, which could work in to more. But I just could not afford to work for this boss anymore. He was costing me way to much money and my bills were not getting paid. Small business owners I am not asking for a raise to the minimum wage. But when you find someone, who is willing to go far and above what others will do, then you need to compensate them. This is only right. Or you loose your good employees, and find yourself, covering their shifts. Just saying.

February 18, 2013 at 11:41 am
(60) Rich says:

Is everyone really missing the obvious? If the minimum wage is increased, business owners will raise the cost of their products and/or services. They will do this to offset the cost of the increased labor bill. What good is it to earn $9/hr. if a gallon of milk is increased to $20?

February 18, 2013 at 11:53 am
(61) Robert J Schundler says:

The Min.Wage will hurt the poor, the working poor, and the non-working poor…. costing some their jobs, making jobs more differcult for the unskill to get, and for those on fixed income like the aged, it will drive up the cost of goods and support services while leaving their “safe income” devalued. An increase in the Min. Wage is a mean thing to do to the poor, and those trying to get a job to lean some valuable skills. It is good for the underground economy in poor areas, and it is good for our foreign compeditors who want to unsell our domestic goods. It is good if you want to promote unemployment … and if you want to get elected by people who are to uneducated to know that they are hurt by the min.wage. The best thing government could do would be to repeal the min. wage or to lower it in time of high unemployment.

February 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm
(62) Brad says:

Prices were going up on everything before they raised minimum wage in 2009. When gas prices started going up everything else went up with it because of costs in shipping. It was only logical that minimum wage would go up too, as it should have. I think $10 is reasonable in today’s economy.

February 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(63) April says:

There is a lot wrong. Some like Frank are already filthy rich or he wouldn’t talk like he did. Let him work in a minimum wage job for a Day a he would change his tune. Not all owners are this way. Some are respectable, treat their employees with respect and pay them respectably. I am currently working a 7.25/hour job, part-time. My husband works full time and has been at the same job for 17 years. He only makes 13.00/hour after all that time. He is a supervisor of his depart. Works for recreation, so he has to work very, very hard each and every day and that is what he makes. The same dept every year, have so much money in their equipment budget the team has to go spend a bunch of leftover money at end of year on equipment they don’t need But they can’t pay their employees. We have three kids. We don’t use cell phones. I have a laptop because I work on my laptop. And we can barely buy food to last the whole month long. Isn’t something wrong with that? Oh, and by the way, in the same city my husband works in the city manager makes 100,000 a year. income is way too unbalanced. No one should make astronomical amounts of money a year(and I am talking about millions and millions per person) But my family has enough to live on this Earth barelly and that’s about it. We get up, work, eat, sleep and start all over again. Never any addional funds to do something fun, not even the cheap stuff. But when will it change because the ones that care can’t make anything happen because the greedy people don’t want to lose a dime of their money. Put them in our shoes, they would change their tune.

February 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(64) Help says:

We are lost in a world of dumb ass’s . Who do you think pays for the wage increase? You do. You think your hurting for money now ? How bad do you think it is going to be when a candy bar is $3. Or a McDonald’s value meal goes up to $15 bucks . Then what ? Maybe minimum wage should just go up to $20 an hour .
You people relay are lost !!

February 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm
(65) Steve says:

If you raise minimum wage to the poverty line, would it generate any additional income tax revenue? Maybe a better way to put it, would the 47% become 43% or 39% or … ? And how many people would come off welfare and/or food stamps? Could raising minimum wage be a mechanism to increase tax revenue and lower spending simultaneously?

I’m a construction manager, and I’m assuming my industry is like most others – production driven, whether its fabricating a product, answering phones, or ringing up customers. For a task with a constant production rate, in order to produce more, you need more man-hours. To maintain production, you maintain man-hours. The exception in both scenarios is discovering a faster way to produce. So I generally disagree with the belief that employers will lay-off or cut hours and unemployment will go up if they have to pay employees more, because then you won’t get as much work done. If the employers do lay people off, their idiots, you should be raising prices or lowering margins. When our tradesmen get a raise, we increase the prices at which we bid work. So in the end, the customer pays.

February 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm
(66) Melinda says:

Everything should be manufactured here in the good old USA. Made here, sold here. I believe all the importing has taken our jobs away. Simple as that…

February 19, 2013 at 7:43 am
(67) Unappreciated says:

Minimun wages should have an increase simply because everything has already had an increase in prices since the minimum wage went up in 09. Every year the leasing properties raise their rent by $20-25. A gallon of milk where I live is $4.66. Things that I need to take care of my child are up. Not everyone rely on government assistance. I work extremely hard to make ends meet. My girlfriend has been working for the national company for 5 years plus and is a manager, yet doesn’t get paid as a manager and even works 40+ hrs and still has her hrs cut to 30 per week. Things like car notes, insurance, rent, food, clothes, and etc are out of reach because these corporations are gaining on us and not giving us the proper compensation for our services rendered. I’m very aware that the increase will bring more inflation, but in my opinion that $9 will give us a fighting chance to live a little more easier than $7.25. So yes give us that $2.75 raise I think it is well overdue.

February 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(68) Don't like the fed says:

The best thing for this country is small government. People wanting the government to bail them out and raise the minimum wage is hogwash. If you want to start making more than start voting for people who aren’t your traditional two party politicians. Ron Paul has been telling people this would happen since the 80s. Big government and higher taxes is what your gonna get if you look to them to save you from employers. I believe in no minimum wage and no public education. Why should tax payers have to pay for education for kids who don’t want to be there and won’t use the education they are given. I was home schooled till high school and my education was leaps and bounds over everyone else’s. so why are we paying for a program that is not producing positive results. The people want the government to offer these programs that don’t work for people and don’t have to to stay in business. Propose to end federal involve meant and watch your money come back to your state. Big corporations can do what they want they get government subsidies for doing what big brother wants. You will make what they pay you to because you allowed the government to get so big. One to many bushes Nixon and Obama alone have sealed this countries fate. In Washington there is no republican and democrat just politicians playing the game that you let them play. When people are starving and there is actually people in the streets and no order then you will see. The best thing to do would have Obama impeached for treason and do the same to congress and close the federal reserve. Let people deal with there own problems let small business’s flourish by not taxing them at all.

February 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm
(69) Jonah says:

IThe fact of the matter is that this issue applies to people from all walks of life, who have taken different paths. It’s a lot deeper than work harder, get education, learn skills. In a perfect world everyone would be capable of this, but unfortunately everyone isn’t. It’s important to not take for granted, what you know. Just because you know that these things are the key to success, doesn’t mean everybody else does, that they’ve had opportunity to learn it or that they’re capable. I think it’s insensitive and elitist to just say work harder, go to college to get a skill, or fall off, when everyone is not able. Raising minimum wage would help a lot of people who may have been put in areas where education is poor, homes are broken, and as a result of that constant cycle their upbringing wasn’t healthy enough for them to be in a position, to get the same opportunities and learning experiences that some of the people in better financial situation have. Another fact is many people who work minimum wage jobs, work just as hard as anyone else, so why not give them a raise to make things better. I can understand how a small business may be skeptical about this, but the big businesses who employ most of these people shouldn’t have a problem.

February 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(70) Christina says:

No one opposes raises when Congress received theirs…they should think about those who put them there. with the passinsg of that bill, everyone will be able to pay their fair share of taxes, afford insurance and put food on the table with the extra little disposable income.

February 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(71) Justin says:

How is the economy gonna be affected by this? Is inflation gonna keep people working because prices are up enough to counter balance the higher wages? I personally make 7.25 and I think it will keep people in the same position they are in now if the minimum wage goes up to 9.00 because that will just make prices go up even more. if some thinks any different I would love to hear another side of the issue!

February 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm
(72) glenn says:

Great idea raise minimum wage then prices can up so we will need to raise minimum wage again then we can raise minimum wages again

February 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm
(73) cher says:

Small business are struggling as it is now. I am an owner and I dont make a killing, I very seldom get a day off or a vacation. I understand that in general minimum wage should go up but this is a shock to small businesses like myself and it will hurt because the business I am in it depends on the amount of business we get on how much we are able to give raises. I give raises to those that deserve it, however, there are some that do not deserve it. What am I to do? We have no insentive to grow and surely cant if this happens.

February 20, 2013 at 4:27 am
(74) shegotitall says:

All that talking about wages..I think I work to hard to be making 7.50 a hour as a cna.If it wasn’t for cna who would bath,turn,change,and feed the resident..Not theDoct not the Lpn.The cna do all the work.And to top all that you have to be here for 5 years for a 15cent raise..Lol but true.Yea give me 9& ten10.Please get off that 7.I like buying my kids new clothes more than one pair of shoes a year

February 20, 2013 at 10:59 am
(75) Spagirl says:

I own a day spa, and I can tell you that we have had to lower our prices to get more people in the door! My receptionist makes minimum wage and works part time and goes to school part time. When minimum wage goes to $9 I’m not sure if I can afford her. When the price of services have dropped almost 50% it makes it very difficult. Minimum wage jobs should be for those that are high school or college students. That’s how it has always been! No offense but for those of you grown adults working on minimum wage benefits you should have thought about that earlier in life and changed the path you went down. Its not anyone’s fault but your own. If you have to get a second job to support your family that’s a path you have taken. My mom and dad had 2 jobs when I was a little kid till they finished school. You cant expect the small business owner to pay you higher wages just because you feel you deserve it. Especially when we are making less money! Think of how many people are going to be laid off now! Yes the prices have risen in some areas but in other areas people have had to drop their prices just to stay in business!

February 20, 2013 at 11:43 am
(76) Kemlynn says:

Okay so if they are going to raise mim wage then are they going to make my employer give me an additional $2 an hour pay raise?! This is a load of crap… i busted my rear to get where i am and every time they raise mim wage i take a pay cut… bc when they raise mim wage its like a trickle effect… employers have to raise prices in order to afford their employess… clothing will go up… groceries will go up…. rent will go up…. so everyone who thinks this will help you it wont… its not going to help a bit if the cost of living goes right on up with it …

February 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(77) Christopher says:

Your all fools! I understand it would take a revamp of everything, but think about it, people would actually enjoy what they do and be able to choose the skill they excel at and enjoy most, in turn trading their skills with others skills to make things work, that is honest work. No work and very few will ever be comepletely honest while a currency is in tact.. The barter system worked for thousands of years, and our species as humans would once again excel and become more as we will be inclined to bettering ourselves rather than distracted and fighting for something that in the end is worth nothing.. Greedy bastards.. It is unnecessary, open your mind, close your mouth and listen as well as consider new(in this case also old) possibilities, i America did this man countries would follow, eliminate war, corruption, greed, poverty and so much more that clouds the minds of billions.. We all have beautiful and incredible potential that has yet to cease to exist, time to grow up and work together.

February 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(78) Faye says:


February 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(79) kyle says:

Don’t blame obama, take a college government course and you’ll see the U.S. was already going to the dump. So many people are arrogant in what they believe, and refuse to see the other side, or even see the truth. I don’t give a crudd about minimum wage. It should stand as is, and people should be smart enough not to spend there money on tobacco products and beer (which are multi million $$ industry’s). 7.25 is plenty for a full time college student with a part time job.

February 21, 2013 at 3:45 am
(80) terry ellis says:

I think they should raise it because, the cost of living has went up and would also make people want to keep their jobs instead of trying to find better paying jobs to make up for what they are not needed getting paid as of now,we could all use that extra money to help out with bills and buying food for our family’s. I would like to see those people come and live off of what we make week to week and then they would see how hard it is to make ends meet!

February 21, 2013 at 11:33 am
(81) kimberly says:


February 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(82) annonymous feb2013 says:

i think making minimum wage any higher would result in a lot more small businesses closing!!! it’s a mistake!! payroll taxes are already high enough! i work at a small business and we already have to match taxes taken out plus 3% more on social security!!! what about all the hard earned employees who make $10 and hour and are happy with that, then someone coming in gets the same amount they are getting and they HAVE seniority!! this makes no sense!

February 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm
(83) Anonymous says:

Minimum wage should only be increased when necessary to account for steep inflation. Secondly, minimum wage is enough to live off of as long as you are not spending your money on stupid, unnecessary goods you cannot afford such as a nice car, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, expensive electronics, etc. If you want all of the luxury items in life go to college, get a degree, and look for skilled labor opportunities. If you don’t want to go to school then either start your own business, invent a product, or work your minimum wage job and stop bitching to the successful, ambitious people about paying higher taxes so you can get free money. It’s your choice not to attend college and you should be held accountable for your actions.

February 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm
(84) Lady says:

No matter how much minimum wage increases everything else will increase as well. And the new $9 will be equivalent to the $7.25 you get today.

February 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(85) ashley says:

I think if u goin to increase 7 states u should do all because the gas in south louisiana is 360 a gallon and we barley can live off of what we make much less have money to put gas

February 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm
(86) MWelch says:

I have 2 children and a husband who is disabled and I work for minimum wage (still 7.25 in Arkansas). I know how very difficult it is to try to earn a living at minimum wage. I don’t buy extras very often…I only buy the absolute necessities in my home and I have to deal with disconnect/shut off notices every month because my pay is not enough to cover all my bills on time. I can barely afford to buy groceries for my family so YES I hope they do raise minimum wage and I hope it is very soon. I also only work part time and unfortunately due to my own disabling condition I am unable to work full time and also I am unable to get a second job which I would love to be able to do.

Also, for information purposes, the current poverty level for a two-income household of four is 8.00 per hour. So anyone who lives in a one-income household of four working for minimum wage (7.25) is below poverty level so again YES MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD BE INCREASED and IT SHOULD BE INCREASED SOON

February 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm
(87) alexander says:

The mininum wage should be increased 725 is nothing to make a liveing on if companies cant pay fair wages they shouldnt exist the cost og liveing has skyrocketed in many places along with gas food etc. pay more money this isnt the 80s

February 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm
(88) Wendy says:

I think that every one that is associated with the white house Including the so called president should live off 7.25 try raising kids, make house or rent payment, car payment, utilities, Insurance, medical, HUMMMMM think they would be willing??? Hell no because they do NOT CARE about us poor people,,, they only care for them selves.. HOW SAD IN THE SO CALLED RICHEST COUNTRY we cannot hardly live pay bills and eat like those SOB’s

February 22, 2013 at 1:01 am
(89) Tammy says:

If min wage goes up to 9.00 hfr, your number one at Mickie d’s will go up to 8.00. Not counting what it will bring up food cost to us. Min wage was not set or the family person, but for the school kid who needed to make a few dollars while in school.
Anyone needing to make more should try and better their education for the real jobs. Don’t settle for less. Plenty of government money out there for YOU to receive for your education, an therefor a better paying job.

February 22, 2013 at 11:10 am
(90) Tiffany says:

Minimum wage increases, then prices on goods do. Its a never ending cycle. The cost of living will always be high. Businesses will have to pay their employees which will lead to higher products. Its a circle.

February 22, 2013 at 11:49 am
(91) B says:

Hiram Robinson,

People who earn minimum wage don’t pay taxes.

February 23, 2013 at 10:38 am
(92) Jennifer Richardson says:

The bottom line is if you want to get people of off food stamps and government assistance you have to be reasonable. For example, why would someone even want to work for minimum wage when you look at the price of gas. That’s why people are lazy now. They figure I can just collect food stamps, I am not spending $70 on gas, $50 on food, ($120.00), just to make $80.00 per week. This is the general feeling. So if you want to stop paying for people’s “so called” laziness then maybe you should get on board with the new minimum wage. Either way something has to give.

February 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm
(93) B b says:

Not entirely relevant but if you are privileged enough to have a Netflix account you should watch “Happy”. A wealth of perspective!

February 24, 2013 at 11:37 am
(94) Peach says:

I agree and disagree with everyone. Only a small percent of wealthy people are so called lucky SOB’s that are making astronomical figures. Others, got educated and worked hard to get somewhere. Lawyers, doctors, government workers spent years and took out loans on education, in order to get somewhere. I came to US from another country at the age of 16 in 1999 due to terrorist attacks, learned English, went to college, graduated, became a citizen, working. I did what I could and it wasn’t easy, so DON’T YOU even tell me THAT YOU, a natural born citizen of your country, can’t do better than I did. The country that offers you everything and spoon feeds you and all you have to do is get off your ass and take it. It’s your choice that you are a McDonald’s employee, your fault if you hate your job, not mine, not your rich neighbor’s, not the government, IT’S ON YOU! You want to afford better food? Get a better job. Can’t get a better job? Get an education. There are circumstances when people make wrong choices and bad decisions, but again, it is your own fault, whether you had kids at an early age, or you spent 15 years serving coffee, hoping that this will become your career and you will live comfortably without putting any effort. Think about it.

February 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm
(95) KJ says:

I’ve never had a minimum wage Job, I still think it should increase, most of the people bitching about it make way more than $9 an hour anyway. Yeah they worked for it, so you should have more money, a nicer car a bigger house, that doesn’t mean someone working a minimum wage job should have nothing, rent a one or two bedroom house and struggle every single day. That’s ridiculous, no one that works 40 hours a week should have to live like that. SOMEONE has to do these jobs to keep the country running. Your favorite sports store, the grocery store where you get your food, the gas station where you get your gas, the movies you love to see , the stores where you buy all your clothes, most of these all make below $9/hr and if no one else was doing it what would you do? Your life wouldn’t be nearly as convenient as it is today. So yeah maybe you worked a little harder to have nicer things but you can’t expect these people to have nothing. Last, go look at the cost of living vs wages and how many hours you needed to work in the 50s to live compared to now. I think you need to work something like 117hrs a week to equal 40 hrs a week in the 50s (adjusted for inflation.) A cost of living increase is a great idea. I would like to see maybe some tax breaks for smaller businesses or some kind of financial structure to help them. I’m sorry but for the most part if you’re running a business and you can’t afford to pay employees $9/hr you’re not doing something right. With the exception of some businesses.

February 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(96) rachal says:

I guess I should fly a sign and go on welfare.then youd yell at me and tell me to get a job that doesnt pay a living wage so id have to go on welfare anyway.i guess I could borrw tons of money to go to college have debt and still not have a drcent paying job.

February 25, 2013 at 1:17 am
(97) Firefighter says:

I wish minimum wage would be brought up to $9 an hour. I currently work part time as a firefighter, full time firefighter jobs are far and few between. When I work I work a full time shift at a part time wage. The guys I work with are considered full time. Them being considered full time and me part time are the only differences in our jobs. I do the same work they do and encounter the same risks, all of their gear and uniforms are issued to them I had to provide my own. For a 24 hour shift, doing and being expected to do the same amount of work that the full time guys do before taxes I get paid 180 dollars, where as my full time counterpart who does everything I am expected to do receives a little under 500 dollars AFTER taxes.

Kinda messed up that as part time doing a full time job I only receive 7.50 an hour and no benefits, in a job that is considered a dangerous job.

February 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(98) Sara says:

I agree that the minimum wage should go up to $10-$12 an hour BUT- if that happens I think those who have worked hard for 20 years at a job to get their current $15 an hour- they should also be raised the same amount. After all, is it fair for someone to work a big chunk of their lives to prosper and then have it taken away because of the economy? And, basically that is what it is.
Everything we use has increased in price- that is why wages need to go up. But, employee loyalty doesn’t need to be rewarded by taking away their gains from remaining loyal to a company. That would contribute to this ripping away of the very fabric that this country was created by and take away any incentive for loyalty to any employer.
Our parents knew what it was like to stand for something. Don’t we need to try to honor their sacrifices by trying to copy their example- at least a little? Pay employees a decent wage and care enough to make sure they are healthy enough to work by giving them health insurance either as a benefit of the job or at a low cost for their hard work. This country and world has become too cut throat for its own good. Its time we went back to decency and integrity in our work places!

February 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(99) nobody says:

i’m a manager in a fast food restaurant and i can guarantee that minimum wage going from 725 to 9 dollars is extreme. there is no way we can pay everyone at least 9 dollars an hour and keep our doors open. what’s gonna happen is every business is going to raise their prices so high nobody’s gonna want to eat there. we have inventory costs labor costs maintenance on the building there are so many factors to running a business we’re barely making a profit now. alot of places are going to shut down and leave more people out of work. and this is what obama wants. he’s creating chaos and we’re letting him do it. i just hope that when it’s time to stand up and fight for our country that we all do it no matter what the risks. this is not a good thing people.

February 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(100) kristain says:

wages should be 10.00 and hour some peolpe cant leave off of 8 to 9 and hour hard working peolpe at that

February 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(101) sonyaclee says:

My thing is that you do got hard working people out there. That dont depend on help from the government. But when you got to put a roof over your head and food to eat and a ride to go back and forward to work you got to get some help and gas dont forget . You got to get a second job to make endsmeat so yes wages should go up so you rich people that was born with the silver spoon should pay taxes like the poor and middle class people

February 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm
(102) Sorry but ah NO says:

Sorry, but I strongly disagree. Market should dictate the wage, not the government. Minimum wages are for those with limited skills. You want more money, improve your skills. There is a reason why its the minimum and if anyone is screaming that they need a livable wage, I would suggest they work for it.

February 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm
(103) ker says:

I own a small business that hires 15 years and up. I do agree that for anyone who lives on their own minium wage ($7.25) would be difficult to live off of, but explain to me why a 15 years old should make what a 18 year old does. They do not have the same expenses and responsibilites. In most circumstances parents are still responsible for kids until their 18. I sell ice cream cones, do you realize what I would have to charge if minium wage would increase to $9.00. All I could say is oops another small business has closed it’s doors.

February 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(104) SUNKIST77 says:


February 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(105) me says:

Interesting reading and i respect everyone’s right to their own perspective. I am an educated, skilled, experienced adult. I was employed with the same company for almost 19 yrs making 18.00 he. During that time i was denied raises and even took pay cuts during layoffs and took on more duties just to keep my job. I watched costs for things go up and my check get smaller with no relief in sight. I adjusted my way of life to survive. I was laid off 16 mths ago. Blessed with unemployment ( lower income) i again adjusted my living trying to survive. I eventually had to move in with family. Found a really cheap place to live and eliminated as many expenses as possible. Now my unemployment is ending but i have found a part time job, 15-20 hrs a week at 7.50 hr. When i calculate basic living expenses ( no medical ins, dr visits when ill, no clothing or

shoes, etc) i don’t really think it will cover everything. Buy being raised in a timer where you work and handle

March 3, 2013 at 10:20 am
(106) Kathy says:

From the list I see Washington is the only one going to over $ 9.00,

March 4, 2013 at 2:02 am
(107) a2thay says:

yes its time for a raise because everything is going up except for pay rate

March 4, 2013 at 10:11 am
(108) Destiny says:

I am a 28 year old college graduate. I workpart time for minimum wage of $7.25. I scour job boards, am enrolled with every temp agency within a 40 mile radius of my town (That includes Chicago and the surrounding suburbs), apply to jobs whenever I see them available, and have been told that I am over qualified. I’m only saying this so you understand that I am not doing the bare minimum and trying to be financially stable. I do not have children and cannot afford what I have to pay in bills. I do not make car payments, have expensive bills (they total 500 a month), or mismanage my money by buying frivolous things. I am not on any form of government assistance because I am trying, and faiiling, to do it on my own. I cannot afford food. But if minimum wage goes up food and all other costs will go up as well. I would love to make a living wage but the only way that is going to happen is if jobs are created in companies that can and will pay higher than the minimum. The sad reality is that the recession forced companies to rethink their business plans and showed them that productivity levels can be maintained with minimum staff. Why would any business owner with half a brain hire people they knew they didn’t need? The minimum wage was raised less than 5 years ago. They are throwing money at a problem that is only going to get worse. Over population, big business (like Walmart who is the number 1 employer in most states) and technology have hurt this country and I don’t see a way of fixing it. Do not raise the minimum wage create more entry level jobs and jobs for college graduates. Focus on more small businesses and less corporate power.

March 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(109) cris says:

increase the minimum wage to atleast 9$ would help a lot of people that work part-time to atleast pay the rent every month since u cant find any full time job now a days. Or stop sending jobs overseas we were fine before the manufacturing jobs went overseas. Why send jobs overseas when people from those countries dont even buy your products because they dont need washing machine, diswasher, cars etc.. then you ship it back here to sell are you really that stupid???no one will buy your stupid products because u took all their jobs and people dont have income and you complain why your company is bankcrupt and need bail out money! go figure!

March 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(110) cris says:

increase the minimum wage to atleast 9$ would help a lot of people that work part-time to atleast pay the rent every month since u cant find any full time job now a days. Or stop sending jobs overseas we were fine before the manufacturing jobs went overseas. Why send jobs overseas when people from those countries dont even buy your products because they dont need washing machine, dishwasher, cars etc.. then you ship it back here to sell are you really that stupid???no one will buy your stupid products because u took all their jobs and people dont have income and you complain why your company is bankcrupt and need bail out money! go figure!

March 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(111) missy says:

I think its a good thing to raise the wages because $7.25 or any number in that nature isn’t enough to make it on at all. Especially with food,rent gas, and the utilities companies are a crime shame in what they charge. everything going up except the pay we bring home. everybody has families to take care, some of us work got to school or some folk work 2 jobs to make it but you know what really makes me mad is hoe the united states let illegal people work here and stay here and some of them make more than us depending on who they know in these places they get hired at and that’s not fair at all to all americans, they are living better than us. for most Im happy they are raising it because what I make and how hard I work doesn’t even measure up.

March 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(112) LAURA says:

This is for Frank…think about this…if minimum wage went up, then less people would be on government funds and could afford to pay their own way and buy their own groceries..or just keep paying the government for people who can’t afford to take off from work for even a day when they are sick. I work hard to make minimum wage and I don’t live off the government, I just do without if I have to. Thank you so much for your christianly love and support of the poor people of this nation. I’m sure that God will be so proud of your opinion of his people!

March 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm
(113) ryand says:

There shoulnt be a min wage. The economy should determine min wage. everytime min wage is increased the economy always adjusts itself. increasing min wage increases cost of products and services.

March 5, 2013 at 3:12 am
(114) Toby says:

Interesting remarks all around. I just want to say that at the end of the day, if raising minimum wage results in higher unemployment…SO BE IT. Those with the skills DESERVE the jobs PERIOD. I am so tired of all the old timers that are more or less GRANDFATHERED in taking up all the jobs. I am tired of people hiring idiots over skilled because they know that they can essentially “TRICK” them into staying in a bullsh** position for little to no money. Fact is, NO ONE can survive on less than ten bucks an hour. To the liar that claims he worked 120 hrs a week..DUDE STOP LYING! What they aren’t telling you is that unemployment amongst teens and seniors will rise. TO HELL WITH THEM! The kids will be okay. Less disposable income will likely be good for many of them. The seniors? To hell with them too actually, their time is over. Sorry that they didn’t make the right decisions and prepare for old age.

March 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(115) Patrick Starkey says:

Does anybody who supports the minimum wage really think that employers will pay the increase out of their bottom line, out of the goodness of their hearts? Bad news, Obama fans, its not going to happen.

Take for instance, restaurants. They typically operate with a budget calling for 21% or less in labor costs. If minimum wage goes up (labor costs), the employer has to make adjustments to bring it back in line with the budget. That 21% does not magically go away. This means they either A: increase prices, or B: Cut hours or lay off people. There’s no way around this.

March 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm
(116) Maureen says:

Everytime they raise the minimum wage, I feel like a failure. I’ve worked hard to make $2 more than minimum and then suddenly I’M ONLY MAKING MINIMUM AGAIN! And everything is costing MORE! This is very depressing.

March 6, 2013 at 12:11 am
(117) Jeff says:

I really think we should just go ahead and raise the minimum wage to about $500/hour. That way, we will all be millionaires. Oh, wait…the businesses we work for would all go out of business almost immediately, so we would be unemployed, but at least we could tell all our friends that for a very short time, we were millionaires!
Seriously, my point is that the minimum wage is an arbitrary figure. Wages should be based on what the employer can pay and what the employee will accept. They should be negotiated, not set by the government!
I know that my teenage daughter LOVES her $7.25/hour! Should could probably make $3 or $5/hr., and be just as excited, because she has no bills! On the other hand, while great for a teen, $7.25 is certainly not a living wage for a person with a household. So, please, don’t be the limited by the minimum wage! Do what is necessary to better yourself so you can get paid an amount that you and your employer negotiate, not some arbitrary government figure! Get an education, then a job where you can negotiate your own wage, and be proud! Leave the minimum wage behind! After all, it is called a “minimum ” wage. There IS NO maximum! Folks, This is America! The sky is the limit! You can do it!

March 6, 2013 at 8:21 am
(118) Susan says:

I work in an assisted living facility. This is all that I do for $ 8.49 an hour. I get to work, count narcotics, then I check every resident, pull trash from their rooms, if I am needed to assist them to the toilet and wipe their bottoms I do, then I wash dishes, wipe counter tops, clean microwave, wipe out refrigerator, sweep and mop dining room, and kitchen, clean two empty rooms, and clean the bathroom and mop it. Every two hours I check the residents and assist those who need help to the bathroom. If someone needs medication for headaches or other pain I make sure they are given what is prescribed. I have a regular medication pass to some of the residents that are given before I get off work, I then count the narcotics, check that everything is done and go home. Other states are paying within the same company $ 11.00 an hour for what I do every shift.

March 6, 2013 at 10:09 am
(119) Dedra says:

It is actually quite simple. Those who are making more than minimum wage by at least a few dollars, or much more, do NOT understand that a single person who is only making minimum wage @ a FULL time job cannot afford LIVING EXPENSES. We are NOT talking about eating out @ fancy places or buying top notch expensive items. We are talking about being about to pay rent, electricity, our water bill, and then still being able to buy groceries or go to the doctor or have our cars fixed if need be …. I make 75 cents more an hour right now than the minimum wage and I can’t afford to live on my own as a single person with no children! I work hard at my job. I have 12 years experience at my job occupation & have been at the same workplace now for over two years. I have not recieved a raise in that time. I do not consider myself an unskilled worker. I have looked for higher paying jobs in my field and there are none, at least in the area I live in and I certainly can’t afford to move. I am 50 years old. So please don’t tell me that only teenagers are hired at minimum wage. I am the highest paid employee where I work and none of the people I work with are teenagers! They are all at least 25 years old or older & can’t make it in this economy!

March 6, 2013 at 11:15 am
(120) Dedra says:

Maybe the better solution to all this is to bring the cost of living down to an amt that is actually affordable for those of us who are not making the high dollar wages. Here for example @ 8.00/hr. (my wage) @ 40 hrs a wk., I net about $530.00 every 2 weeks = $1060.00/month. The lowest 1 bdrm apartment, plus electricity, water, groceries, gas & car insurance which is required by law in my state = $2000.00/month. This would leave me in the hole $40.00 every month & leaves NO room for anything additional such as doctor visits when not well, car repair, etc. Which is ridiculous as I am making 75 cents more than minimum wage an hour!!! There is just something wrong with this picture!! Is this really America? Where hard working people can’t afford to stay afloat on their own. I stand at my job 8 hours through my whole shift, we do not get a lunch break. I work at a hotel. Needless to say, I have to have a roommate & we split the living expenses of a 2 bdrm apartment. Even with that I am left with maybe $25.00 extra every 2 weeks from my paycheck. Rent, electricity, water & groceries need to go DOWN instead of consistly rising!! Make the minimum wage worker able to live on their own, modestly, but able to live on their own at least!! Let those making the way out of porportion PROFITS take a LITTLE cut to allow for that. I don’t think that is asking too much.

March 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm
(121) sue says:

Minimum wage was never meant to be an income to support a family. It was instituted as a beginning wage for first jobs., A 16 year old should not be able to start out a first job at $10.00 per hour. How would you feel if you had worked yourself up from $7.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour, now min wage is $10.00, and an eighteen year old comes in and gets paid $10.00 an hour and it is his first job. There should be a sliding scale. Miin wage for 16 to 19 year olds. Then min wage for people without a college degree, then one for a person with a degree, Or something to that affect. It can not be cut and dry, black and white.l If min wage goes up, everything will go up, what have we accomplished? Know your $16.00 oil change special will be $18.00, your $8.00 Restaurant burger will be $10.00. More businesses will find ways to pay there employees in other ways. Think about the domino effect.

March 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(122) JT Malorgio says:

I completely agree with Sue. I believe raising minimum wage will only hurt our economy and future more. To start, the percentage of Americans in the workforce who receive minimum wage is between 0-5%. Most of these workers are teens. By raising the minimum wage, the supply of jobs will decrease due to the increased production costs. It will be much harder for these teens to get jobs because companies will try to hire people with more experience. With that being said, teens really need these jobs. It gives them experience in the work field and how to live on their own. It is very important for teens to have this experience when going into college/trade school/etc and for when they finally enter the “real world.” By raising the minimum wage I feel as if we could possibly slow economic growth in the future.

March 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm
(123) kate says:

Economics 101 people, each time they raise minimum wage, it causes inflation to cover the costs. You aren’t any better off, not only that, they raise the “poverty” level and you still meet the requirements for assistance, so, all it’s going to do is make job creation more difficult and burden small businesses. Your minimum wage goes up, the price of milk, bread, eggs, gas, literally everything goes up with it. I made 50$ a week back in 1975, but my rent was $50/month, and groceries cost me about $15. College graduates don’t want to start at entry level positions, they want to make the big bucks right out of school. No working their way up by proving themselves worthy. If they can’t make
$40,000 a year, they turn down jobs.

March 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(124) Dottie says:

I guess my impression of minimum wage jobs is that they are “supplemental” income (I work 2 jobs) or stepping stones to bigger and better ones as well as jobs for students. If minimum wage goes up say at McDonalds – for example – then the prices of the “dollar” menu will have to go up to support the higher wages – who really benefits from this and where does it end?

March 6, 2013 at 11:47 pm
(125) aqua blue says:

ok well to everyone. why not just stop living as slaves and go back to living without all the extras. instead of working for others to get rich we get groups of ppl to live in a comunity only working in the farms. and living off the land as u may, then everyones happy. except the rich but hey then their money means nothing, the more who live off the land the less the people need a raise in slave pay. why trade with paper when we can go to trading with wat really mattered.

March 7, 2013 at 11:33 am
(126) soapberryusa says:

Congress particularly the scum sucking Republican types (or Republicans cloaked in rats clothing) do not want the minimum wage raised so they can keep the minions (who they only consider worthy to serve as their sycophants) working as slaves in their stead for menial positions and services freeing the rich to ramble on with their sybaritic and mercenary lifestyles placated with a mindless and desultory slop of bangles, bobbles and beads. The elite consider poor working people insignificant, expendable and loose linkage.

March 7, 2013 at 11:47 am
(127) Nesto says:

It is unbelievable how mislead the public is on the minimum wage, when the truth is that the minimum wage laws should be abolished in the US. Historically, the only beneficiaries of the minimum wage and its increases are the federal and state governments. No matter what the minimum is set to, people earning at that level are never better off because a minimum wage means a minimum price for goods and services; hence, domestic prices ALWAYS go up with an increase in the minimum wage, and the struggle of the poor continues.

The governments, however, enjoy the tax-bracket creep an increase in the minimum wage creates due to the upward push on ALL wages. Governments in debt, especially, crow about increasing the minimum wage as a gimmick to get more votes and more tax revenue, but the laws of economics do not change; manufacturing and other employers just hire off shore, and it is our fault.

A person’s buying power can be measured by how far above the “minimum” wage their earnings are. Every working person should be striving to deliver enough benefit to their employers in order to earn as far ABOVE the minimum as possible; raising the minimum wage is taking cruel advantage of working voters.

Abolishing the minimum wage laws would exert downward pressure on domestic pricing, increasing America’s global competitiveness and allowing greater rewards for worker achievement. Get smart, People!

March 7, 2013 at 11:58 am
(128) Regular Joe says:

It’s hard to believe the people begging for a minimum wage increase without thinking of the repercussions. When I was younger and minimum wage was $5.15 an hour, my apt. rent was just under $400 a month. That same apt. is now over $600 a month and minimum wage is $7.25.

So by increasing minimum wage by 40%, the price on the apartment went up over 50%.

To top it off, my job at the time offered frequent and generous raises. I came in at $6.50 and within a few months was up to $8.25 an hour. Then came the minimum wage increase and what happened? Higher paid employees were laid off, lower paid employees were laid off, and the few lower wage employees we did have we’re suddenly making the same as me, in a job I held for over 3 years and busted my a$$ for. Did I see a wage increase to match? No. However, my workload doubled, the cost of gas went up $1.50-$2.00 and the price of milk nearly doubled. The cost of everything in my daily life went up 50% or more.

So now I was working twice as hard, for essentially half the pay.

I have a degree, but I’m not going to throw education around. Some of us are perfectly happy working a “lower tier” job. For those working minimum wage currently, do you think your bills are suddenly going to be more affordable if you make more?

You’ll get your $10 an hour, but expect milk to cost of $3 a gallon, a candy bar to be $2, Gas to increase $1-2 a gallon, and your “apartment rent” that you can or cannot afford now, to increase from $600 to $900 a month. You do the math. These are not fictitious numbers. This is based on what has happened in the past. Do you think you’ll be able to afford rent if you’re making $10.00 an hour and your employer can only afford to give you 20 hours or less a week?

March 7, 2013 at 11:58 am
(129) Regular Joe says:

The short answer is no. You’d be making $800 a month and rent would be $900. You think its bad now that you need two jobs just to afford rent and bills? How bad is it going to bed when you need two jobs just to afford your place to live? Want to pay your electricity bill? Hope you can find a third job.

As a nation, we need to cut the crap and stop regulating employers. Employers are struggling to find a balance where they can pay their own bills, expand (and provide more jobs), and pay their workers a decent wage. If you leave minimum wage as it is, the economy WILL eventually stabilize. The bad employers will go under. The good employers will expand, create new products and factories, and thus create more jobs. It will open the doors for a more competitive market.

We WANT employers to be competitive for workers. If a company cant afford its own bills or ensure the success of its business, it sure as hell doesn’t care about it’s workers. It’s going to do what it can just to SURVIVE. It’s when the company is comfortable that it creates opportunities. Competition for workers == higher wages.

Please, PLEASE think about the ramifications of a minimum wage increase. There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity. You’ve been given the information. Its now your choice on what you choose to do with it.

In short, if you want higher pay, you need to be 100% against a minimum wage increase.
- I’m a regular Joe and I live the hardships of paycheck to paycheck.

March 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(130) Bevin says:

I am the owner of a small health facility who employees 2 people. I have one employee who graduated from college recently and makes a good wage and a somewhat retired part-time employee with very little responsibility who makes $2 less an hour. At this time, I am able to decrease our fees in order to help people that need it and have been turned down by every other facility.
However, if minimum wage increases, we will not be able to continue to offer discounts. Or, I could lay off the somewhat retired employee who lost. Reality!
Minimum wage is for high school students, drop outs, and jobs that require no training or education. These include Fast Food Restaraunts, Gas Stations, Department Store jobs. There is no reason why an adult should or would want these jobs. There is a lot of help out there to help people gain knowledge and training so they don’t become an adult working at a fast food restaraunt.
We all have rough patches in life, but this should never be an end all goal for anyone. We all have a duty and a right to become an avid leader in your community, and become a useful human being in society.

March 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm
(131) Tracy says:

I am not sure how I feel about this. I agree that min. wage should go up for people working full time. I do not believe that a teenager getting their first part time job should get $9 an hour. It will create such stress on small business owners. The cost of living is high and if you are trying to support a family an increase is necessary.

March 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(132) Regular Joe says:

At Bevin:
Each person has their own choices and skill sets. Some of us choose to (and excel) at the “lower income” jobs. Yes, there are a few promotions out there, but the point is what a person can do to benefit the whole and what makes them happy. If thats a fast food job or dept. store job, so be it. Its their choice. However, a person should know the outcome of their choices. If they are working in one of these establishments, they should realize that their earning potential is limited and they have no right to demand the same salary as say a oil rig worker, a fire fighter, or a company exec/ceo.

At Tracy:
If you are trying to support a family, its necessary to NOT have an increase. Let the economy stabilize. Once again, if you raise the cost of living, you are risking every-day costs such as food and gas doubling or tripling to compensate for the amount of the increased wage. Either that, or a lost job.

It’s all directly tied together. A lot of the costs increases happened BECAUSE of the minimum wage increase, NOT VICE-VERSA. Please don’t be one of the ones fooled into thinking “prices have gone up, so I’d be screwed if I hadn’t received the minimum wage increase”.

I want everyone here to think back. We had a wage increase 4 years ago. Since that time, has it become easier or harder for you to afford your costs of living? Has the extra $2.15 helped you financially? Speak up.

March 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm
(133) Enough says:

Ok, for this to work means ONE thing and ONE thing only. Small business…just like Big business will have to accept one or two percent less on you GNP. There, I said it. Now force the savings on your vendors, and service providers. Stop making the people who protect your business interest everyday pay the price of giving them what they deserve.

March 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(134) Morgan says:

Adjusted for inflation the minimum wage in 1968 was $10.50 an hour and you didn’t hear all this wining from business owners.

More over in 1992 Card and Krueger did a study on the real world effects of raising the minimum wage and found that the raising of it actually INCREASED employment at the real low.

Doucouliago and Stanley 2009 study expanded this study and concluded “First, minimum wages may simply have no effect on employment… Second, minimum wage effects might exist, but they may be too difficult to detect and/or are very small.”

Dube, Lester, and Reich (2010) went back over the old research as well as Card’s work and concluded “The large negative elasticities in the traditional specification are generated primarily by regional and local differences in employment trends that are unrelated to minimum wage policies.”

Allegretto, Dube, and Reich (2011) and Hirsch, Kaufman, and Zelenska (2011) found much the same thing–changes in employment and hours statistically *undistinguishable* from zero.

More over in 1995 Card and Krueger’s study of older studies showed publisher bias in favor of studies that found a statistically significant negative employment effect with this being confirmed in 2005 and 2005 by Stanley with the conclusion “Once this publication selection is corrected, little or no evidence of a negative association between minimum wages and employment remains.”

So all these supposed negative effects of raising the minimum wage are NOT supported by real world studies and any effect on employment is so minor that it cannot be detected.

March 8, 2013 at 9:18 am
(135) jenn says:

Why cant we get it together like “some” countries overseas where most everyone lives a decent life with with free insurance? Get it together america land of big dreams.

March 8, 2013 at 10:16 am
(136) Josephine says:


For those of you, especially Christi and Frank, that are saying minimum wage is crap and that the mother with 3 kids blows her children’s meals on her nails (seriously? have you ever even been a mom? Becuase I don’t know anyone who would do that), check out this website. It calculates the COST OF LIVING for several different families, not including luxuries like getting your hair done or buying an iPhone, but for food, utilities, a place to stay, health care, etc.

March 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(137) Patty Jo says:

To Frank…the one that sounds greedy and all others in your same likeness…

You have no compassion for others and you sound like you dont know Jesus

I pray for you and the others like you, that you all would be led by the mercy of God the Father, and that you would come to know our Savior and live by the truth the way and the Life..

I pray that your day will come to pass that you live in and that a new day would take it’s place, ….

March 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm
(138) badwolf says:

Ok, to everyone saying that it should be lowered or complaining saying “if you do the work, you can make it with 7.25.” What about people like me? The college students working so hard for the good of our future? I go to school 16 hours a week and work as much as I can. I rarely get a day off. When im not at work, I’m at school; and when I’m not at school, I’m at work. Plus, I support myself. Does anyone really think that 7.25/h is really helping any self-supporting college students? Please, quit being so negative and thinking that only the so called “money grubbing bottom feeders” will benefit from a minimum wage raise. You think you represent America….but America is about giving opportunities, and you will be the first to take that away for the sake of being “American”. I dont believe it is patriotic, right, or American…it is just inconciderate and selfish. I truly hope they raise it, so struggling students like me can actually have a little more of a chance, and so people thinking about college can be more inspired to go. Please, stop being so negative so the future has a chance!

March 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm
(139) badwolf says:

And despite how broke I am, I do not recieve any kind of government help like food stamps. I easily could…I just choose not to. I do not dislike anyone for choosing to use it, I realize a lot of people NEED it. But, I am young and do not have children…so, surviving on noodles is not so bad, for now. I believe it is an abused system, but i believe in what its trying to do. But, I make 270$ every two weeks with my job and going to college……

March 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm
(140) Roni says:

I think the only thing that sucks is even when the minimum wage does go up, so does everything else! No matter what they raise the minimum wage to, gas, milk, bread and all other necessities all go up too! So those of us that do get the raise for making the minimum wage all get screwed and end up still in the same place as before the wage went up, like we never got the raise to begin with!!

March 9, 2013 at 12:52 am
(141) Rose says:

It also bothers me that jobs cut hours and dont give you 40 hours. Nursing is bad on that.So really going up on pay jobs will cut hours.Some one need to fix that to.

March 9, 2013 at 3:22 am
(142) eukiah monday says:

Why would anybody oppose increasing the minimum wage? It’s clear to me that if people made a decent wage, it would “lift all boats” as it were and help stave off poverty. This country can’t afford to keep people glued to the floor in terms of making a fair wage, and being able to live above poverty. As the divide between rich and poor gets wider, other social ills will increase. Remember Rome?

March 9, 2013 at 3:32 am
(143) Anonymous says:

I don’t agree with Frank. And his comments suggest that less ambitious people are lazy, ignorant and bottom feeders. Sounds like Ayn Rand to me. Noboby is knocking successful, rich people. They work hard for what they have. But that doesn’t mean poor people are just taking up space, as some think. This type of mentality is what gave us the downturn in our enconomy in 2008. The neo-robber barons pushed their Darwinian philosophy to the max and now we see the end results. Not that all rich folks feel and act this way. But too many of them feel God has blessed them over their less fortunate brethen. Wake up.

March 9, 2013 at 10:24 am
(144) Really??? says:

Do you really think for one second that the economic reprucusions of this increase that people are worried about are because the rich are going to have to shell out more money. How about the small business owner??? Oh lets just do some simple math here , min wage increases From 7.25 to 9 a 24% increase . So lets say i have a small business with 10 min wage employess now my labor cost just went up 24% right? If you answered yes you are wrong , because I can not afford to cut into my bottom line so I’ ll just lay off 2 employees and make the rest work harder or outsource the work, or i decide the cost of doing business has become to high and decide to shut down shop before it gets anymore expensive. Or scenerio 2 , I stay open for business and keep all my employees and now have a 24% higher payroll so I have two option I take a pay cut or I increase my prices. So i try to increase my prices just like every other business will have to (thats inflation). Or the unlikely scenerio i take a paycut, because you know i only built my company from the ground up ( and to the person who doubted someone working 120 hours a week, ya thats how you become successful , FYI). Now I have a paycut, which being a middle class business owner who has bills to pay i have to cut out my disposable income , which results in a negative impact on my money being pumped into the economy and the expansion of my company and investments.

March 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm
(145) mohammed siddiqui says:

everthing meat grocery gas everthing is going up but minium wage i do not kow when how much rich people are getting more rich and poor people are getting more poor what we can do.

March 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(146) Rob says:

It is insanity to think you can bring people out of poverty by increasing minimum wage! This is going to drive business in droves out of America! We cannot competition with other countries because some college kid or high school student is complaining about how much they make an hour! If u think cost of food and gas is ridiculously now wait til the minimum wage hits $10! Absurd! Obama is a moron and killing this country. Good luck finding full time work now that Obama care is in place . And when you lose ur job to his failing policies have fun paying the healthcare tax at the end of the year regardless if you have a job or not.

March 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(147) General Joe says:

It doesnt matter if the business is small or large, but you definitely put it best. If they increase minimum wage, its just going to increase inflation, cut back on available jobs, and reduce the amount of available working hours. Expect to have to work 3-4 part time (10-12 hour/wk.) jobs if the wage increase goes through. That is, if you can even find a job.

Here’s a critical thing to remember about most jobs. They started as a mom and pop franchise. Heck, even bill gates started in his basement. If you increase wages, jobs are going to get cut back. The LAST PERSON this is going to affect is the business owner. Don’t be naive thinking that that increasing minimum wage is going to cut into their coffers any. If you make it too costly for a business owner to operate their business, they’re going to be smart about it and cut their losses. They’ll shut down business and preserve their own income before they ever let some self-entitled “I deserve more, give it to me now” people dictate to them.

Let’s put it this way. Right now, right this moment, if you’re making minimum wage and walked into your bosses office and demanded they give you $9+ an hour. Would they give it to you? Or would they fire you immediately?

It’s the same concept. Federal guidelines only regulate the amount they have to pay people. It doesnt say that they have to preserve your job.

March 10, 2013 at 11:43 am
(148) Ludzi says:


I highly doubt you’re a small business owner, because judging by your post, you are a complete moron. PROTIP: inflation is not “raising prices” like a lot of you like to believe

And minimum wage is GOOD for employment, it has been proven more than once, higher minimum wage equals less turnover, therefore saving money

March 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm
(149) Harmony says:

This is so wrong on so many levels. Maybe they just don’t understand because their heads are so far up their butts, they aren’t getting enough blood to their brain, or maybe they just make too much to understand the concept of money, but if this is implemented, every high school or college student with a part time job at a fast food restaurant is going to lose their jobs because the businesses cannot afford to pay all their employees anymore. I am almost certain to lose my job if this happens to me and trust me, I would much rather 2 dollars an hour less than no money at all!

March 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(150) Phill says:

I am 23 years old married with a one year old daughter i bring home 1150 a month, i have spent an enormous amount of time trying to find the cheapest living arrangements. The best i can find is a two bed room for 500, 600 with utilities my car is 250 a month.I have a good driving record but because im under 24 years of age insurance companies have the right to charge me 150- 216 for auto rather then 80 or whatever it is you old timers get to pay. After paying for all that i have barely enough left to take care of my families basic needs, diapers, shampoo, dish detergent etc. I can not afford anything else i do not get the luxuries of a cell phone video games or television or any of that stuff. I sacrifice all that for the well being of my family. So i need help from the government such as WIC and EBT stamps. So if the government really believes hiking the minimum wage up to $9.00 is going to help individuals like me make it on our own and be able to afford to buy food and all types of necessary insurance and all that good stuff something has to give, and i feel it should not have to be businesses big or small. It seems simple to me that if $9.00 an hour is sufficient enough for an individual to survive on their own their shouldnt be a need for people to rely on government progams so funding and taxes that go to those programs should be returned to the pockets they came from, between the raise in wages and the savings from not having to support government programs as much or even at all should have the majority of people a little bit better off. I undrstand there is still a bit of a problem with this because the stripping or drastic reduction of the government programs still probably will not be enough to support the wage increase but i guess its a start.

March 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm
(151) Hayden says:

Your completely right. The only effect of this increase in min. wage will be a negative effect.
@everyone else
Whenever Government interferes with the business sector or tries to help fix a problem with the economy, there are always unintended consequences. Take the solar company Solendra for example. The government bailed them out when they filed for bankruptcy, and what do they do? they take the bailout split it among the higher ups and close their doors for good laying off everyone beneath them. Laissez Faire is key to business and until that happens the economy is only going to worsen. Many are mislead when they see an increase in the minimum wage. what an increase in the minimum wage does is increase the cost of living so as a previous commenter said its like the increase never happened at all. If the government and President Obama do not let perfect competiion to do the role at which it is best at then our economy will only worsen and more will be jobless and homeless. our debt will increase and the life that we know it will only become more expensive as to where it may cease to exist. comment to me and Ill be happy to explain anything not understood by what I have said and explain how economies work.

March 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm
(152) JT says:

I do not see how your statement on inflation is relevant. @really??? put things is a pretty good perspective. By raising minimum wage, the prices of every day goods are slowly going to increase due to the increase in production costs. This will ultimately result in inflation and people making the minimum wage will not be better off. It could also result in less jobs being available because business owners will not hire as many employees. This is straight-forward economics.

March 11, 2013 at 3:56 am
(153) RC says:

Minimum wage should most definitely not be increased. People need to take initiative if they want to make more. People complain about not being able to find jobs but honestly when I quit my minimum wage job it took less than a week to find a new job at which i now make more than double what i was making. So don’t raise minimum wage, if people want it they will work for it; all others will continue popping out the welfare check babies and living off of what I work hard to provide.

March 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm
(154) Tim says:

Raising the cost of labor or raising the MW will just raise the cost of everything.. You will feel richer because your pay check is larger but it will spend quicker because the cost of everything will rise. I know most people will disagree because this is a different reality than they have been taught.. Please, even if you disagree, read the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” Maybe it will change just one persons reality.. Besides, I you’re only making MW you’re missing the boat..

March 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(155) Chris says:

People need to use math skills and analytic deduction more often. Its simple.

U.S. Poverty line is roughly 12k a year of less for one Individual.

At $9 per Hr at 40hrs a week its about $17k a year.

That’s an meager $5k above the poverty line.

That’s not including COST OF LIVING. That’s rough numbers on the whole.

My 2Cents. Remove our Congress of Lawmakers and our Marxist President and put some Actual Think Tanks in office. People you know like Physicist’s, biologists, teachers of sorts.

( pardon any grammatical errors of mine)

March 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm
(156) steve walters says:

Any one that thinks the minim wage raise is a good idea is dumb.
Sample: If you own a retail store and you have to pay more for your employee raise. Where does the owner get the money…he raise the price of goods that he sales to offset the loss of revenue.. that is what creates inflation. It is a continues circle of raise and then inflation.

March 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(157) Ryan says:

Raising minimum wage would effectively cripple our already wounded economy. What do you think people that currently make $10-13/hour are going to do when minimum wage is raised to $10/hour. They’ll stop being able to pay bills, or buy food and become part of the needy on welfare. Obama is a moron for suggesting a minimum wage increase would do any good for this country.

March 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm
(158) Jess says:

Well. I have to say, I don’t like the fact that federal min. wage isn’t increased yearly as inflation goes up yearly; however, jumping fed. min. wages from 7.25hr to 9.00hr would cause a massive rubber band affect. My husband has to work 3 min wage jobs because they’re all part-time. At Hardee’s he barely pulls 20hours, at the other two it’s collectively under 20hours. SO… WITH THREE JOBS HE BARELY PULLS FULL-TIME AS IS. A Hardee’s GM already told him that no “crew” member i.e. min.wage is going to be getting over 25hrs now in our area because of the ObamaCare. I know 2, 3 person families that are shacked up in two bedroom apartments with each other. 1 mom, 1 dad, 1 baby. And they can barely afford it, because they can’t even find full-time hours at min. wage. Companies will make up the “loss” somewhere. It’s a huge rubber band affect, that will only cripple my already drowning family as both my husband and I try to attend college and raise our 1 child and work, without the help of “welfare” because “our income is over qualifying guidelines” I mean really. I can understand why so many people give up now days!!!

March 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(159) Wake up says:

You all have to be kidding me saying minimum wage is enough and $8 would be good enough! Even before the increase its a joke gas is almost $5 a gallon food is high health insurance is impossible to get! How can a man or woman survive on $7.25?? This world is unfair and I can’t wait for the day when its all fair. You are kidding me if you can sit there and say $10 is high for minimum wage. This world is a joke!

March 12, 2013 at 7:04 am
(160) lena says:

if small busineses could afford to pay everyone $10.00 that would be great, however if this “law” is passed there needs to also be a “law” that says ” no business can increase the cost of their goods sold above what they are already charging”. if this is not added to the wage increase, the only people benefiting the increase will be the government (from taxes) and the retail businesses who are already charging too much for their product. The increase never goes toward the benefit of the employee. The employee never sees the increase because there is always an increase in cost of goods for purchase when there is a wage increase!

March 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(161) Leah says:

I wrote the President about this exact issue. I suppose I made some impact. San Fransisco is $10.25 the highest. However their rents are majorly enormous to live there it would take double or so that wage lol. But.. the cost of living should reflect the minimum wages. I also wrote the President about this. It has not been fair at all for way too many years that is never mattered, yet they wonder why unemployment is at a high? People simple after a while give up caring. Also… when the cost of living increases yearly, so should that wage. In order to meet those cost, which is the only realistic way to pay for your life and food etc. Thank God .. for President Obama!

March 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(162) Leah says:

I wrote the President about this exact issue. I suppose I made some impact. San Fransisco is $10.25 the highest. However their rents are majorly enormous to live there it would take double or so that wage lol. But.. the cost of living should reflect the minimum wages. I also wrote the President about this. It has not been fair at all for way too many years that is never mattered, yet they wonder why unemployment is at a high? People simple after a while give up caring. Also… when the cost of living increases yearly, so should that wage. In order to meet those cost, which is the only realistic way to pay for your life and food etc. Thank God .. for President Obama!

March 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm
(163) CM says:

In Reference to the following…

(102) Sorry but ah NO says:
Sorry, but I strongly disagree. Market should dictate the wage, not the government. Minimum wages are for those with limited skills. You want more money, improve your skills. There is a reason why its the minimum and if anyone is screaming that they need a livable wage, I would suggest they work for it.

There is no living wage any more and min wage is not a living wage.I have an AS working on my Bachelors and make $8.50 an hr. It’s disgusting and your comment is disgusting. I work hard educating our youth and do not get compensated enough for my efforts. I believe people with comments and ideas similar to the above have never wondered if they would have enough money to buy food for their children or if they will be able to pay their electric bill. As for the comment about min wage is for those with limited skills, I doubt you could pay enough money to any of the rich aristocrats to work as hard as min wage workers do for their crumbs. It’s so sad that our country has become so far apart and the rich decide our fate. Democracy is dieing and freedoms are fading and we are under such a strong control that a revolution, although needed is unlikely.

March 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm
(164) Dinah says:

I wish I could say it would make a difference, but it wont because once minimum wage is increased so will everything else. Leaving us right where we left off. No one likes to loose money and the people who are billionaires/millionaires that run our country will make sure that we don’t cut into their salaries. Our country is run by greed and will be destroyed that way

March 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(165) x0kamikaze0x says:

Lol inflation is a false and sick cruel excuse that’s been pulled over our eyes for years. I love every time the everyday worker gets a break companies start bitching about a fake thing that was created by corrupt banks.

March 13, 2013 at 12:57 am
(166) Redbolt says:

I agree to an extent that wages should increase. $7.25 is fine for your part time workers still in high-school. However once you turn 18 you shouldn’t be forced to work for that pay just because business owners want to be greedy. Some will say “find a better job” but in some places that can prove to be difficult or nearly impossible.

Ok, fine – then say “go to college”. You know how many cannot afford to do this? We aren’t all lucky enough to get financial help you know.

If they were to set minimum wage according to age, it would make sense. Granted I have been making above minimum wage ever since I was 18, some don’t always get the same opportunity in these pathetic times. It is time for greedy business owners to pay up!

March 13, 2013 at 1:46 am
(167) Philip says:

Raising minimum wage is not the appropriate way to fix the problem we have. Frank up at the top is right with the inflation. Say minimum wage goes up to $20 an hour (yes over-exaggerated for the moment) well, the people at mcdonalds are now making $20 an hour, well the people at the slightly better jobs now say well we deserve more than them so they make $22 an hour. and up and up it goes to the top. So, well for McDonalds to be able to afford to pay all the employees $20 an hour they must raise the cost of the food. this is true for every product in every store. So, to recap so far the only thing it has done is changed some numbers, the cost of everything is still applied to how much it now costs the business owners to produce that product on what it cost them for raw goods and employees time.

March 13, 2013 at 1:47 am
(168) Philip says:

The only thing minimum wage raising does is lowers the value of any money you have saved up, and costs the government and every business money to change all the numbers all the time and debate on if we should raise it or not.

Further, the solution to the problem: Fair tax. why can’t we go to a tax system that is one tax and one tax only. SALES TAX. put all the tax into sales tax so based on what you purchase is what you are taxed. so if I buy a $10 set of headphones I get taxed currently 7% however this rate would go up because of all the tax now being in one tax. so say now it is 15% well if the billionaire goes and buys a fancy car for $10,000,000 he will get taxed 15% on that as well. (excuse me here if I don’t have all the fancy details 100% correct)

I work hard for what I have and I don’t have much, but I get tired of seeing people on welfare and government aid systems why are spending the money on alcohol and cigarettes; these are luxuries not necessities. I get tired of seeing it because I know I work hard to let some of these people get a check to go waste on stuff they don’t need leaving them stuck in the position of “poverty”.

March 13, 2013 at 1:48 am
(169) Philip says:

Another idea here is to switch shoes, pretend you have worked long hard hours for months and months maybe years to develop a fancy computer program or some big new hit product. don’t you feel you should be compensated for your time? I’m not saying a lot of the really wealthy people are not greedy. But all this playing around with numbers and messing around with stuff that just really needs to be left alone is hurting the “middle class” and leaving the upper and lower pretty much in the same position they are now.

March 13, 2013 at 5:17 am
(170) Nathan K says:

Sadly, I don’t think minimum wage should go up. When it does the cost of living will. So, the price of milk, cereal, cheese ect. will rise as it will cost more to make it. I am a father of two and am still with the mother and we survive just fine. I work hard for my money. Anyone can do it if I can as i did 8 years in prison and havent been unemployed since.

March 13, 2013 at 5:17 am
(171) Nathan K says:

Sadly, I don’t think minimum wage should go up. When it does the cost of living will. So, the price of milk, cereal, cheese ect. will rise as it will cost more to make it. I am a father of two and am still with the mother and we survive just fine. I work hard for my money. Anyone can do it if I can as i did 8 years in prison and havent been unemployed since.

March 13, 2013 at 8:16 am
(172) Charles Cote says:

Minimum wage increase will help a little but if you really want to cut the cost start with the Goverment.We only have (1) Governer per state why not cut the Goverment down by only having (1) Senator and (1) Congressmen from each state.You cut that much of the government just thinking of thier saleries not to mention all the people who work for them my god the money the government would save and then like only (1) Governer to answer for there would be only (2) people per state that would have to answer to the voters why they arent doing thier job.The Senators and Congress voted them selves raise’s and of course they approved it.Wouldn’t you like to have a job where you go to work and say (hey lets give our selves a raise, no wonder why so many run for office not to do what the American people want but to pad thier own pockets.

March 13, 2013 at 10:32 am
(173) Patricia says:

If min wage doesn’t increase— no one will be able to buy your EXPENSIVE STUFF.

March 13, 2013 at 10:47 am
(174) Patricia Says says:

If min wage doesn’t increase— no one will be able to buy your EXPENSIVE STUFF.
Go back to school! right! another expense to pay off.
Besides I already have 2 degrees and a certificate. No empolyer wants to pay me what those degrees are worth.
Just min wage——.

Then there are those employers who USE the system to hurt the employee… Only 28 hrs –no health care —only min wage– keeps the worker hungry for hrs. And morals drop. People resort to violence to fulfil the basic nesscities of human life.
No wonder there is more crime and violence today.
Revaloution???? De-Evaloution???

March 13, 2013 at 10:51 am
(175) Patricia Says says:

Go back to school! right! another expense to pay off.
Besides I already have 2 degrees and a certificate. No empolyer wants to pay me what those degrees are worth.
Just min wage——.

Then there are those employers who USE the system to hurt the employee… Only 28 hrs –no health care —only min wage– keeps the worker hungry for hrs. And morals drop. People resort to violence to fulfil the basic nesscities of human life.
No wonder there is more crime and violence today.
Revaloution???? De-Evaloution???

March 13, 2013 at 11:41 am
(176) GivingUP says:

Iam sooo fed up with america anymore!
This country was based on mom and pop, small businesses. This is no longer the case and is why what was once a beautiful country is being ruined.
People who dont own a small business or have never tried to , will NEVER understand all of the politics and taxes involved. It seems that the government doesnt want the little guys to make it anymore.
It is not the minimum wage that needs to be increased. It is the prices of everything that needs to come down! Why has evrything gone up so much?
I pay about $1,700,00 every month in taxes to the government. I DONT make this much! Why do i pay the government MORE than i make and they dont even work here!! Its not fair!!

There is something very wrong with this. If minimum wage goes up to 10.00 an hour it will force me to have to raise my prices.

I could go on and on and on….i dont know what the answer is but i think a little old lady sitting in her bath robe at her kitchen table could probably budget this country better than most of the smart , harvard grads. we have in office right now.

…so sad and disgusting!

March 13, 2013 at 11:57 am
(177) FEDUP says:

You are now better off in this country NOT having a damn thing!!

I think i will jump on board and get all the freebies i can get!!

Forget minimum wage…why work at all?

Grab ALL you can get…health care, bridge card, housing, education, phone……..

Besides, its what our government wants! LOL

Lets help them bankrupt this country!!

As Bob Dylan says, “When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose”

March 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(178) LMAO says:

I agree 100% with FEDUP!:)

March 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm
(179) yerp its me says:

ok i understand but if minuam wage was higher things like schools for instence woul have alot less money

March 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(180) Aldi says:

Unfortunately, those that earn minimum wage have no understanding of basic economics and business management.

I work in HR! In a plant (In the USA) that has 2750 people and produces about 1 billion a year in product. An increase from $7.25 to $9.00 is approximately a 25% increase. Labor cost is approximately 65% of product cost. So we need to look at several things:

First, if we give all new employees $9.00/hr we would need to raise salaries to everyone in the plant to make it equitable to all employees resulting in an across the board increase in salaries (Costs) of 25%.)

Second, for examples sake, let’s say the product we produce is women’s blouses and our current cost to make the product is $50.00. Labor, in the USA, is 65%, so we just increased the cost of that blouse to $58.125. So, that’s around a 15% increase in the manufacturers cost.

Third, we wholesale to our retailer (again this is for the sakes of example, not, actual numbers) currently for $100.00 and the retailer sells it “on sale” for $200.00. Now, to maintain our margins, we must sell to retailer for $116.25 who will sell it for $232.50. And if you pay sales tax, let’s say 7% you can add an additional $2.28 for a total increase to the consumer of $32.78. Based on that scenario you need to work an additional 18 3/4 hours to pay for your increase in minimum wage.

Fourth, if sales are affected, management decides to send the manufacturing to India or China or Vietnam etc…. And 2750 people lose their jobs.

But, go ahead, insist on that raise Mr. President, it sure will help the economy.

March 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(181) Aldi says:

NOTE: Every business has different costs and markups, but, the basic economics remain the same. We wind up paying for those increased costs not the manufacturer. The same holds true for increased taxes or increased insurance. So stop the envious jealousies and stop crying about your plight in life and find a better job and get a better education and you’ll live the American dream this President and Congress are trying to distroy!

March 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm
(182) Mic says:

I have read a lot of the above posts and understand both sides. But, I don’t think some people understand the real picture here. If you raise the minimum wage the cost of living is going to increase by 200% if not more. Fast food places with their dollar menus will be a thing of the past. A plain cheese burger will cost $5. A gallon of milk will be $10 to $12 if not more. So, your $9 dollars an hour you just received is worthless and your back where you started. From business owner side, .if I owned a large company why would I pay $9 an hour when it would be cheaper for me to have my product made in China or Mexico. I can see a lot more companies out sourcing. So there goes the jobs and you still are no better off then you are now. Don’t even think that anyone is going to be starting small businesses, because that will be a thing of the past. I work as the COO of a small business that just opened Oct. 1, 2012 and yes I do make more than my employees. As we are a small company just starting out my yearly income for 2013 will be around $30,000.00. A said this to prove a point. Not all executives are making 6 figures. I have a husband that works and 3 children. And believe it or not we are just above the poverty level in our state. If the minimum wage increases my family and I will be just a statistic. Another family on welfare, because the company I work for will be one of the many if not all of the small businesses that will have to close their doors. You think unemployment was high in the past. Just wait.

March 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm
(183) shneebly lee says:

Frank, you did not even spell “passed” correctly… You’re entire paragraph is invalid… have a good day.

March 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(184) SilentSavior says:

While there are some people who have done the numbers and done the math to say why it shouldn’t be raised, I am one who would prefer to see it raised. Trying to put myself through school with no help from parents or financial aid, 7.25 doesn’t cut it for cost of living, especially with the job market the way it is. Without an education, people get entry level positions. With the new laws, most entry level positions get 20-25 hrs a week because the company doesn’t want to pay out benefits. I know because I am in one of those positions. While my company did give a “sympathy raise” because of taking me from 30 hrs/wk to 25, those who work the minimum wage as their only income really do need the extra boost.

March 14, 2013 at 7:56 am
(185) jess says:

Raising minimum wage is great and all. However right now I make 9.64 an hr which is not enough to raise a family on. When this rate goes up do you think I’m going to get a raise equal to the increase in minimum wage? More than likely not. Which will make me only making barely above the minimum wage. To beat it all the company I work for provides care for disabled persons and is funded by the county. I am responsible for their lives and drastically underpaid. Maybe President Obama should take a look at fair wages for all not just the people who are making minimum wage.

March 14, 2013 at 10:50 am
(186) maria says:

I agree with darlene.people who has it all doesnt think about the ones who strogle to have a good decent life.woman whos been abused as child and couldnt finish school all those teenager who s gone thrue alot and for some reason got in trouble during those high school years and spend years trying to get back in track but they cant because they have a kid to support and probation to pay.somehowthey cant succed cause they are tide up with bad background even for a stupid thing.they want to work and pay what they owe but money is never enough.

March 15, 2013 at 12:36 am
(187) Jessie says:

OK to EVERYBODY commenting on this consider the following. I am a 20 year old woman in Iowa. I work at Sam’s Club part-time as a cashier, Saturday I will be going to overnights. In order for me to afford the parts on my highly used 2002 Impala my husband has to donate plasma twice a week. Just so we have an extra $50 to our name. We both make $9.40 an hour and yet we can barely afford gas, both of our vehicles suck, his car doesn’t even run he has to drive his moms truck. We have to look for crummy apartments that pay most of the utilities so we can hope to afford a better used car or at the very least get his fixed. I have to ask my parents for gas money every two weeks because we put so much money out in groceries and I don’t have any medicaid or food stamps. We struggle pay check to pay check just to keep food on the table and gas in our vehicles. If the minimum wage went up and the government was smart about it, if they froze gas prices at even 2.90 a gallon here and froze rent and groceries most Iowans could get off of government help. In order to afford school I’m forced to live at home and work my butt off 8 hours a day 5 days a week and get grants to go to school. We need higher minimum wage and less greedy assholes in business. Screw your profits, this country needs lower prices.

March 15, 2013 at 7:32 am
(188) Anonymous says:

In a society where everybody gets a trophy, just for showing up to the game, raising minimum wage too high would only make it impossible for the people that DO work hard to be paid higher than the ones who don’t. I need more money, I get another job…My employer doesn’t give me as many hours as I want, I add a second or third job to the pool. I am talented and can find gainful employment to maintain the quality of life I enjoy, which is NOT a life of excess. Sure there are some people that may deserve more than minimum wage, but it seems there are more and more that people THINK they deserve more than what they are capapble of. For some, it’s not your fault, but for the majority it is. Stop thinking you are entitled, and start working hard for what you have. You do the job you want, not the job you have, and that is how you make it out of the minimum wage conundrum. If you have an employer that won’t give you a raise, then go find one who will. The jobs are out there, you just need to become something valuable to others and they will hire you.

March 15, 2013 at 8:25 am
(189) Cornelious says:

Several years ago I was at a regional seminar where the history of minimum wage adjustments was being discussed. Executives of several large companies were present. The general consensus was that when the government raised the idea of a higher minimum wage it was a green light to the business community that the economy was doing well and businesses could raise the cost of products and services; Utility companies could raise rates, commodities and transportation companies could raise prices, residential rental companies could raise rents, etc. The speaker went on to say that within one year of a minimum wage increase the buying power of the lower and middle income people would be no better – probably worse, but a reduction in taxes would put more money in the pockets of, and give greater buying power to these that need it most. At the time I did not believe him, but if you look back over the past twenty years minimum wage increases are always followed by price increases, utility companies’ raise rates, property taxes go up; the government collects more payroll taxes, etc. As bad as I hate to admit it government records show that only reduced taxes actually result in more money for the middle and lower income families.

March 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(190) Marty says:

All that raising the minimum wage does is raise prices across the board on everything. Want to earn more money? Go to school and earn it!

March 16, 2013 at 4:09 am
(191) Patrick says:

I think some of you fail to realize that minimum wage is not a means of supporting yourself in the first place, even years ago when the minimum was 5.15, anyone that was making that low of income could not afford to live independently…just because you can’t support yourself or your family on minimum wage does not mean the government needs to increase, it means you need to find a better job

March 16, 2013 at 10:26 am
(192) Darren says:

You want higher salaries, have the government step in and do something for the employers like me. I have many employees. Have you all heard of employee taxes. OK, lets look at that you as an employee pay taxes that your employer must take from your checks, us employers have to MATCH those taxes out of our pockets dollar for dollar. That means you get most of that money back at the end of the year we get NOTHINg, its our payment to the Government for allowing us to hire and american worker. CUT the employers tax burden in half. Secondly get regulation control on workers comp insurers and General liability insures that ram there fees up the employers butts to cover our workers, paid for by the employer NOT the GOVERNMENT and NOT the Employee, but by the EMPLOYER. We as employers pay fees to these insures usaually on what our payroll is the higher the payroll the higher the fees to the employers. The higher payroll also causes more taxes to be paid by both of us more money for the GOVERNMENT, thats all this is more costs = more fees= more taxes. Wake up !!!

March 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm
(193) Heather jewell says:

What really bothers me is all the congress does is set on their butts and make decisions and driving what i’m sure would be 2013 car and living in these really nice houses/manions and eating really expensive food.I would like to see the congress come out here work for their money while we are in Washington making the better decisions.Not all of this is Obama’s fault….just saying.

March 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm
(194) to rich and to poor says:

Okay I want to say that Mr. Obama that “CLAIMS” he is trying to help and will get this world back together for the better and for all the people out of jobs he better get off his butt and work alot more harder. OR WHY DONT THEY PAY HIM AND ALL THE GOVERNMENT MIN WAGE AND DONT TREAT THEM ANY FREAKIN DIFFERENT. People with money have no clue what its like to make a living and be a single mother and try to make means work. You need to raise the min wage to $10 an hour ATLEAST ASAP THIS YEAR 2013 ACROSS THE BAORD,,,,,,,,,,, Im sick of all this talk. TALK IS CHEAP AND MR OBAMA YOU NEED TO SHOW YOURELF ALOT BETTER HERE BUDDY!!! OR LETS VOTE AND TAKE AWAY FROM YOU AND YOUR FREAKIN KIDS!! NOW HOW WOULD YOU LIKE THAT TO BE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm
(195) Don says:

I believe minimum wage should not be increased. I have two jobs which both pay minimum wage and I am glad to have both and if it were to be raised I would be looking at the classifieds for a new job. Most small businesses which this country runs on cannot afford to pay that. What needs to be done is a decrease in spending especially foreign aid to other countries that don’t care about our well-being to begin with and tax cuts. Also the tax brackets need to be changed when they were established making $250,000+ was almost unheard of and now you’re lucking to have two thirds of it left if you have a decent paying job. The average American also has no idea the consequences for this increase. Inflation will be a huge factor, if you think gas is high now wait til this goes through. It will be at least $6 to cover the costs of the employees alone. So before you think we need it make sure you really look at the big picture and not the 1″x1″ section of flowers.

March 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(196) izz says:

Everything is already increased. If they increase minimum wage its Cus everything keeps getting expensive why would they make it more expensive just Cus we got couple more extra pennies in our pockets wats a filler extra gonna do to a business that is already ripping ppl off. I have two jobs too and I got to school and u know wat 8$ an hour doesnot cut it everything is going high watherr they increase it or not. Why do I have to work a full-time and a part-time just to take Carr of my self and family till I finish college which will take couple years

March 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm
(197) john says:

Min wage goes up and the price of everything will also go up to match, companies have to make a profit don’t you know. What you get on food stamps depends on the state, not the fed government. Raising the min wage is all smoke and mirrors, since I have a job it don’t mean that much too me but it will hurt those on welfare and fixed incomes if companies raise prices.

March 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(198) larry taylor says:

if the minuim wage goes to 12 dollars they need to raise social security to 1250 per month

March 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm
(199) mike says:

it won’t matter at all if they raise minimum wage because the extra money that the employers pay out will be counter balanced by prices on everything going up in cost in stores, gas pumps, and whatever else just like last time they raised it

March 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(200) Megan says:

I honestly am all for the increase of minimum wage jobs, but one thing people do not think about is what happens to all of our products once minimum wage goes up. Basic products that we manage to pay now will only increase when the wage increases. Since the companies that employ minimum wage jobs have to increase their pay out to workers they will in turn raise their prices to compensate, and this snowball effect will continue until the product reaches our shelves. We then in turn have to pay the increase so that people have the updated wage. Then what about people like me who I went to college and work at a Catholic School. I only get about 16 or 17 an hour when all is calculated out. My pay won’t increase just because minimum wage does, but the product I buy are going to go up. Thus allowing me to save less and spend more. I hope those who have to live on minimum wage jobs find someway to survive but I do not think raising the minimum wage will increase our economy and in turn lower prices.

March 19, 2013 at 1:05 am
(201) James says:

I’m for the wage increase but honestly it’s pointless either way. There’s no coming back from where we are now. Things will never get better b/c instead of everyone working together it’s every man for himself. It has always been that way. So many speak of the uneducated. A piece of paper saying you are smart doesn’t make it so. I have a 144 IQ but have never had the chance to attend college. I’ve wasted my life being a decent human being and helping people who needed it whether it benefit me or not. Basically it’s to late for America and the entirety of human kind. We’re all going down so I’ll just sit back and watch us rip each other apart.

March 19, 2013 at 7:18 am
(202) Tim says:

A “minimum wage”, set by government is a CONTROL undermining true market conditions. NO minimum wage is the best way to ensure that employees are paid what they’re worth in a free market. Employers know they have to pay a certain wage to attract decent, qualified employees. They don’t need the government to tell them what that wage should be. As a motivated employee acquires greater skills and becomes more valuable in the workplace he/she will earn more money because there are fewer individuals meeting the qualifications required from a business. Mandating a higher wage than free-market conditions will support only reduces the number of jobs (and opportunities) for those competing in the job market and reduces the incentive to excel through self-improvement.

March 19, 2013 at 8:19 am
(203) barbara says:

don’t see tennessee there! but it will sure be the last. everything has went up here, need 12.00 to feed a family and pay utilities. exc anything else. not everyone here is on gov help .

March 19, 2013 at 8:51 am
(204) David says:

I think a minimum wage increase is important. I feel that if you are working that you should NOT be in poverty. A lot of us lower income people are in poverty and have no health insurance and have to buy our prescription medications out of pocket. Here in Michigan minimum wage is $7.40/hr and I only make .67 cents more than that. I see minimum wage in Washington State is $9.19/hr. They’re MW is higher than my regular wage here. Maybe moving out west is something to think about? People go on about prices will go up if the MW is increased but thats not necessarily true. Prices tend to go up over time anyways, regarless of MW changes. I find it insulting and judgemental when people say MW jobs are for teens and therefore shouldn’t be making anymore. There are a lot of adult people that work in MW jobs.

March 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
(205) Edward Fox says:

The answer is plain and simple. No country got wealthy keeping pelple poor. As Ted Kenndy said “No one working full time should be livng below the povery level” Not only should they not but should be making a wage at least 20 percent above. I fnot more depending on benefits. It also stop exploitation of employees, and creates a more stable worlk force, and seazy employers cannot undercfut their competors. Look to austrailia, they no how to treat their people, they have the most progressive tax system in the world. Check out their unemployment rate

March 19, 2013 at 10:50 am
(206) emd says:

What p-s meoff is this….BIG fast food ALL over this plant and their general managers have salary…in lymans terms my boss gets paid to get drunk,high and have her 5 kid while deciding that She gets to lower workers hours and if they dont see things her way get the surprise of going from full time to part time and when 1 of her “buddies” cant work i am called and NO people the district manager never knew the issues until the older workers got fed up and had a sit down with him. NO we havent heard from him,but we sure are hearing about 7.25 should be enough for us “white slaves” tha t are working to make sure corp. is getting their new cars every year.PEOPLE when fast food jacks that price up it is NOT US EMPLOYEE getting that its that general manager and assistant managers getting it. If they cant live on their 2,000.00 amonth then share a paycheck with the ones that are covering youyr ASSETS>

March 19, 2013 at 11:01 am
(207) Mallory says:

Thank you ManofGod for your comment.
In 2003, my husband got cut from an executive position along with everyone else at his level when Accenture went public. Guess who owned 87% of the stock? The partners. My husband was promised a partnership the previous year, but the partners decided to not give any raises that year.
The bottom line? We went from him making $130,000 to unemployed for a year, then to underemployed, bankrupt, then to me having to go back to teaching making $32,000 a year and him selling insurance. We had three children 7, 3, and 7 months when I went back to work.
We went from being stock owners with retirement, to literally being at the poverty line.
We lost our house, cars, everything.
Finally, in 2012 I was able to quit teaching and stay at home with a a part-time editors job. My husbands career has finally recovered after a decade ago. And he worked so hard he literally did have a heart attack at the age of 40. He almost died.

Life is fragile and precious. The minimum wage is not sufficient for people to live on in this country. I cannot imagine how we could have coped with three children if that is all we made.

Bottom line? Circumstances can change, people can go through difficult times no matter how prepared they are. We should respect the dignity of each person allow everyone who works a better standard of living.
No matter how rich you are, ultimately you are not God. If you have been blessed, I can promise you it’s not about how “hard I worked to get what’s mine.” It is not yours forever.

March 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(208) joann says:

its pathetic that the minimum wage has not gone up in 4 years, this is why people are taking advantage of things like welface,ssi and the goverment, why work if you make the same without working ??!!

March 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(209) kyle says:

Howcome no one understands a minimum wage job is a starting point and should not be able to take care of a whole a family. It will only create reductions in hours and unemployment across the board.

March 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(210) Constance says:

It doesn’t make since that NY Minimum wage is $7.25 when the cost of living is much higher then other states.

March 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm
(211) elizabeth says:

I don’t think minumam raise should be raised in a bad ecomany. When minumam raise raised to 7.25 there were layoffs. Everytime minumam wage is raised prices go up. It’s better to make 600 a month and have a job than get laid off from your job with price increases and make 0 a month.

March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(212) mary says:

i think they should have a lower mimumam wage for minors from 14 to 17 years old

March 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm
(213) Savanah says:

Young adults and even older independent adults have been struggling with the middle class wages for far to long. It’s harder for young adults to become independent and strive to make a living for just themselves without spouses or dependents on the current minimum wage. Taxes have now gone up and it makes things even harder to then walk into the market of living on your own! Raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour would make unemployment less and there for raise the chance for middle class adults to find and stay in a good career.

March 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(214) June L. says:

I am a professor of economics. I understand intellectually both sides of this argument. One must understand this on a global scale. Every other wealthy, independent and free nation has a higher minimum wage than we do. It is disgusting to me that the people at the highest strata of our society are concerned with the poor in China but turn a blind eye to the people in their own country.

For those of you who continue to tout the line, “We have worked hard, we don’t want to pay more taxes”, please understand this: keeping the minimum wage low only increases government dependency. Unless there is an incentive to work for a decent (albeit still lower than other democratic nations, in most cases by at least half), we will continue to swell the welfare roles.

Your taxes, and mine will increase more in the long run if we do not institute a change in public policy.

March 20, 2013 at 12:45 am
(215) Mae Johns says:

Increases in the minimum wage have never, ever, not once, caused any type of economic downturn or hyperinflation. And the minimum wage has been around since FDR. Raising the minimum age is ALWAYS good for the economy and the business, because when poor workers have more money to spend, they spend it. When consumer demand grows, businesses thrive, earn more profits, and create more jobs. A minimum wage hike to $9 an hour would pump $21 billion into the economy. Quit telling the lie that minimum wage increases hurt the economy.

March 20, 2013 at 9:27 am
(216) susan says:

When minumam wage was increased to 7.25 there was a independandly ownden pizza joint that had to lay off workers. The owneres either had to raise prises or lay off employees. They decided to lay off employees so that they wouldn’t have to raise prices. One of the owners was crying about the situation because she didn’t want to lay off anyone.

March 20, 2013 at 10:05 am
(217) Nuclear worker/ road-schooling family says:

I’ve been working for almost 20 years with a paycheck now since I was 16.
The minimum wage was $4.25/hour then and has barely increased $3/hour. Gas prcies have quadrupled, dollar menus and dollar stores have also. Though some costs are extravagantly higher, some changes have been made to offset those, but not enough. Though minimum wage cannot quadruple, to see it at least double in twenty years would be a MINIMUM.
I have always made it a goal to earn AT LEAST $1 more per hour than minimum wage with each year working (which now would be $27.40/hour for me). I am not interested in managing the headaches of owning and operating a business, but I do get the luxury of selecting my job contracts in various states while collecting a legitimate paycheck and high unemployment for the 3-6 months per year I am off between contracts/projects.
I know that I cannot depend on the MINIMUM standards the government has set out for American workers and meet my goals, so I do what I can to help myself, educate myself and continue to seek better paying positions. Although I am more ambitious than most, I know that many don’t have the resourcefulness I have been blessed with.
It is up to the individual to pave his or her own way- else have it paved for them. Minimum wage jobs are for those starting first jobs, starting over and starting second jobs- beyond that, it is up to ourselves to fetch better positions- even if it means relocating.
If you are tied to a mortgage, ask yourself what good it is to have $25-50,000 equity and no job prospects or a $25-50,000 job and start fresh. Starting over is hard, but it’s a start that can hurl you into much more than minimum wage in these desperate times. Life is a numbers game. Don’t roll the dice on minimum wage going up to support you, start adding things up for yourself and move you and/or your family in the right direction. There is opportunity out there.

March 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm
(218) Ron says:

I can agree with both sides of the topic. I have been on both sides. I think as a nation, we could come together to help rebuild what is damaged. I believe that minimum wage should go up to fight off some of the roaring costs of living, but at the same time. What about the people such as myself that worked two and three minimum wage jobs at a time 70-90 hours a week to save up enough to put myself through college at almost 40, to get an education. So I can have a decent job and salary to have people with no education or skills to be eventually making the same? We don’t get a cost of living increase in Healthcare. Our insurance goes up with Obamacare…not our salaries. So, I feel bad for those struggling, but you need to pick yourselves up like the rest of us have. As for MW being 10/hr? I started 26 yrs ago as a minor making subminimum at 2.85 so I do understand. God Bless this country. Obama was definitely right about 1 thing in his compaign… WE NEED A CHANGE!!! Only we the people can make that change, don’t rely on the government to pull us out of it.

March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(219) James says:

When I was 19 I used to work at a national retail store for a little over min wage. I was single had no real bills and would often still not have very much money left over after simple things like gas food and phone bills. I would ask myself how in the world could anyone live off of $7.25 an hr. with kids, rent, insurance etc. I went to school and graduated and now at 21yrs old have a career that pays between $25-$30 which is much more. I have also helped run a small family business and know the difficulties of making money stretch, paying employees, as well as yourself. The little cost to run the business that add up.

As much as I would love to agree that raising the minimum wage will help solve Americans problems in the long run it will hurt Americans. It’s basic economics. In the short term employees will be happy because of the wage increase but over the long term two things will happen. 1) is that prices will rise(causing this new “wage” and the U.S.D to be worth much less in general) and 2) force more small businesses and companies to close down or move more jobs out of the country to find cheaper labor as well as hire less employees to do the same job, which will cause more unskilled workers to become unemployed and depend more on the government and cause taxes to raise for skilled workers (people that went to college) to pay for this new wave of unemployed people and a lot of small businesses will close down when less people have the money to pay for there goods and services at a higher price.
The solution to this problem is not raising min wage but changing more people from being unskilled workers to being skilled workers by offering incentives to companies to educate there workers by sending them to schools and programs to become an asset that will be worth the higher pay. Thus will allow advancement there career to higher levels which will cause said employee to be worth more to there companies, instead of layoffs and jobs being outsourced.

March 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(220) Jon says:

Yes should be raised but if you think about it where is there full time work anymore for folks making min wage?

March 21, 2013 at 2:30 am
(221) Taiee says:

GO TO COLLEGE FOR A BETTER PAYING JOB….most of you are screaming, well for those of you screaming that please go to your local community college and take a look at the prices. I live in Alaska where minimum wage is 7.25 an hour. Rent for a basic 1bd rm apt. is over 900.00 (low end, and you have to usually make 3X your rent to even qualify) and lets not forget we have to pay ele, gas and water in most places so add another 160.00(low end) to the 900.00 and you have 1060.00. Now let’s not forget gas at over 4.00 a gallon and mandatory auto ins. there is another 230.00 now we are at 1290.00 and that does not include any extras like a phone (home or cell) or least of all food or medical. Most jobs here are 32-36 hours a week and at 7.25 hr you are looking at 232.00-261.00 a week or 928.00-1044.00 a month before taxes, so take off 232.00-261.00 a month for taxes, medicare etc and what do you have? let me tell you, you have 696.00-783.00 A MONTH. Does that pay the rent, no it does not never mind anything else….get a second part time job, ok and if you could go to school when the hell are you going to go? I have an education and because I was wrongly accused of doing something at work in my “right to work” state I am now suffering at someone elses hand. Do you people know that every interview I have been on they have 30-100 (or more) applicants for the same damn position? Our unemployment rate here is bigger than most think….but people flock here for all the “JOBS”. Where are they? I would work at McDonalds for 9.00 an hour thank you very much but right now my unemployment pays better than 7.25 X 30 hour work week. Alaska has one of the highest costs of living but our minimum wage is among the lowest…..go figure!!!

March 21, 2013 at 2:39 am
(222) Taiee says:

Correction our minimun wage is 7.75 an hour so add 80.00 a month to the above figures……minus the 20.00 for taxes and thats 60.00 a month more….big deal now we can almost pay our inflated rent. whoopieeee and don’t even get me started on our public transportation in a state where it drops to 20 below in the winter and there is no where to stand or walk but the streets, or the high cost of food!! If you come to Alaska you get “STUCK” here because you will never be able to save enough to leave!!!!! IMO

March 21, 2013 at 2:48 am
(223) Taiee says:

And to all you business owners large and small……you get what you pay for at the end of the day! If you pay someone 7.75 an hour expect the minimum with the least amount of effort. If you pay a bit more you will get more out of your employees. At raise time, don’t give a .10 an hour (3.20 a week at 32 hours) raise because what you are telling your employee is that you do not appreciate them or the job that they are doing. Just saying…….

March 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(224) Scott says:

First of all if you are over 30 years old and still making minimum wage you have failed at life. Minimum wage type jobs are for people just starting out in the workforce who have no experience. You are not supposed to stay on at that same minimum wage job for the rest of your life. You gain experience and then you move on to a better job. That is how is works. If you raise the minimum wage to 10 or 12 dollars an hour two things will happen. One is that employers will not be able to hire as many low skilled employees as they currently have. This will cause people to loose their jobs and some businesses to shut their doors. This kind of wage increase would disastrous to the unemployment rate and the economy as a whole. And the second thing that would happen is that unskilled and unexperienced kids in high school and just out of high school would not be able to find a job ever again. The reason for that is simple, no business will be able to hire an unskilled, unexperienced worker these high rates. The jobs would only go to those that either have a degree, or some other form of certification, or to those that already have experience working in that field.

March 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(225) scott says:

Such a tragic story to weave there Taiee. Though I think you are forgeting about a few things. A person in a situation as you have described would also qualify for Welfare, Cash assistance, food stamps, medicaid, section 8 government housing, federal student aid. And if, God forbid, they have children then they also qualify for TANF, WIC, free school meals, and a wealth of other programs. So stuff your self-rightous bull about the plight of the poor and their explotation by the evil, greedy business owners.

March 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(226) Alex says:

I go to school and work at a fast food place making $8.05 an hour…but only working 16-20 hours a week (32-40 over the course of a payroll period) and the taxes taken out, I’m lucky if I can buy groceries. On top of that, I have a phone bill, car insurance and gas. $9 an hour would maybe help a little more, but with the cost of living today, there is no reason why minimum wage wouldn’t be over $10.

March 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(227) Donna says:

I worked twenty plus years and made fifteen dollars an hour and because of downsizing i lost my job and now make eight dollars an hour.I don’t think anyone should have to work for so little pay that they have to wonder if they will be able to buy food.What needs to happen is all of these people who don’t work but use our services we pay for need to get off thier a***es and get a job.Most of them are drug addicts or drunks anyway why should we the working people have to support them.

March 22, 2013 at 5:24 am
(228) John says:

The Minimum wage should not be raised. I asked 20 employees if they would work harder if the hourly rate would go up. All said no. Minimum wage is not a way of life. Get a education, go to College, get a degree, and stop asking everyone else to support you and the kids. If you can’t support kids, then you should not have them.

Its not my fault that you dropped out of school, to start a family at 16.

March 23, 2013 at 1:10 am
(229) Kevin says:

I feel some of you aren’t being fair. I’m 18, living away from my parents, have no kids, and have a clean record. I have a fairly long sob story behind me, and because of that, I’m making minimum wage. Because I make minimum, the only place I can afford to live is in a closet in a two bedroom apartment with two other roommates. If minimum wage doesn’t increase, I may be stuck living like this forever. Sure, it’s not your fault, but I’m willing to bet that if any of you were in this situation, you would want the minimum wage increased as well. We aren’t being selfish, or trying to scam anyone, we just want to eat.
140lb, 6’2″, very unhealthy guy.

March 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(230) Brad says:

I really think it should be raised I am working 50 hours a week plus and i’m in college. I still have to live at home and still can not make ends meet making 8.45 and 7.75 a hour between two jobs. Gas prices are crazy food and everyrhing else is college kids can not make ends meet no matter what with low pay. Minnimum wage should be a lot higher for college students.

March 24, 2013 at 8:07 am
(231) Greg says:

It is obvious the world is filled with too many uneducated people. People who only see the surface but not the reality. Do you people think it’s really fair that you work hard and go in debt for college to not make anymore than a drop-out who lives off the government? Let me give you a real life scenario of how raising min. wage works. Lets divide this into 3 groups of people. Min. wage, Above min. wage, and Greedy. This is how this cycle works when you raise min. wage. Min. wage workers get an increase. Above min wage workers get nothing. Now Greedy raises prices so MIn. wage people are back to where they were and Above min wage people drop down to Min. wage people and guess what Greedy gets more Greedy. It’s not a very hard concept to see. I can see raising min. wage but everyone else should get a wage increase as well, but they DON’T!!! This means inexperienced drop-outs make the same as people w/degrees and/or experience. This is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer! Think about it!

March 24, 2013 at 8:42 am
(232) Jenny says:

Can you say socialism?? Let’s take a group of high school drop-outs and increase their wages at the expense of the rest of the economy… And while we’re at it, let’s continue to raise their respective rates in relationship to the INEVITABLE cost of living increases that will take place acrossed the board. Meanwhile, let’s screw over those who’ve worked hard to obtain careers or skills by keeping their wages the same and yet gouge them with the same inflated cost of living…brilliant! What’s even more brilliant? The exponential increase in unemployment we will see. It looks like Obama is going for the gold on this one! Can employers really afford to pay this increase, continue to staff the same amount of employees, and keep the costs of their products/services down? Obviously something is going to give… Our entire economy is hanging by a thread and all I see is a President eagerly wacking away at it with a machete.

March 24, 2013 at 10:39 am
(233) qwerty9988 says:

Plain and simple the minimum wage is too low. You cannot live on it. But everyone in this country is too greedy to admit it. Raise the minimum wage and put drastic time restrictions on welfare. For most people on welfare, it’s not worth it to take a minimum wage job. They get welfare, health care, food stamps and many run some under-the-table business, legal or illegal.

There are too many people living off the backs of people that can’t afford food, shelter and utilities. Walmart CEO, for example, brings in over $18 million, in addition to a number of other executives in the 5-10 million range. It is almost like we are going back to feudal times and we are all serfs.

Second, don’t let them pull off this part-time bull. Part time hours should give part-time benefits. If you pay $200 a month towards benefits for a full-time employee, then a part-time employee gets $100 in benefits.

March 24, 2013 at 11:58 am
(234) bddelux says:

The only issue I have with the this is last time the government raised it I didn’t get a raise from my boss. Food, gas all essential stuff went up, so I lost money on the deal if they up it again I’m went from being double the minimum wage to $2. over minimum wage. I go from lower middle class to poverty!! Thank you government for screwing the middle class again. You know there is NO provision for the people like me and millions others like me that will take a huge pay cut with nothing to do with it. Just saw a craigslist add for great paying jobs with previous experience $9-12 hr!!! Minimum wage now!?!?

March 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm
(235) anne says:

Not everyone who works for minimum wage is a dropout or degenerate. I do see both sides of the argument though. My most recent employer, in what I believe is fear of the raised min wage, laid off many of the long time employees who were earning more and being paid benefits. I was one of them. I do collect foodstamps, out of necessity, not for fun. I have no kids nor do I have any secret money making scams on the side. Its a shame that a single person with no dependents can do right and work a full-time job and still be within the poverty level. I have several college credits and would love to finish, but who’s going to pay the rent while I go to school?…There’s a lot of fine people who are in the same boat. I just accepted another min wage job just to keep some money coming in. Raising the min wage is very necessary, and long overdue! Kudos to everyone who has worked hard and became successful. Just remember we are not all dealt the same hand in life. Not everyone bucks the system. I just want the opportunity to rid myself of the stress and worry of getting bills paid n being able to eat! (Yes, sometimes its that bad).

March 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm
(236) Dennis says:

I am all for a fair wage. But what most of you don’t account for is those of us small business owners who are barely managing to keep our doors open. The media and the public almost never consider those of us who took the risk to open a small business. Go ahead and raise our minimum wage to $10/hour and watch our employees go from making $8/hour to $0/hour when we go out of business. What do you think they would rather make?

March 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(237) Greg says:

Dennis may I ask what you pay yourself as a wage? I don’t mean business expenses either just your take home that you pay yourself. I agree you can’t live off min wage, BUT making it higher is NOT the answer. There is a reason the $1 isn’t worth what it use to be. If people would charge a decent price for stuff we wouldn’t need higher min wages. That is where the real problem lies. Take this one for example. I remember back 12 years ago I did HVAC and I went out on a service call and sold a new furnace and installed it myself. $2000 sale. It took less than a day. I was getting $10/hr which was pretty decent back then. The principle is still the same though. 4 hrs of work $40. The supplies cost him like $700. The owner pocketed like $1200 profit. I did all the work and got $40. That is where the real problem lies!

March 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(238) Destinie says:

people do not realize that when minimum wage goes up so does everything else. A gallon of milk is already almost 5 dollars a gallon, gas is almost 4 dollars a gallon, and all grocries have gone up due to the last increase. I was making a decent living until the last increase and now I’m struggling to make ends meet. I’m almost finished with college and was hoping to live better than I was but I might be right where I am now.

March 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(239) ChrisG says:

Hi Greg

“BUT making it higher is NOT the answer. There is a reason the $1 isn’t worth what it use to be. If people would charge a decent price for stuff we wouldn’t need higher min wages. That is where the real problem lies”

What is a decent price? A decent price is whatever someone is willing to sell it for.

I started a small business (manufacturing) and I understand that I must keep the price of my goods in check in order for anyone to buy them. I also compete with China and other third world manufacturing firms who have populations willing to work for cheap. I charge whatever the market will bear. Bui I keep in mind that in order for my doors to stay open I must keep my price competitive. It is unfair of the government to intervene and tell me there is some minimum wage I have to pay employees. (not unfair for me, but actually unfair for them) The minimum wage should be $0.00. I operate in Canada and the minimum wage is $9.00. I am slowly mechanizing all of my process’ to remove the unskilled labour component. Where will my six unskilled employees be then.
The machinery I need to make their jobs redundant is 1/2 million.

March 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(240) ChrisG says:

Once I finance that machinery they will have no more jobs. Turns out the monthly payments on leasing the equipment is less than what I pay in wages to the unskilled. At the end of day, the math is telling me to lay off my unskilled guys. If the minimum wage was lower, it would not be economical to buy the machinery and lay off my workers. Am I a bad person because I am trying to save money? No. They would have to work for $3.00 an hour for me to make it worth it to keep them. However once they grew the brains to run the machinery I could and would be willing to pay them more (in excess of $20.00). However as it is, they are priced outside of the market as a result. I will have to higher technicians who can already run the machinery. The minimum wage is harmful to the underskilled and the uneducated because it makes in unprofitable for business owners to train and educate them. It also makes it more difficult for us to grow our business and as a result there are even less jobs. If the employees were allowed to work for $2.00 an hour, many business owners would spend the time and money to train them into individuals who make much more than the minimum wage. Minimum wage is a government scam that only hurts the people it intends to help. I turn away many prospective underskilled employees because I already know that I cannot afford to pay them for their limited productivity. It is illegal for me to pay them a wage that there ability dictates. As a result I cannot even have them in my shop sweeping a floor and learning something from the other skilled workers.

March 25, 2013 at 7:57 am
(241) Greg says:

ChrisG…. A decent price is one where you are not greedy and pocket all the profits! It sounds like you are a very greedy man though. Good luck w/the machinery and paying to have them fixed. The fact you honestly think paying someone $2 per hour should be a viable option is assenine! Whether unskilled or not, work will still be done WHILE TRAINING!!! I have trained in diff jobs and trust me I know work gets done while training. The difference is while training you do most of the nasty work, regardless it is still work that NEEDS to be done. I don’t know of too many jobs where someone training doesn’t work alongside someone else in which both people trainer and trainer are working.

March 25, 2013 at 8:02 am
(242) Jennifer says:

The need for minimum wage stems from the employer that hires unskilled labor at minimum wage, pays them while they learn and then continues to pay the minimum wage. Where I work there are many people that have been here 6 or 7 years and the only raise they have recieved was when minimum wage went up in 2009. Now they are skilled labor in our industry and don’t leave in fear of not being able to find another job in this economy, yet they continue to EARN the minimum amount possible.

March 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(243) John says:

Currently I’m making 7.40 an hour working nights as dispatch for a cab company. I made more in high school about twenty years ago

March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(244) V says:

I think minimum wage increases could be a good thing if done correctly. The truth of the matter is, that the whole system is faulty. There are faults at every turn when you work through our governments plans, programs, etc. The only issue I have with minimum wage increasing is this. I have been with my company going on 8 years. I started at minimum wage like everyone else, but I have worked very hard to get into the management position I hold. The last increase of minimum wage, the gap was closed between mgr pay & everyone else. So when minimum wage goes up, say to $9/Hr, our pay gap will close even tighter. I make $11/hr, but starting pay for new mgrs is $9/Hr, it was $8/hr when I 1st stepped up. Sure this company will adjust the starting pay for new mgrs from that point, but what about those of us who have pushed hard to earn our raises? It breaks down morale for mgrs in my shoes. I’m not saying bump everybody up the same amount, an extra $1.75/Hr, but at Least reevaluate our performance at that time & consider raises where earned. The system will never be perfect, nor will it Please everyone. We just have to compromise & find solutions to make it work in our own situations.

March 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(245) Zack says:

Hahah…. Minimum wage $10.10??? Is this a joke? Minimum wage was never meant to live off of. Go get a degree of some kind and better your self. Pretty soon those without degrees will be making more than this with degrees. Unbelievable!!!! Also, if minimum wage goes this high… Get ready because prices on everything will go up more than the wage increase and you will be far worse off. Don’t say I did not warn you. Completely ridiculous. Also minimum wage is the same for ages from 16 – 130. Is this fair?? This is a broken system. If you are a hard work, no one is worried about the minimum wage rate because we are making more, BUT lets give the kitchen sink away and we all need to be on a fair playing field, make the same for everyone. Is this America… Founded on capitalism principles ?? Food for though … Hope you all digest it and don’t get heartburn with this dose of reality!! WAKE UP people ….

March 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm
(246) el says:

ok, it is 7pm,tuesday evening- imagine sitting at your computer, cramming for one of your 4 college courses, with a 6 year old in your ear, a two year old at your feet, and a 6 month old in the playpen 6 feet away, everybody wants mommy, mommy just got home from work two hours ago and hasn’t had a bite to eat since noon. mommy has to finish her six page paper on microeconomics, that is only halfway done, no proofreading yet. At one point she held a GPA OF 3.64, UNTIL those babies got bigger, and more needy. she is not one to fail, a “b” is disappointing to her. She cannot possibly pull of all 4 classes, plus make enough money to run the house, not to mention cleaning, children nessesities…why does she have to have “skills” to deserve a living wage? is she not important, she tried to get those skills, but can’t do that and pay the bills at the same time…can’t even afford to take a few weeks off to take a quick class, she would lose 1000, a whole months pay in order to pull that off, can’t go without lights and heat now can she, you ppl all think you know whats wrong with the economy, but you dont, do my job for 1 day and tell me i don’t have skills, i don’t deserve a living wage. minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage, then what was it meant for? everybody was supposed to get skilled? tell me how exactly are we supposed to pull that one off, we compete for work with immigrants, explain this to me

March 26, 2013 at 1:12 am
(247) Toni says:

I live in Mississippi and minimum wage is $7.25. I know we have to be the number one under paid state in America. I am a CNA and my starting pay was $8.00. Thats a trade and I only get paid .75 more than the person working at the drive thru at McDonald’s. Let me explain something about Mississippi. This is the worst state to live in. Everything is high but you’re paid pennies on the dollar. We need for this pass and maybe the government will see more people coming off food stamps and walfare. No, your not suppose to make a living off minimum wage but you’re not suppose to be hurting from it either. I would like for my fellow people to be able to pay their bills without help from the government. If the House and Senate doesn’t do anything about this they might as well keep putting money to the side for food stamps, welfare, and other programs that are taking effects on “budget cuts.”

March 26, 2013 at 7:45 am
(248) Craig says:

I noticed all of the southern states minimum wage is right at the minimum

March 26, 2013 at 8:56 am
(249) smitty says:

Minimum wage should be increased not only because people can barely make it by with families but also because its devastating knowing that cost of living is going up. Whether people have a family or not there’s still people getting kicked out on the streets even when they have a job. Less wealthier people break there backs on a day to day basis, an do what richer people are to damn lazy to do. Less wealthier people should have the upper hand an say in the minimum wage because were the ones doing the work not the richer people. Its the governments job to make sure all is to be treated as equal as the other. By minimum wage not being increased to where we can afford to make a living is causing conflict an driving people to do certain crimes, an if it doesn’t get increased all it shows is the government shitting on the little people that actually put forth the effort to do the job an to get it done properly.

March 26, 2013 at 9:43 am
(250) Greg says:

Maybe Mommy shouldn’t have had 3 kids before she could take care of them! Maybe daddy or daddys should help out. Why does everyone feel entitled to handouts! Min. wage does not need increased. Peoples intelligence however does. For the foodstamp post, if this passes you will not see people getting off foodstamps or gov. help! What will happen is prices will go up on everything and so will the income requirements for gov. assistance. Hey if we wait long enough 90 percent of the nation will be sitting home living off barrowed $$ from everywhere else in the world…. Hmmm maybe we are onto something here. An entire nation of lazy moochers living off the rest of the world!

March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(251) mjs says:

Society expects everybody to buy a new car and a house.How in the hell are you going to do that even at $10.00 dollars an hour?.This country does not produce anything anymore, it’s all imported product.America takes a dim view of labor.Society expects everyone to push buttons and be college graduates.This is fine but unless we start producing product,Things are just going to get considerably worse.America’s become a land of eaters,not producers.

March 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(252) Riley says:

It’s sad how people think this is a good thing. Does nobody realize this will make minimum wage jobs much harder to get?

March 27, 2013 at 8:08 am
(253) ROBINHOOD says:

put a gun in your hand, its time to kill a rich man! kill the rich! kill the rich! kill the rich! hang them, burn them! drink the blood of a rich baby and lice forever!

March 27, 2013 at 8:28 am
(254) heather says:

Yes bc the cost of living is so high and food etc. We bust are butts to work just to support our family barely getting by.

March 27, 2013 at 10:16 am
(255) Denise says:

I think minimum wage should be raised especally i because te cost of living is steadly increasing so the wages whould increase also. If you want unemployment to decrease give the people a raise to give them something to sty working so hard for. $1.00 to $2.00 will not hurt the economy. This raise mi9ght help the economy. Give Us A raise.

March 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm
(256) Ruben says:

this is just basic math. you take the average of basic necessities to live divided by the average hours worked in a month and there you have it minimun wage.

example: for 1 person

average 1 bed apartment= 900/month
groceries= 200/month
utilities= 175/month
clothing= 060/month (assuming you buy an average jeans, and a shirt plus underwear, socks in a month) and dont tell me you dont have more than 12 things of clothing in a year because you are a liar if you do.

lets add them up! ………1335/ a month
ok now lets take the average hours worked by americans in a month which is around 35 hours per week times 4 weeks = 140
so 1335/140= 9.5/hr keep in mind that is just for basic necessities so you be the judge if we deserve more or less

March 28, 2013 at 1:50 am
(257) Brenda says:

In Ohio, this would mean a change from $7.85 to $9.50. This is an extra $3,432/year per employee. At 20 employees making minimum wage, a company automatically loses $68,640 with no increase in skill level and no increase in company revenue. Can you imagine how many jobs will be lost and how many businesses shut down? What a horrible proposal. Those making minimum wage will not be “better off”. They will have no job and no income at all if this happens.

March 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm
(258) Greg says:

Brenda as much as I am against min. wage increase, your scenario is stupid. If a company has 20 employees and they all make min. wage then the company is greedy and deserves it. There is no way all 20 employees have just started.

March 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(259) Austin G says:

Greg, she didn’t say they only had twenty employees. The McDonalds where I live pay above minimum (7.25) starting out but they have 70+ employees and not many of them are making more than $8 an hour, they could easily have twenty people making her minimum.

March 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm
(260) Texas_GIRL says:

I am a23 years old single mother of 2 children. I don’t receive Medicaid, I’m not on housing. And I don’t receive foodstamps. I KNOW the struggle. I live in Texas so that also says a lot. I work for the school district and that job is considered a part time. Making 7.47 an hour I’m lucky to have a family night at McDonald’s. We all have our own problems. But we manage to get by.   Our cards we’re delt different and all I can and will do is find a way to support my family. I pay my taxes as well as the rich. And if, IF this will help me out a bit so be it .I won’t hate the rich cause they down talk the “poor” ,nor will I feel pitty for the ones who don’t have a job. .Politics aren’t really my cup of tea, I just thought id put my input in on this. Coming from, what some of you would call a “MINORITY “.

March 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(261) Superman says:

I think people are too invested into the goodness of companies and businesses than the goodness of their fellow human beings who are struggling to make ends meet. Who gives a rats a** about a company/business? If it goes out another will come to replace it or buy it out, simple as that. What we should care about is our fellow people, most who are not doing very well at this time and age.

I say we raise minimum wage to at least $9, which is still not enough to live even with just basic necessities. By putting an extra dollar into people’s hands, they’ll have an extra dollar to spend at your company/business so it all works out evenly. It’s a win-win situation for both consumer and company rather than having companies get all the money and giving the rest of us their leftover change.

March 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm
(262) Texas_GIRL says:

I agree with @ Superman %100

March 29, 2013 at 12:46 am
(263) Chris says:

I had a lot to say about this subject, but after reading some of these comments I’ve decided to keep it short and simple.
MW should be raised, whatever that number is should reflect the cost of living differences per state.
These store owners crying over “closing their doors,” or “raising prices to compensate” should just stop. The cost of living goes up every year, never down, as well as gas/store prices. So if you have to close down your business its probably because you’re a poor business person or your business was never profitable to begin with not because you’re paying $9 hr to your employees

March 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(264) Taiee says:

@Ruben…..Nice job, however you forgot to take out taxes etc. and transportation costs are not included…..bus passes are 75.00 a month and if you are lucky enough to have a car there is insurance and gas….how about another 250.00 to that amount. Also, what on gods green earth are you eating for 200.00 a month, Top ramen and oatmeal? Drinking only water? You could get 2 happy meals a day @ 2.99 each (with milk or apple juice) and that comes to 180.00 and eat better than what 200.00 at the grocery store will get you….just saying

I still see “get an education” on here too much…..please do tell where all the free schools are? AN EDUCATION IS NOT FREE!!! (for those of you that had your Harvard education paid for by parents or loans the parents paid off) Some of us are barely making enough to have a roof and eat!!! I am educated and still only make about on average 11.00 an hour….with an education!!!!


Using Rubens figures (which are very close) after 140 hours I would only make 1,540…..BEFORE taxes….with an education!! There are no welfare benefits for me as I make to much and all my children are grown and gone….no food stamps, no medicaid, no housing etc……you say there is help however where is it???????

The light is on but nobody is home……

March 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(265) jenny says:

Hi I have a family of 3, my husband is the only one that works and is paid 730 works only 30 hours a week, car paymennt is 155 every two weeks rent is 235 every two weeks, not to mention. All our bills water gas and elective, then gas for ourcar 75, that’s already more than his income still haven’t bought. Food or anything for our baby,with no state help,minimum. Wage nneds to up at least to 875 an hour

March 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(266) Redbolt says:

Raising wages is part of the solution, but other things have to change too. Prices that large corporations are charging need to level off or the cycle will continue. While conservatives generally dislike regulations, it is necessary to keep things from getting further out of hand.

The ones who say “get an education” mostly had an education handed to them on a silver platter – note I said MOSTLY. Sad day in America when hard work benefits the guy writing the check instead of the one working for a check. If something doesn’t change soon – the gap between rich and poor will grow to that of a third world country.

Wealthy business owners who don’t pay their help respectively should be ashamed. Paying people the minimum when they put their full effort on the table every day so you can have a spare Porche is unacceptable.

March 31, 2013 at 9:35 am
(267) lisa says:

I believe to increase a little but if it goes to a huge increase small Buisness will close…owners working there small buisness are just making it! And working americans need to work not complain and be happy to have a job. W need to be able to do a great job and care about these small buisness and make living affordable to have this increase or all small buisness will go under!!

April 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(268) Alexandro Carrera says:

I work a minimum wage job in Texas, which has a State minimum wage rate that matches the federal rate at $7.25. Yes, I barely make enough to pay for the gas I need to get to and from work, and yes, the amount of hours I receive are insufficient, but I understand why I make minimum and why my hours are so limited. Unlike some big businesses with a pyramid effect of wealth where there is no “trickle down” my place of employment is genuinely struggling. There are only 5 employees, 3 of which only work about 12 hours a week at minimum wage.
My point is, not all businesses have the profit to pay employees more and make the position more desirable. I know there would a be a negative effect on the entire business if I received more hours at higher pay, though I do feel we all deserve it.
Small businesses are already struggling, and with higher wages come higher prices and less hours.

April 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm
(269) Rebecca says:

working a full time minimum wage job is what I call *paid slavery*..it is boring, monotonous..it is the worst thing in the world. It kills your soul and steals your freedom. We feel like we are trapped, we need this job for security..we need it to feed ourselves and pay the bills. We work so hard, therefore we are stressed out and miserable. We are sleep deprived, out of shape, and we smoke cigarettes, do drugs, get hammered in attempt to repress our emotional pain and frustration. This life is a trap, a never ending cycle of working an exhausting and draining job, barely making it, and coping with stress by engaging in self destructive habits. This life is a nightmare. I would rather be homeless and carry a shopping cart and cardboard boxes around..at least I would still have my time and my freedom..the most precious things in the world.

April 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(270) Jordan says:

Even though I’m old enough to have a job at 17, Learning U.S History I have noticed with every increase with minimum wage everything else’s prices raise with it even higher than before. So what would be the point in trying to get the wage increased when its helping the economy, but not helping the people who need the money. If people are struggling that bad, I think it would be best to Cut down on the congress’s paying wage and evenly Distribute it out to the population, but it obvious that 90% of congress are greedy and wouldn’t consider doing it. Minimum wage increase is a waste of time.

April 2, 2013 at 12:15 am
(271) kieland says:

Let me just say this. Those who argue that “people just want a handout” or “businesses will close” or my favorite, “people need an education in the money will come” are complete idiots.. Not everyone wants a hand out. I am approaching my senior year in college, my mom makes not even 20,000 a year so i have had to support myself the whole way through. You would think I would be able to get every grant available but the way our system is setup that is NOT the case! I have to work a minimum wage job and go to school full time not because I want to, but because I have to. For people to sit here in complain about how minimum wage shouldn’t go up aren’t looking at the big picture. Like someone above stated, when people earn more, they buy more so it becomes a win win situation. This shouldn’t even be a debate. Rich people forget how hard it is at the bottom. No one wakes up in the morning and says they want to earn the lowest possible. People are complaining about minimum wage going up to $9.00… That’s not even near what it should be if we are basing it off of cost of living. We as Americans should be able to see the bigger picture. We shouldn’t have to wait until the President points out how low our minimum wage is. We preach about how great our country is but how can we help or even support other when statistics show the number of states where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week is at ZERO.

April 2, 2013 at 10:30 am
(272) Chas says:

I own a couple businesses and I dont have any minimum wage employees. The lowest I pay today is $10.00 per hr. That said, I think everyone needs to look at the economic cycle that will ultimately occur. Whether we think businesses are selfish fatcats or what ever you want to call them, they have a profit margin they are going to make no matter what. That means, raise the minimum rate and they are going to cut staff and work their remaining staff harder, after a time they will have raised their rates and they will hire more staff, the next thing you know rates have gone up for everything enough to make the raise in minimum wage non-effective. Raising the minimum rate is not the answer. I dont know what the answer is but raising the minimum rate is a very short term solution with a long-term nullified result. But it does make politicians feel good about themselves and presidents can go home at night saying they did something even if they knew the long-term effect was a zero end sum game.

The answer has to come back to communities in charge of communities and taxation reduced. It was said many times above in previous posts, the rich arent the ones paying all these taxes. The middle class and below are shouldering the costs. Find a way to move social responsibilities back to the people and out of the governments hands and it will cost less and more can be done with the dollars and we will not be near as worried about the minimum wage issue.

April 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm
(273) Aidan says:

People don’t realize that if the minimum wage is increased, then the value for everything else will increase as well. It’s just like printing more money, but instead requiring more money to be spent. This will cause CEO’s, who want a profit and deserve a profit like any good business, to increase their prices. This is just a recipe for inflation. If there is anything that needs to be done to strengthen the dollar, the gov’t needs to buy money and destroy it. This will strengthen the US dollar, having less dollars in the world.

April 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(274) Michele says:

People who work minimum wage jobs usually have to
work two jobs in order to make ends meet. Minimum wage should increase along with the cost of living. Housing goes up,food cost increases, energy for our homes confine to rise & let’s not forget about all forms of transportation. All you want to increases minimum wage to $9, that is a joke right. You wonder why crime rates are on the rise because people with little or no education work like dogs with vary little pay. People get a grip of reality.

April 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm
(275) I care about the poor! says:

Hell Yeah!!! Raise minimum wage Some people cant even afford a home Cause rents have skyrocketed They have to live on the streets They cant get public housing cause there is a waiting list.

April 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm
(276) Kayla says:

It would not cause inflation due to the fact that if minimum had kept up with inflation it would be much higher today. Currently in no state making minimum wage could a person afford a one bedroom apartment unless they worked at least 60 hours a week. So yes, minimum wage should be raised to a much higher level.

April 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm
(277) balone young says:

Yes,I think and increase should be in affect like now because economy is suffering with gas prices as well as the cost for food. Myself personally salute Mr.Barack on this decision all the way.

April 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(278) anna says:


April 4, 2013 at 6:37 am
(279) Vesper2 says:

Hey: I have news for everyone, my husband has worked on average >100 hours per week for over 30 years. He just had a full cardiac work up and has the heart of a “young man”. YES, you can work multiple jobs and not die from it. Further, on my husband’s back 15 families have a salary and benefits. Yes, he needs his employees to perform his skills BUT he could decide to lay off all but 2 employees and still earn a comfortable salary for himself. He has always put his employee’s needs ahead of himself! His employees take 2 weeks of paid vacation every year. He has had 12 one week vacations in 30 years of work whereas his employees have had 60 weeks of vacation in the same time frame. While he was in school to gain his skill set, he worked 2 part time jobs and I worked a full time job and a part time job. We did this for 10 years before he was able to start his business. We did this by not owning a car, not having cell phones, going to movies, eating out etc. We sacrificed and now we enjoy a comfortable life and our employees are able to have health insurance, 401K, dental and vision insurance and paid vacations! Do we earn more than they do, OF COURSE, we work 3 times the hours that they do! Oh, and by the way, if we work over 40 hours per week we do NOT get time in a half or holiday pay. By the way, we don’t get vacations so that we can afford to pay our employees a minimum of 14.00 per hour and a maximum of 32.00 per hour. Even though the majority of our employees are entry level skill sets and many others in the same positions earn 9.00 per hour. SO BEFORE YOU JUDGE BUSINESS OWNERS, think about all the sacrifices the owners make just to provide you the ability to be employed. If you don’t like it, build your own business and hire your own employees!

April 4, 2013 at 10:33 am
(280) Barb says:

My daughter has worked for the same company for 6 yrs, making 7.25 a hr. Not one raise, Boss says they can’t give them raises. He sure did do a big fix up on the hotel. Why should we wait for so many yrs for it to take effect if it passes. We all need it now.

April 4, 2013 at 11:49 am
(281) pkanext says:

WOW! People really don’t know their own history. When Clinton was in office he managed to raise the minimum wage after a long fought battle. Everyone said that inflation would run rampant and small businesses would collapse from the strain. Soon Republicans warned us to run for the hills!
Yet none of that happened! Small businesses actually saw an increase in income, because higher wages meant more spending power. And more taxes paid into the states and fed. So, the economy was booming. There was a surplus of everything including Social Security revenue.
Suddenly more people were needed in the work place and companies were hiring. It was a win-win, until Republicans came back into power and trickle down economics were once again employed. Then they gutted the Social Security funds by”borrowing” for congressional pet projects. Of course, the borrowed funds were never
repaid, and now they use the “Social Security is bankrupt” ploy to distract us from the real issues.
The real tragedy here is that Americans work harder than other industrialized countries for much less pay/benefits than they do.
One study suggested that; in order to make a “livable wage”, Americans should be earning $25 hr and only work 30 hrs a week with full health benefits.
I for one agree…

April 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm
(282) kay says:

I think minumam wage should be lower for minors from 14 to 17 year olds. They are still under their parents. They don’t have as many expenses like health insurence, car insurense, food etc. if their parents can’t affort to pay car insurence for their 16/17 year old they should wait untill their 18 to get their lisence.

April 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(283) gods girl says:


April 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm
(284) Wayne Moore says:

I am amazed at the US rate minimum rate being $7.25 an hour, in New Zealand it is $11.16 (NZ$13.25), and Australia is $17.85 (Au$17.10). Australia’s economy is growing the argument higher wages hurt the economy just do not stack before tax, In New Zealand they get taxed and they get free hospital treatment, subsidized health care (doctors and prescriptions), education is free except annual school costs for specific items. Australia pays generous out of work rates as benefits (social security) plus has an affordable Medicare system. An retired people get a pension paid out of it. While Americans have low minimum wage, pay similar taxes, and for there own health care. Bit unfair while the top brass is creaming it.

April 5, 2013 at 10:29 am
(285) Anonymous says:

I don’t think there should be a “minimum” wage. That is to say that the market should set the wage. You take a job for the amount of money for which you are willing to work. If it pays too little, move on to something else.

April 5, 2013 at 11:12 am
(286) marsha reed says:

II do not agree with raising minimum wage it will only cause the cost of living to go up. That means anyone making minimum wage will not be any better off then they were because owners will have to raise their prices for products to cover the increase cost of minimum wage.So you, making minimum wage, make more but you will pay more. It hurts the ones that have worked hard to get a raise, yes you have to earn it. So I work my butt off to make more money, then the minimum wage goes up, say 75 cents, well I don’t automatically get a 75 cent raise too, so I am now making 75 cents less because everything else will cost more. Minimum wage is ussually a base starting pay, you have to prove yourself and show you are worth more. But again most people act like everyone owes them, you have to earn it!

April 5, 2013 at 11:31 am
(287) marsha reed says:

I don’t agree to raise minimum wage. It is suppose to be a base starting pay, if you think you are worth more go someplace else and apply. If you are good at your job and on time everyday, you will earn a raise and what you are worth. You aren’t suppose to make a living on minimum wage, it is a starting pay. Even with experience, sometimes you have to start at minimum wage and work your way up by showing up on time everyday and actually working proving you are worth more, and that you know what you are doing. But I get sick of hearing about how people think they are entitled to make more money when they haven’t earned it. It won’t help anyone by raising minimum wage because it will only drive up the cost of living again, the only way to get ahead is work hard and earn a raise so you aren’t only making minimum wage.

April 6, 2013 at 7:16 am
(288) rebecca79 says:

Re: LaTonya. If employers were not obligated to pay the mininum wage they would pay less. Example: mcdonalds, any gas station, store employees?? All these ppl would be working for a quite a bit LESS THAN MININUM WAGE??? That is why the put the mininum wage in place to prevent such problems. And for the record there are still plenty off ppl that work for less. Example: babysitters, waitresses, and bar tenders!! If you were a waitress and mininum wage went up you are required to claim more tips and get more taxes taken!! NO RAISE FOR THOSE PPL!!!! Who in this state of Michigan only make a tiny $2.65/hr plus tips and that includes hours of down time!!! So to leave it to the employer to set the mininum pay is ridiculous!!!!

April 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(289) Katiie Daudy says:

I Am currently residing in Indiana and a decent one beroom is roughly about 500$ a month to rent to rent a home or a house you have to make 3x that amount! 7.25 is barely doing anything for me and my children I have a high school diploma and I can barely get a job i make 160$ a week because the new law changed that min. wage can not work more then 30 hours a week and after taxes. My car insurance to get to work is 100$ a month and I spend 30$ aweek in gas. So yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they def need to change min wage at least a couple dollars because Im tired of relying on the foodstamp system! they will have less people living off the government if they do.

April 7, 2013 at 1:25 am
(290) Daniella says:

I disagree with the raise in minimum wage. I understand why people would think this is something beneficial, but it really is not. For example, say a small business can afford one-thousand dollars in wages for the week. At seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour said business can afford one-hundred and thirty-seven hours of work, disregarding the taxes incurred. If minimum wage was raised to nine dollars an hour the amount of hours able to be given out drops to one-hundred and eleven hours. That is more than twenty-five hours of work lost. Essentially, a part-time employee loses his/her job.
The business suffers by having less hands doing more work. Most importantly, the person who is laid off suffers the most. Small businesses will not increase the amount of money they put into labor. They will just decrease the amount of labor.
If people are still willing to work for minimum wage, why change that? It is not like businesses are having a hard time filling low paying positions. Minimum wage should increase based upon demand. If the demand for employees is higher than the amount of people willing to work for a certain wage, then the employers will eventually increase the pay in order to meet their potential employees standards. You cannot mess with the flow of supply and demand.

April 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(291) peachychic9713 says:

First of all, and I know many will disagree with me, I DO NOT think minimum wage should be increased. Everytime minimum wage is increased I do not get a raise. I’ve worked my butt off through college to get a degree and presently have a pretty good job, earning $21.00 an hour with full benefits. I went to school for this. The gap between those who do not strive to achieve higher education or training (for the adults making minimum) or the kids making minimum (who are still young and probably living at home anyway) keeps getting closer to what I am making and its not fair. I worked many hours at minimum wage when I was young- we all go thru it- $4.25 an hour is what it was when I started working! And someone also mentioned waitresses needing an increase in their hourly wage- that’s bull too- I actually waitress 1 day a week and bring home $100.00 in 5 hours- it’s just a small greasy spoon diner- if you waitress and aren’t making any tips- maybe you should stay off your cell phone, pay attention to the customers and smile once in awhile- your tips are your income- bend over backwards for the customers. If you’re not making ends meet by working 1 job- suck it up and get a second one- that’s life. I do it.

April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am
(292) mywolf2can says:

to those who don’t believe frank.when i worked for my parents,and they finally decided to pay me. i worked 98 hrs a week for 50.00.then in my 20″s it wasn’t a problem to have 3 jobs and work 110 hrs a week.HERE is reality for you all!25 years ago i knew based on labor dept stats.that the middle class would be strapped.and they also posted the top needed and wages forecasted 20 years out .SO if you didn’t plan .not my fault it is yours!!!!.I have started businesses before on with $34.00 in business cards and NO CAR.so stop bitching and just do for yourself.p.s. have been out of work 10 mos and still have paid my own way.WHEN you stock a years worth of food. and 2.97 a gallon gas.life is a whole lot easier.

April 8, 2013 at 11:56 am
(293) Mike says:

@DeeDee (#5)

For you to be calling Frank bigoted, racists and unwarranted is beyond me. After reading your post, that’s all I thought of you, not him. It seemed like a pretty hypocritical thing for you to say, especially with how unprofessional you acted. You own a small business? And yet you act this way and call others out like that? Granted, it does seem quite unrealistic as others have pointed out for Frank to be working 120 hours a week, especially over the duration of 4 years, but he brought up several valid points and his post was at least properly formatted with decent grammar and better educated than your’s. Don’t mean to be rude, just blunt.

As for raising the minimum wage, I’d hate to stand on the fence, but I could go either way. I’d like to see it raised, and I’d be incredibly grateful, but having it raised to $10.10 by 2015 seems a little ridiculous. I’m only paid $7.50 at my job, I work at small, privately owned coffee cafe and know that if the minimum wage was to be raised, we couldn’t afford it. Hell, I’d even tell my boss to keep me at $7.50. Raising it that high will hurt small business, not increase consumer spending. It will also further the inflation of the economy at a quicker rate than it already is now.

I think raising it to $8.50 or $9 and keeping it there for awhile would be better. And I do agree with what Frank said, most are rich because they worked hard to get to where they’re at. Granted this is not always the case, but it’s generally quite true.

April 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm
(294) Sky says:

I think minimum wage should be increased, but I know with increasing that, inflation will only continue to increase. The real issue is inflation of our food and our living. Something bigger needs to take place in order to help us all live better lives. In the long run, they are not solving anything just continuing to go in circles with the same problems.

April 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm
(295) priscilla says:

i work for restaraunt making 7.25 an hour . store makes over a million a year. i think they could afford to pay me more. if someone makes them . thats the only way it will happen

April 9, 2013 at 7:04 am
(296) steve says:

I live in australia ,i knew wages were bad in usa but not that bad,i am
very shocked at the hourly rate.I work in a big factory in aust.i have no
trade at all and i get $28 an hour,i work in a laundry.

April 9, 2013 at 7:07 am
(297) Thomas Purcell says:

If you raise the minimum wage to 9.00 all you do is raise the effective price of hamburgers to 11.00. You are hurting the very people you are trying to help.

April 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(298) Nicholas says:

I have work in fast food, Steak n shake, working 40 plus a week, working 10 hours a day, sometimes less, other times more.. getting a break maybe twice a week. i made 8.25 there never getting a raise even though its policy to get a raise after 6 months. i was there for a year.

finally on my fourth job of my short life 19, i make $11 an hour. doing marketing and information research..

I read just about 100 comments until I had to say something, Everyone here is ridiculous. You are all yelling about the same thing over and over again, but i have not seen anyone talking about corporate regulations, that will regulate how companys increase their products. If we can stop them from raising their products prices then an increase in wage would work. Sure it may hurt those big companys for a few years, but after people start saving money, and began to live more comfortable. They will start to buy unnessary things.

Small businesses should also get a break from taxes, and the government should be making new laws incouraging people to open up shop, helping them in anyway possible.

all we do is complain, bitch and moan.

April 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(299) Nicholas says:

Lets stop these mcdonalds from having 30 part time jobs, and make them have 30 full time jobs. why not? they can afford it. go look up how much they made in profits last year.. let me tell you its billions of dallors.

or these car companies that we had to bail out.. so they can make 6 new models every year. is that really needed? who out there buys a car every two years? i bet the average person waits atleast 6 or 7 years to get a new car. Why don’t we stop wasting supplies and money and start slowing down production of products that just ends up in the dumps anyway?

RANT rant rant rant rant. thats all we do now is rant rant rant.


April 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(300) Natalie says:

I am surprised that the minimum wage in the great US of A is so low! I watched a documentary here in Australia just this week stating Mr Ford of the Ford Motor Company was paying his workers $5 per hour. He was paying the highest wage in the whole of America at the time and that was at least 100 years ago. Australia’s is currently $15.96 (AUD) per hour.

April 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm
(301) Stay out of it says:

Everybody is mad at Frank because Frank didn’t mind his damn business. Don’t vote for the bill when ir comes, and we’ll see how wrong or right you are. One thing for sure, you business owners already have, those that don’t are waiting for minimum wages to increase. Personally, I’m making 14 an hour. I don’t know what I’d do if i got less. But, I certainly wouldn’t call someone else lazy just because they didn’t have what i had. Frank was wrong fire that.

April 10, 2013 at 10:24 am
(302) Nikki says:

I think that minimum waige should only go up by a quarter or two. I live in Alabama and minimum waige is 7.25. If minimum waige goes up so does the cost of everything else. But if you only raise it a little it shouldn’t be too bad. Every year cost of living has raised and minimum waige haven’t which minimum waige should atleast be enough to live off on. Now under the Obama plan minimum waige can’t work no more than 30 hours a week but minimum waige stays the same is insane. If you gonna cut hours atleast raise minimum waige a tad not 9 dollars an hour but a tad. Having a degree is great but at the same time it is harder to find a job in your field. Small business owners who may be suffering now might need to find a solution and quick to increase sales so when minimum waige does go up they won’t suffer really. Honestly my opipion ( i really spelled that wrong) Don’t wait for the government to raise minimum waige do something about your own economy. You do have complete control over how much you can make and etc. No matter your race or background. Take control of financial future not the government.

April 10, 2013 at 11:27 am
(303) John R says:

Honestly, do any of you people understand the concept of inflation?

April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am
(304) jared kleeves says:

i think they should increase the minimum wage for the states that need it all other states haves wages of 9.00 or 8.95 we at Michigan need the money for our family’s and we can only afford so much that we are having trouble to stay on top of bills and payments for cars and other bills.

April 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(305) Josue Rodriguez says:

You people are stupid if you think this is a good idea. Get this if you make 13 dollars an hour you won’t get a raise. so you’ll be 3 dollars ahead of it. That is nothing you’ll be broke like everyone else. I work for 8.25 an hour here in Florida. If it gets raised again i’ll get a raise of course but everything will be even more expensive. Don’t be foolish. As long as minimum wage increases so will everything else! You idiots just wait until your children won’t be able to find jobs after high school and even after college. And you just sit back and wonder why.

April 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm
(306) KENISHA SNIPES says:


April 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(307) Christan says:

I don’t think the problem with our economy is the minimum wage laws. I think it’s the selfish greedy people in our country. People complain about minimum wage because they want to buy more “things”. When our minimum wage goes up, so will everything else. It’s not going to help us at all, its just going to cost small businesses to go bankrupt and more people will lose their jobs. My husband and I both work full time jobs and are raising a two year old. We work alternating shifts because we can not afford daycare. Yes we survive on food stamps otherwise we would not eat because after rent and utilities we have no money left for food. We borrow a car from a friend because we have no money to buy our own. We don’t eat out, I dont get my nails or hair done, I dont tan or wear makeup or perfume, and we cant always afford to have a phone or cable. In the last three months our electricity has been turned off twice and our rent was late. We will never be able to afford our own house, but we are grateful for what we have. We try to live a positive life and try to teach our child the same. She doesn’t have as much as other kids but she is a happy child and gets lots of attention. We both went to college and neither of us could get a job in our field. We work very hard and try our best to succeed in a world where success is measured by possessions. Maybe instead of raising minimum wage, they should lower the prices of utilities. We wouldn’t have any more money but everyone would certainly notice a little extra pocket change. It may even increase some small businesses and help create more jobs. There are many other solutions to improve our economy if we just take the time and be creative.

April 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm
(308) cb says:

the way i feel about it is people who own their own businesses should pay there workers 7.25 8.50 whatever they can afford and businesses like walmart mcdonalds dollar general and abercrombie and all theses rich money making businesses should pay $12 an hour and they cant say that it will hurt their businesses because they are making millions and billions a year and they can afford to pay more who cares if tax payers gotta pay it we all have to pay taxes anyway and its not being selfish its the truth people work one hour to buy a gallon of milk and a bread stuff they need i know people who make 15 to 30 an hour sitting on their ass people are stupid paying 1500 for a purse when some people cant even pay there bills this world is stupid all they think about is money all im saying is most jobs pay minimum wage and the way everything is so expensive today minimum wage should be more.

April 12, 2013 at 7:33 am
(309) James says:

What I want to know is what percentage of workers earn only minimum wage.

April 12, 2013 at 9:15 am
(310) Vern says:

too all the rich bussiness owners what good is all that money when your ,dead or your underpaid overworked employee comes and burns down your company ? you all want to bogart the millions of dollars for what? to watch it set in the bank your not using it its always going to be there if you have 100 employees working 8 hour shifts 40 hours a week angive thema .50 raise thats only 2000 a week for all of them together if they are helping you make 100 thousand a month then i think its worth it so what if your giant building has high water and power bills get solar panels and dim the lights a bit we dont wanna be blinded anyways there is plenty of other ways to keep your cost down without raising costs of products . selfishness is ignorance your employees are your main priority they got you where you are and they can take it away just as fast. ..not hsrd for them to quit and sell drugs and make quadthe amount you pay them and guess who buying it~? your own kids deny it all you want but its the painful truth

April 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(311) Saffrone says:

I seriously can’t believe that there is any kind of debate over raising minimum wage. The cost of just existing has become intolerable. I live in Detroit, Michigan and I have been an eye witness to how Big Business controls ALL of our lives. Watch out America… because Detroit is just a symptom of a far greater disease called GREED. Look at what the banks and insurance companies are stealing from underpaid, desperate people who are just trying to keep their heads above water. Why are we tolerating this? Kudos to Obama for at least challenging their ethics! Minimum wages are deplorable, period. If Big Business just voluntarily paid their employees a living wage, there would be no debate. The truth is that they can’t. The only way they got to be “Big” in the first place is by stealing a living from their workers…

April 13, 2013 at 2:11 am
(312) Kassa says:

After reading this I now know why Australian conservatives say it is getting “too expensive to do business here”. Meaning Australia of course. I do not know what the minimum age is here now, as I retired over 16 years ago but it must be around $20 per hour. Perhaps less for a junior sales assistant. If you are entitled to the full aged – over 65 – pension, no other income, you get about $1200 every two weeks for a man and wife/partner which worked out over 80 hours per fortnight comes to $7.50 per hour for each. That’s to live on and pay bills so it is important that you are a home owner. We bought a house nearly 50 years ago and it was a bit tough then but it is almost impossible now for people in their say, mid twenties.

If the Conservative Liberal Party regain power in September, and I fear this will happen, they will want to have wages and pensions pegged and bigger tax breaks for the wealthy. (Same as your GOP people.) I can forecast some big changes to social welfare as well as that is in the conservatives’ DNA.

April 13, 2013 at 10:52 am
(313) gigi says:

What bothers me is that those of us who work making $3 of $4 above the current mw, because we chose to stay with one job and through longevity, are rewarded with raises, will soon be making mw. Sucks doesn’t it.

Where I work I see a whole lot of unfair uses of government services. Yesterday, a young man, with no job, getting medicaid, and other services, showed me his new phone.

It only cost $500.00. WOW! My phone is 5 years old and a hand me down.

I must be doing something really wrong, because I sure as hell can not afford my little $45.00 a month service plan. It is one of the first things to go when I have other bills to pay. It is not a necessity.

People need to learn the difference between what is necessary and what is a privilege. Cell phones and $150.00 shoes, $300.00 purses are not as important as raising your children, instilling in them that they are responsible for their own ACTIONS and CHOICES.

April 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm
(314) Collette says:

If minimum wage gets increased that much, I will absolutely quit my job. I only get 2.00 more than what mw would be increased too, and mw jobs compared to my job are a walk in the park. I’ve done retail, fast food, ran a ride at a park… and I can honestly say I would much rather be doing that for 10 bucks an hour than bitch work for 12.00. So all you mw workers had better watch your asses, cause heaven forbid they do actually raise it; I’ll come take your job in a heartbeat!

April 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm
(315) Saffrone says:

Shout Out to Rebecca (269)
I completely identify with your pain and frustration. I can’t even pretend to have any kind of life living on minimum wages. These people ACTING like life is so great to them for only a few dollars more per hour, completely proves the point. Most people on minimum wage don’t even get 40 hours a week. How about everyone from the South that don’t even have a monthly astronomical heating bill? Every working human being deserves a chance in America, but nothing could be farther than the TRUTH. NO ONE on minimum wages can get anywhere. We can’t even go to a doctor if something goes wrong, because they want money that we don’t have. The government will put “holds” on your bank account and paychecks, then they will try to steal anything you own…even if it’s nothing.

April 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(316) John P. Adams says:

It’s pointless to raise the minimum wage if you don’t FIRST fix the economy! Raising the minimum wage just depreciates the US dollar on a global scale! Small businesses will fold and the stronger one’s will just raise their prices to cover their losses, which will ultimately fall back on the worker. A gallon of gas will go up just as fast as the wage does. FIX THE ECONOMY, FIRST!!!

April 15, 2013 at 4:00 am
(317) Smitty says:

Truth is raising the min wage wont do anything. Sorry to all of the fools that believe it will. The companies will just raise prices on everything to offset this added expense. This is just putting a band aid on a cut. If any thing is going to pull us out of this slump the economy is in. It has to be big corporations making billions have to lower the prices of consumer goods to a morr affordable level. They still can profit and make their wallets fatter while still making it easier on the working person. Our government knows that this is the only way but they do nothing because most of them are getting money from these companies in one form or another. We as a working class just line up like cattle for the slaughter and starve slowly. Ive worked everyday for 20 years and this is the worst its been. Crimes up.. people dont care.. and the goverment walks around blind to it when they can just force the companies to stop bleeding the working class dry.

April 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(318) averageJoe says:

I’ve never owned a business, but have always managed to get in tight with the management and/or owners of those I’ve worked for (now in a steady career). They’ve all shared some of the same things with me. They value reliable, hard-working employees. Most of them have shown that to me through pay increases and/or position advancement (assistant manager, lead waiter, etc.). Most [not all] people still getting paid minimum wage aren’t willing to do what it takes to advance.
I’ve watched my coworkers lollygag on their cell phones on the job, perform half-a**, show up late (or not at all) and hamstring the rest of us, then expect all the benefits our employer has to offer. Raising minimum wage isn’t going to help these people. They are still going to bust out their $300 smartphones while on the clock at [name that business], complaining to their friends about how they can’t afford anything at only $10–after their weekly beer purchases.
A minimum wage hike of $2.75 means they’ll get paid more for the piddly work they do, and the rest of us will have to buck up when our grocery bill goes up another $50 the following month (no beer).

April 16, 2013 at 9:56 am
(319) Ryan says:

I think minimum should be increased because gas just seems to be raising and never dropping back down, and the cost of food has gone up so much, there are even places stating due to cost going up on certain items we have had to raise our prices.. but to be fair I would think it’s only right for everyone to get a raise..if you are currently making 10 $ hr its because you choose to work at a higher paying job.how would it make it different if min wage was 9.25 $ or 10 $.. its only fair all employers should raise the wages for all employees because I’m sure it would really help them out with the cost of gas mortgage food. . Also if one Is paying tuition

April 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(320) Marcus says:

I can honestly say I work really hard everyday I currently make 8 an hour I don’t do any drugs hardly go out to eat don t drink my income is 640 every two weeks about 540 after taxes 88 a month for car insurance 50 dollars a month for college tuition 50 a month fora phone 30 a month for internet 500 amonth for rent 200 amonth for food 60 a month for student loans I can’t even. Afford to take Shirley on a decent date after it is all said and done. It’s just not fair to my generation everybody in the 60 70 and80 90s were paid fairly you greedy former generations jet remember that our generation will be The ones taking care of you one day. Oh. and if I could make 9.45 an hour in 2004 Then how come in 2013 it such a problem to paythe same or better?

April 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(321) Austin says:

If you increase the minimum wage, the price of goods go up. Frank is not a “bigot, racist, and an unwarranted redneck.” He has a point it causes inflation because the price of goods go up. I know it sounds good, “Oh cool three more dollars per hour!” I work for minimum wage, but I understand that if the minimum wage goes up the prices of goods go up.

April 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm
(322) Tom says:

Rather than raise the minimum wage, why doens’t this GREEDY GOVERNMENT LOWER OUR TAXES?????

April 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(323) Cynthia says:

I agree with Tom. They should lower the taxes. But it also wouldn’t hurt to get a little raise. I mean $9 an hour is fine by me. I wouldnt mind. That’s just my opinion.

April 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm
(324) Brian says:

Coming from a business owner, if minimum wage is raised prices will increase. Contrary to popular belief, many business owners aren’t filthy rich they as many might think. I gambled my life savings on my business knowing it might fail why shouldn’t I reap a few extra dollars??

April 17, 2013 at 8:32 am
(325) tony h says:

frank ur a putz!! most business owners HIRE people to bust their hump FOR the owner to become successful….u think just cuz a guy has an idea (and the money to act on it), that he IS working his butt off?? please!! its reedy, selfish, business owners like u, that put this country in the poor state its in!! u want to run a business?? then u need to take care of the people working for u (the real work behind the success). dont be fooled into believing u made that business run itself!! pfft….i hope u lose everything, u communist!!

April 17, 2013 at 8:43 am
(326) tony h says:

lets not forget that the ACTUAL cost of the goods we manufacture, distribute, and/or sell…..are extremely lower than what we spend. that being said…who is it that raises the cost on everything to make more money than what they shld?? the business owner….what cost 5.00 to make in the 70s still costs the same to make, but the business ordering and selling these items raise the cost per the cost of living at the present. this means…that greedy business owners are the ACTUAL problem with inflation….get a grip!! learn how life REALLY works before u start representing the business owner… he is ONLY out for himself..the cost of his goods vs. the actual cost of the product (wholesale) to him, is his profit…not yours! XD

April 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm
(327) Rik says:

Hey I have an idea……Let’s raise min wage to 10 dollars an hour, but have the government pay for it by……No more private plane all expense paid vactions. Give them a good salary ( that stops once out of office just like if i leave mine ) and stop the OUTRAGES extras that they are allowed to have and spend…Just a thought……HMMMMMMM

April 18, 2013 at 9:32 am
(328) Emily says:

People keep responding that they shouldn’t raise the minimum wage because the workers should go back to school and get a better job.
1) How can they afford to go back to school only making minimum wage. How can any student afford to go to school if there parents can not pay and they only make minimum wage.
2) Who is going to work at the fast food jobs and Walmart jobs. These are the biggest industries in the US, someone is going to have to work there.
Even if we were all educated with masters and doctorate degrees people would be working minimum wage jobs providing those lucky enough to have money with crap.
3) Some people are not smart enough to go to college. In America we expect everyone to rise to the same level as others. That isn’t possible.

Maybe minimum wage shouldn’t be raised or maybe it should. But let’s all admit no one wants to work their buts off for crap pay. Small business owners or college students or single mothers with even just one child that they cannot support on minimum wage.
The problem is that there is not enough to go around unless we made everyone equal.

April 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(329) Me says:

There is a significantly larger problem than the minimum wage being raised, I have seen a great deal of change, but I feel that the government has to step up and take responsibility for the mess it has created over the past few decades.
They need to focus on bringing jobs Home, back to the USA,
They need to be fiscally responsible, stop the devaluation of our currency, by mass printing it, (diluting it)
Stop the bailing out of other countries, They will survive their issues, Iceland did it along with a long list of others,
we need to hold our leaders accountable, for there spending, We the united States of America leader of the freed world is now the largest debter in the world. If you or I wrote checks to cover our debt and printed money up to cover the cost, you would be imprisioned and marked a criminal, but our leadership going back generations have done just that.. We need to hold politicians just as accountable as the everyday citizen, and more so… power corrupts, money corrupts… why is it presidents go into the white house as rich people and come out after four year extremely rich… I believe the minimum wage should be increased at the same rate of inflation, I also believe the gov, needs to make our country more conducive to business growth, lower the taxes, and make it easier to do business here, we sent everything to china, now look at them on the verge of taking our place as the world leader, there is a difference between our two nations…. If our leaders don’t get it together and soon, our dollar will lose its place as the world currency.
Should that happen, well lets just say there is a reason that gold and silver are going up.. we the American people will be holding the bag once again and those political bozo will have run of with the goods.. Once Again.. When are we going to see it for what it is…

April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm
(330) Tonya says:

Minimum wage does need to go up. People can barely make ends meet. They have to chose whether they will pay their rent or feed their family. The minimum wage should increase so people can live and not worry about where their next meal will come from.

April 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm
(331) Junior says:

How do the rich get rich? They pay low wages to their workers.don’t offer insurance or benefits. They don’t care about the workers health or their family. They target the minority and the uneducated.So when you working for a company that can sell. Two items and those. Items cost as much as you make that whole week how should you fell about that.We want piece of the pie to. Minimum wage should be 10 dollars a hour the low and middle class is the ones who keep this country going not the rich folks. If the low and middle class stop working I know those rich people or well to do people is not coming out their big fine homes and luxury office suites to work for 7.25 a hour. Real talk!

April 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(332) TIna says:

Every time the min goes up, I cut hours to off set it.

April 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(333) ayn rand says:

There is a lack of smart people and to many wasted minds.wanting. to get high read Atlas shrugged teach you’re. Kids better than you’ve been taught you know who you are. A job is a job change the government. Lifers that sit all day thinking how to take. Every thing you’ve sweated for rich or poor think learn expose the root causes wars outsoursed contracts made in china look around your house
Has changed much for centuries by the time you figure it out your dead and it starts all over again invest in your country and your vhildrens educations let them know how the cpuntry is ran so they can make gopd choices

April 21, 2013 at 1:14 am
(334) Guy says:

Frank, my dear friend, just wish to point this out, 7 and 14=126. u claim to work 120 hours a week for 4 years plus. so lets see, the average person sleeps 8 hours a night on top of your roughly 14 hour work shift. youd only have 2 hours a day to eat, bath, talk to love ones like your kids, wife, family, pay billa, get food, i honestly have to say you are a liar. sorry but either you have great work ethics with little or no social skills/life or you worked hard on a resonable amout of time to get where you are now. 120 hour work week dosnt make you look good, just makes you seem like all you care about is sonething that dosnt matter as much as loved ones or your own health for that matter of all types. the people who work for you actualy wish to spend time with their kids and do things fun and enjoyable in life and willing to work to do so. we are not greedy for asking for that. i may be only 15 but i know that in life theres alot more than just a job. i sincerly hope you didnt miss out on to much in life.

April 21, 2013 at 2:00 am
(335) Johnny says:

To the person who says the minimum wage should be lowered to 4.50 an hr. is crazy and insane. Try living on 4.50 an hr. U basically can’t. Johnny.

April 21, 2013 at 2:51 am
(336) justin says:

im not agreeing with frank but i work 120 hours every week and im still kicking im only 24 and im working towards something but it is possible to work that much and not die but on both sides if you get 100 customers a day and every on is making 7.25 and labor is at a 19 everyday awsome right then the increase happens the next day everyone says awesome im getting paid more now but your actually getting less because now you still only get those 100 customers now you dont have the overhead to cover paying the 20 emloyees you have 10 an hour plus pay for the product that the customers you have so there is no choice but to make a high increase to the consumed product now those 100 customers turn to 25 because you increased prices so much over a weeks time so you company could keep its head above water a small self owned one town business is a hell of alot different from big businesses you opened the business there because you lived there and now people want what you are selling big companies dont they build and pray it strives which is there fault but at the same time thats why they are nation wide and small businesses are at most 5 towns now say you did have the big business and you are opening a new store when you had it planned min was 7.25 you open and it jumps straight to 10 how are you going to pay your over head but i have had it happen to me and seen it happen now no matter what for any company there are only 2 key building blocks 1 trust someone trusted the idea to put money to get it started then you have to trust that the people you hire are going to do the job and they have to trust that you will recognize the work and pay them 2 good employees your employees are in the end what determines a good business if your employees dont care

April 21, 2013 at 7:46 am
(337) Beth says:

How do you just “learn new skills” as has been stated multiple times in this thread? Do you go to college and learn them? Oh wait, you can’t afford that because you’re working a job that barely clears $1,100 a month. Maybe just ask mom and dad for money and they’ll put you through. Sorry – you weren’t born to a pair of parents who have a disposable income and who’ve been saving a quarter a day since you were born (and that’s your own fault, better luck next time). Okay, then you can take out loans and work your way through college and pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get ‘er done! Well, that’s what I did. I took out incredible amounts of loans to pay for my college education (on top of academic scholarships – I’m not an illiterate fool so many of you like to make the poster child for minimum wage employees) and was supposed to have a job waiting for me when I walked out the door – “Get a degree! Go to college, it’s the only way you’ll make it in this world!” Didn’t happen, so now I have an insane amount of student loan debt and no full-time job to pay it off.

I don’t say any of that to go all “woe is me” – I’ll figure something out, I know I will. I don’t want a hand out from the state and I don’t want anyone to make my way for me. But I’m one of the lucky ones in this situation. There are a lot of hard-working people stuck in minimum wage jobs because living on poverty wages keeps you trapped there. You make just enough money to scrape by, but never enough to actually put yourself in a better position.

April 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(338) LM says:

How can anyone think that any human being who puts in an honest day’s labor should not earn enough money to pay his/her bills including food and shelter and take care of a beautiful family? If this is the way that you think, may your employees be thieves and dishonest and cause your business profits to plummet.
No one in this country can make it without needing someone else, including you. Businesses need good people to work for them and retention of these good folk should be a priority on their agenda. This is how you maintain and increase your success. You do this by being at least decent and honest with your employees and giving them a LIVING wage. If all of the education that you received did not teach you the basics of treating others as you would want to be treated, then you need to either a.) Go back to school or b.) Use your money to pay someone who can take you to school.
I had a bachelor’s degree and never made over $11 an hour. So I busted my butt for a Master’s degree. Then my employer insultingly said to me “Now that you have your Master’s, I will give you a .50 raise. Needless to say, I left. Not because she never finally offered me a better wage, but because after seeing her dishonest character, I wondered in what other ways might she try and swindle me and try to rob me of my dignity. Why is it all about money to some people and not about worth? It is about the worth of good people who allow you to more than put food on your own table but to enjoy the luxuries of life and sleep at night knowing your business is in good hands.
This country is going to Hell for people like you who think that you are decent but are like devils who prostitute angels for a buck. May God deliver us from people like you and may our country live on with Truth on the Atlantic Ocean and Mercy on the Pacific. And may people who love God and have compassion in their hearts for other human beings, Christian or not, make this land rejoice that we are here.

April 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm
(339) Laurel says:

How can anyone think that any human being who puts in an honest day’s labor should not earn enough money to pay his/her bills including food and shelter and take care of a beautiful family? If this is the way that you think, may your employees be thieves and dishonest and cause your business profits to plummet.

No one in this country can make it without needing someone else, including you. Businesses need good people to work for them and retention of these good folk should be a priority on their agenda. This is how you maintain and increase your success. You do this by being at least decent and honest with your employees and giving them a LIVING wage. If all of the education that you received did not teach you the basics of treating others as you would want to be treated, then you need to either a.) Go back to school or b.) Use your money to pay someone who can take you to school.

I had a bachelor’s degree and never made over $11 an hour. So I busted my butt for a Master’s degree. Then my employer insultingly said to me “Now that you have your Master’s, I will give you a .50 raise. Needless to say, I left. Not because she never finally offered me a better wage, but because after seeing her dishonest character, I wondered in what other ways might she try and swindle me and try to rob me of my dignity. Why is it all about money to some people and not about worth? It is about the worth of good people who allow you to more than put food on your own table but to enjoy the luxuries of life and sleep at night knowing your business is in good hands.

This country is going to Hell for people like you who think that you are decent but are like devils who prostitute angels for a buck. May God deliver us from people like you and may our country live on with Truth on the Atlantic Ocean and Mercy on the Pacific. And may people who love God and have compassion in their hearts for other human beings, Christian or not, make this land rejoice that we are here.

April 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(340) Kate says:

No they should leave the wage soon milk and gas will be 10$ a gal and pulling 80 hours don’t like seeing more than enough of my money going to funds that I don’t even use. I see people all day long where I work using government insurance driving Cadillacs Bc they don’t want to work . I don’t mind helping people that need it but more than half abuse it

April 22, 2013 at 10:29 am
(341) tyler says:

wow this is crazy

April 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(342) Suzanna Lytle says:

I am seeing alot of repeat ignorant phrases here and would like to set them straight. Minimum wage is sopposed to cover the Minimum housing food clothes utilites it doesnt thats the main problem. two minimum wage is not just for jobs with unskilled uneducated workers their are many college graduates who work fast food because thats all thats available. you take the jobs that is their . and you have even more highschool graduates who for one reason or another have ended up in these jobs their not uneducated. so your telling me these poeple dont deserve to have a roof over their head food on their table clothes on their backs. I support having a raise in minimum wage but at the same time their should be a cap on what CEO’s make as well to help stop the raise in prices. and no I am not saying raise it to 50 or a hundred a hour it amazes me how often when people comment on this topic want to throw in well lets raise it to 100 a hour the american worker is only asking for enough to survive and boost the economy . more disposible income is the only way for this economy to recover until then it will simple sit in the same place or continue to backslide.

April 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm
(343) Kelci says:

Sure, why not!? That must be the solution right? Just raise minimum wage, just give them more money! Cause it’s totally that simple! Not! I mean, it’s called minimum wage for a reason! It’s the LOWEST amount you can make. A job that you are making minimum wage in obviously wasn’t made for full time employees. It’s for teenagers getting through school. Yes the cost of living seems so high because those jobs are not made to live off of. And raising minimum wage is not going to help, it’s just going to make us inflate more and more until our money is worthless. I mean come on, me and my boyfriend are 20 and are buying our house with all our bills, our cars and we are making ends meet just fine.

April 26, 2013 at 12:21 am
(344) marshall says:

a lot of back and forth tug of war with pay. the reality is money is power. the mega-corporations have created a vacuum of wealth leaking out to the lower wage earning countries so most capitalistic countries will be earning the same wage according to their position so it will be enough to eat and not to live the way you work hard towards. socialism has invaded our capitalistic system. the ideal a capitalistic system should be the low wage earning people should have a standard of living that is not poverty. and the rich should live as the
rich for the rewards that they have work towards. this monarchy of socialism has to end there should not be such kings of wealth which dictates what a democracy is. we the people by the people for the people

April 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(345) Chris says:

Let the market dictate the wage not government who knows zero about my company or the economy. People are different and have different skill sets and determination. Why would you give everyone the same wage? That’s not fair at all.

April 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm
(346) Fed81 says:

Absolutely NOT!

Why should there be cost of living increases for minimum wage when the cost of living increases for Federal workers has been frozen for 3 years now????

May 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm
(347) dorothy williams says:

It really sicken me that the state of Mississippi is always trying to hold people back. first and foremost it is the worst republican state that don’t give a dam about noone but theirselves. it is a shame that we are just dam right egotistic. we are a country that has been used for so long and it is time that we stand up a demand better. until Mississippi get away from the bigoted it will only get worse.Yes we need to be a state of $9.00hr and i pray that President Obama get it done because Mississippi is a hold back state.

May 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm
(348) Nikki says:

Just how the eff am I supposed to go back to school making minimum wage?? Take out loans that will take me a decade or more to pay back? Or should I get grants from the government? But the people who say they don’t want an increase in minimum wage are the same people that don’t want us taking help from the government. Sounds like a rock and a hard place…I’m a waitress btw. Making $2.13 an hour. I graduated from college with an AA but it’s useless these days!

May 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm
(349) Gregory Reagan says:

Well I believe that 7.25 is good leave it, cause we don’t need everything else shot rocketing in this world if u rise one then ten other thing rise . Come on people just be happy with what u have gee well im a full time student and have a full time job till I finish my 4 year degree in accounting and business management. So I believe you should go back to school and get a degree or stop bitching gee and one more thing their are jobs out their I always have a job and I always get paid from 9$-15$ a hour

May 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(350) Dave says:

Most of you are ignorant to these things as you are outside the glass looking in. The business owners making 6 figures and even those who are not do not have a “40 hour week” Their weeks are 70-90 hours at least 6 days and most are 7 days. All of you liberals who want the “rich” to pay for the poor don’t understand that the “rich” worked their A’s off to get to where they are at. They didn’t work 20 hour weeks or go on welfare and live there. They got educations or learned trade skills and went to work. Minimum wage is all relative anyway because the businesses that incur higher wage costs will need to increase their revenue to pay for the added costs, thus higher prices in the stores, etc., thus we are here again at the same place, crying about the little guy. Quit whining and get out of your chairs and go work!

May 6, 2013 at 12:38 am
(351) amazed says:

wow reading all your comments is so disheartening, in ontario our minimum wage is over ten dollars, like 10.10, mustve been 9 something 2007, what era do you all live in? people actually sit there and argue against it, i couldnt imagine making less than minimum wage and getting by nevermind u guys pay for your health care costs as well. your country is like a third world country hiding behind the likes of mtv lol

May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(352) oh boy says:

Amazed, sadly I have to agree with you, so many people against helping the country become better. Why it is that poor is synonymous with “lazy” “children you can’t afford” “uneducated” (remember the recession). There are many educated people in underpaying jobs. All of the “business folk” that claim they would have to close their doors if minimum wage increased. Tell me, how much do you make a year? And to the “educated” upper/middle class I’m hearing much about what you have, while demeaning the poor, but most of you didn’t do it alone. If your education is as useful as you say, then I am confident IF cost of living goes up you can use your education to budget accordingly. Stop living your life off the backs of the poor! If you want government out of your business, then have the integrity to make business fair! Oh and “Lazy” workers can get fired. G’ day.

May 7, 2013 at 2:06 am
(353) Mother L says:

NO! Please Understand. If Minimum wage is Raised (AGAIN) the Cost of Living will go UP (AGAIN) & American Money will Lose its Worth.!!
In 2009 Minimum wage went from $5 to $7.25 Right? & since then have you Noticed EVERYTHING ELSE has gone UP TOO!? Has America NOT learned from that mistake the First Time??

How about Trying something Different.? I have 2 Propositions

# 1. Companies should only be allowed to price a NEEDED product a certain percentage according to what it took to Procude that item. NOT suggesting for accesories (Electronics, Jewelery, etc ) Price them as they may. But Necessities….
Example. MILK . lets say a company spend 80 Cents to produce a gallon of MILK. That company CANNOT OVERPRICE A NECESSITY.
200% of 80 Cents is 160. So MILK = $1.60 NOT $5/Gallon which is 525% of 80 !!!!!
MAKES SENSE RIGHT? Affordable, a resonable price for the Cost of Living && The AMerican Dollar KEEPS Its Value!!!!!
#2. Minimum wage $8 MAX. & suggest The ppl of The United States LEARN TO BUDGET OR GET A FINANCIAL ADVISOR
If you have not realized our economy is basically in the hands of Major Companies that are Sucking the pennies out of the Average citizens. I Say SET LIMITATIONS ON HEIR GREED, NOT Tax the lower People!

May 7, 2013 at 9:58 am
(354) robbie99 says:

People who say inflation will skyrocket if min wage is increased are just scaremongering, inflation is driven by many things, wages are just a small part of it.

If min wage was increased by 10% a year inflation would only add about 5% so the low paid would be better off.

May 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(355) Kirsten says:

It’s called taking micro/macro ecconomics courses or looking it up online. Check into it and figure out the cause and effect relationships.

By the way, I have a 4 year accounting degree and know what raising the minimum wage will do to the ecconomy and I am always right.

You will see inflation like you never believed, less hiring/reduced hours, layoffs, and higher taxes to cover all of the future welfare people. Someday they will run out of other peoples’ money.
Do you agree with this phrase?
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need (or needs).
You shouldn’t, that is a quote from Karl Marx.
Karl Marx believed that capitalism would be replaced by socialism which in turn would bring upon communism. He was the author of “The Communist Manifesto” and was well known for being the father of communism.
You should be assumed if you believe this. It’s what past generations have fought against.

May 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(356) Un-B- Leavable says:

Kirsten, if you are always right then you should be in the White House and NOT on this blog. If you worked at your job X amount of years-never receiving a raise- how would you feel? Is it the poor’s responsibility to keep inflation at bay? Or do you not realize that your own pay raises causes inflation over time? If your boss offered you a- say $1.75 an hour- pay increase would you turn it down for the sake of the economy? Prices will rise with or without a mw pay hike and you know what? We all will have to adjust (gas prices?) Some of these postings remind me of a bully picking on the wimpy kid: can’t fight Greedy Big Business so pick on the poor.

May 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(357) robbie99 says:

kirsten is talking utter rubbish, she just wants the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

May 8, 2013 at 9:20 am
(358) Danyell Hollis says:

I think that the minimum wage should go up. Its alot of peoples struggling, by trying to make a living for themselves and their families. At some jobs, you don’t get alot of hours, and by the time you get your check and taxes and other things come out of your check, you barely have anything to work with,then on top of that you have to pay bills. Its hard out here to make a living, then on top of that, it is especially hard if you are a single parent with a family and there’s only one income coming in the house and you have all of these bills that have to be paid.

May 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(359) charvett says:

I am a citizen of Ga., I think minimum wage should go up to at least 9.00 a hour. I am a full time employee with the state, and I only make 8.40 a hour, by the time I pay for insurance and federal deductions l have nothing left, and yes I work among part time worker who are making minimum wage, its awful to know that you have to live paycheck to paycheck. This is not the American Dream!!!!! Heaven forbid if you should get sick and cannot afford to work, everything that you have worked hard for can easily be taken away. A cost of living raise should of went into effect years ago.


May 12, 2013 at 1:17 am
(360) robdoo46 says:

I work for a resteraunt making 7.75 an hr. I’ve been with this company for about ten years. They have went up on their prices two times withwithin the last year. They have remodeled almost all their stores,but haven’t tho

ught about given any raises. Now do you think given raiaes to a staff of 9 employees would hurt them? Really?

May 13, 2013 at 3:01 am
(361) Brian says:

Coming from a 41 yr old with an average income, that does not know a lot about anything, I do know that when I started washing dishes in 1986 for $3.35 an hour, and on a 8 hour shift, would give me around $24 after taxes, which, at the time, would allow me to buy a carton of brand name cigarettes, load my empty 12 gallon car tank, and have enough left over for a 12 pack of beer for the weekend. So, today, you can do the same thing, but you are going to have to work a 16 hour shift to do it. What’s up with that, and how do we do it? We just work more, and have less, and instead of our taxes coming back to us in the form of better schools, roads, and better public necessities that we have a right to, our taxes go to stupid tas loopholes and welfare. What is going to happen if the minimum wage is doubled like it should be? Less stupid tax loopholes, and less welfare, and more taxes paid to the government to go improve this country. What will be the impact? Studies show that things won’t double in price, they may go up a little, but not double. The rich may be somewhat less rich, and the poor will have considerably more (double in fact, if you are following this), and won’t have to rely so much on welfare and stupid tax loopholes, but will be spending more. Back to my main point. It takes you twice the time to make the money to buy the same stuff you bought back in 1986, when Reagan was president, and our deficit was in billions, not trillions. Can’t we learn from history? Should minimum wage be increased? Duh. It should be doubled. Doesn’t take an army of politicians, lawmakers, and business owners to figure this out. Just ask the people, we the people.

May 13, 2013 at 9:49 am
(362) psantoro says:

All right lets get this straight. You can raise the minimum wage without raising taxes. You can do this without passing it on to consumers or the little guy. We are not a broke country although you have been told so and yet there is a receding economy. When we address that issue then you will understand why we CAN afford to raise the minimum wage, cut down on the cost of living bring back jobs in the U.S. free healthcare and education without raising one penny. Can u guys figure out where all that money is? Don’t play yourselves don’t let ”it” play you. The money is there just not in your control. We got robbed and have been getting rob you just need to figure out by who, and it ain’t who you think.

May 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

i think the wages should have been went up cause the cost of living and time get hard on what the minmum wages is now so i think that a good thing

May 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(364) Joshua says:

Raising the minimum wage will only cause inflation. Small business owners are the backbone of the economy, yet they are the ones that are the most affected by changes in wage increase insurances etc, while the large corporations get tax breaks and special tax exemptions. The bottom line is that you get paid what you get paid if you want more money push for it and if you get denied then try to find gainful employment elsewhere. I’m not sure where things went wrong and people suddenly thought that everything should be given to them. These minimum wage jobs are minimum for a reason, a trained monkey could perform them. Why should an employer pay their staff more, if productivity and skill level do not increase why pay more money for employees just because of an amount of time that they have held their current job. Doesn’t make sense. Much like an employer having to pay for insurance for an employee.

May 14, 2013 at 12:30 am
(365) Stephen says:

As an Australian, I’m amazed at how low your minimum wage is. The minimum wage here is $A15.96 per hour, which is just over $US16 per hour. The argument that increasing minimum wages will lead to hyper-inflation is simply wrong. Leaving aside that increasing the minimum doesn’t automatically mean all wages increase, it’s simply not true that prices will rise commensurately. They won’t, because increasing the minimum wage increases the purchasing power of those on it, meaning businesses sell more. It also reduces reliance on social welfare, creating savings and reduces crime, which has a positive effect on insurance as well as the criminal justice system. Also, income disaparity has increased in the US, meaning that incomes of those well above the minimum, especially those at the higher end, have increased significantly compared to those on it, without causing hyper inflation. You need only compare the cost that would arise from increasing the minimum wage to the cost that has actually arisen from increases to the top 1%, to work out that mathematically, the hyper inflation argument doesn’t stack up.

May 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(366) Angie says:

Here is the thing minimum wage should be high enough that if you are a single person working 40 hours per week you no longer qualify for government benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. More people should support local small businesses so that they can afford to pay decent wages, and hire more staff. People should stop supporting big business by purchasing there products and working there crap jobs for little to no pay or benefits. Most conglomerate companies don’t know or care to know the employees or even what there employees do for them. They say that they work harder then we do but if they were to spend a week in the shoes of one of there minimum wage employes they would appreciate, pay and treat them better. Until the public refuses to bend over nothing will ever change regardless of what the minimum wage is.

May 16, 2013 at 11:11 am
(367) REBECCA says:

It is hard to believe that in such an educated nation there is such ignorance in the minimum wage understanding. First of all since everyone believes that being in business is so rewarding and we line our pockets without passing it on,
I say jump in! Put up your own money. Get a big fat high interest loan. Put a mortgage on your home. Cancel all your personal extra benefits like trash service, phone service, cable service and turn off your heat and A/C so that you can make the payroll this week!!! I don’t get a check but you sure did. And I struggle every day to keep you fed and your children in clothes. IT AIN’T EASY. If the wage goes up the product goes up and it snowballs across everything you buy and use. The only reason the US GOV wants it higher is to TAX you more. Think about it before you blast me. Who really benefits with higher wage taxes and higher sales taxes? Not me and absolutely not you. Higher minimum wage means less in your pocket! By the way I don’t have anyone on my payroll that makes minimum wage. I CHOOSE to pay them what they are worth and they work harder for me because they don’t want to lose such a good job and pay. Higher wages=higher cost of living=less small businesses to hire minimum wage workers. Let’s all get on welfare, why not?

May 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(368) Candy Bar says:

It is quit interesting reading the thoughts people have written about the minimum wage subject. Let me say this and be quick I am a graduate student and I landed a job by first interning for the company and when I was hired I made 8.00 an hour and two years later I still make 8.00 an hour. Why because the company I am with made financial decisions that hurt them(at least that is what I am told). Nevertheless I maintain by working another job. I am currently in pursuit of my Masters in Accountancy so I can land a better paying position. So not all people think that the minimum wage is a quick come up but well deserved. I didn’t get my degree to work minimum wage no matter what it is, but to be able to take care of my family without struggling. It is wise not to sum up everyone and put them into a box but understand each individual is different. I live in this world I didn’t make it. I am all for the increase in minimum wage because if one thing people don’t notice is the cost of living and the items we need and want have already went up so the increase will still only help some maintain. So don’t be so quick to pass judgement on those who are still on public assistance or under a certain age or even hard working and only make the bare minimum! And for those who blame the president for certain decisions understand that the house and the senate have a lot of say in how this country is run and what policies should go into affect, I support our president and he is making more moves then the one that put us in this hole in the first place (Bush)!

May 17, 2013 at 12:10 am
(369) James says:

Every time minimum wage is increased the cost of production goes up for other companies, therefore companies have to raise the prices of their goods. It doesn’t matter what minimum wage is. Every time its raised everything adjusts to it. 10 dollars an hour sounds awfully nice, but if everyone is getting that wage then were just back to ground zero. Its simple economics. What we really need is to increase the purchasing power of the dollar. Which can be done by not printing money we don’t have everyday, and build a self sufficient country “Drill here, Less imports”

May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm
(370) Red Blooded American says:

Communism is the ideal form of government. We would not have to worry about such things as minimum wage an separation of the classes. Everyone would be equal.

May 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm
(371) Chris Jones says:

I do security if you any thing about security jobs they are based off of contracts the low bid wins the bid where I work at was for 4.5 million for nine years and I get paid 7.85 an hour. This is from an small Business after everything is said and done if I can get 32 hours in two weeks I bring home 215 my rent goes up my light bill goes up my gas bill goes up my water bill goes up the price of food goes up the price of gas goes up but my pay why is that can some one tell me. From looking at some of these post some of you never had to make it on 7.85 an hour with all of the full time jobs being cut to just part time that means I have too work two jobs and yes I do work two jobs the other one is the same pay so to the people who say the Minimum wage is fine where it is lets trade pay for six months and lets see if you still sing that same song

May 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm
(372) MARCIA says:

the cost of living keeps going up and up without the minumum wage going up so the wwage should go up to meet that cost every 6 months they are raising the cost of something ,electricity , bread, milk just to name a few

May 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm
(373) hourly worker says:

Prices are going to go up – no matter what the minimum wage is. In retail the price of soda has gone up 16% in the last 7 months.
A Full time job is now only 30 hours.
A FULL TIME Employee:
30 hours x $7.25 x 52 weeks = $11, 310 per year
with minimum wage increase:
30 Hours @ $10.00 x 52 weeks = $15,600 per year
Let’s pay our senators only the minimum wage, and make them support their families with their other careers which they have gone to school to learn, or use the businesses that they have inherited or built to live off of. And, since they are part time they only get the part time hours of 24 hours per week to do their service for their country.

Part timers depend on extra hours to buy insurance and give their families a few nice things. We are becoming the home of the free and the brave. We have plenty of FREE time because of legislation, AND WE HAVE TO BE “BRAVE” TO TRY AND TAKE ON A HOME MORTGAGE OR A CAR LOAN.

“If elected I will work for minimum wage and do my duties in the 24 hours a week that are required”.
Lets see someone run on that platform. I am sick of these bureaucrats walking the hall of congress and spouting their oaths of allegiance for the people and by and for the people, They don’t care about us, and they never will.

Part Time MAX hours 24 per week:
24 hours x $7.25 x 52 weeks = $9,048 per year
With minimum wage increase:
24 hours x $10.00 x 52 weeks = $12,480 per year
An increase of $3,432
$3,432 / $9,048 = (ONLY) a .37% increase to be phased in over the next 3 years, By then the soda will have already had 5 more increases.
So even then the minimum wage will be lacking behind the increases in products and essential services that we need to survive.

May 20, 2013 at 12:59 am
(374) david says:

I think its a shame the way people think these days all they dont care about nothing or no one but themselves i have a construction company as well but i am delighted that minimum wage is going up to 9 a hr it should be a little more and as far as some people on here the reason people has to get help from the state is because minimum wage is so low and the cost of living is to high gas keeps going up so the average worker at 7,25 a hr is spending almost 200 dollars a month to get to work and nesides that americans send money to all these other countries so they should help out other americans so for all you that tries to downgrade the less fortunate i say the hell with you i think every one should be making at least 10 a hr so i will be glad when it does go up

May 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(375) Crossfire says:

I think that minimum wage should be non existant. Oh my gosh, how could anyone say that? This is how:

Company A Hires 5 employees at 10.00 per hour
Company B Hires 10 employees at 5.00 per hour.

Company A reduces their heterogeneity by giving their employees a decent pay. The employees never leave, and they dedicate years of service to the company. New employees, however, are extremely rare, therefore turned down often. The company chooses not to spend money they don’t need to.

Company B. However, decides to go a drastically different route, hiring 10 employees at 5.00. Who would even get a job like that?” The answer is in “10″. Both companies are paying the same amount @ payroll, but company B has double the employees. Employees take the job because they have no other choice; company A is always full. Company B, however, is open to many new employees, and often has job openings.

Company B can go in two directions: 1, the employees will have a high turnover rate (likely), and as a result the company must often hire new employees, and put them through the training process. They could be losing money and business in this endeavor, and therefore sink. Then, company A has a monopoly. OR, company B can continue hiring many employees at 5.00 per hour, because they will take it due to the lack of choice.

Why is company A good? Because they spend their money wisely, choosing to keep their good employees. Why is Company A bad? because they’ve kept the same 5 employees, and are not open to hiring new ones.

Why is company B bad? Because they aren’t offering their employees a decent pay. Why is company B good? because they are offering double the amount of jobs that A is.

In the end, what is better? a crappy job, with crappy pay, where you are guaranteed a spot? or a great job, with great pay which you will likely never get. Solve this paradox, and you will fix the minimum wage war.

May 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm
(376) Sherry says:

If minimum wage goes up everyone’s hourly rate should reflect that. Cost of living should include everyone. Why should I get the short end of the stick and lose a couple dollars an hour while the uneducated people get theirs increases. If there is a raise it should go across the board

May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(377) Admin DJ says:

Minimum wage was created as a basis for BEGINNING WORKERS. Such as teenagers starting first jobs in high school or adults just starting out in the part-time working world. It was NEVER designed to be the base for responsible self-sufficient adults to raise a family on! That’s not the purpose of minimum wage. Self-sufficient adults are supposed to develop and advance themselves into higher roles of responsibility and ability thus in turn achieving higher wage as a result of earning and deserving it. Earn your way Americans…it’s your own destiny!

May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am
(378) Ted says:

I think it’s funny that people believe increased wages will equate to automatic inflation. Prices will go up in the long run, but the price of goods are related to supply and demand as well as the will of the consumer to buy at that price. And competition keeps prices down. A fair minimum wage just means that employees will make a fair cut. Here are the facts: wages now equate to less than 40% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) when they used to be more than 50% about a decade ago. This generation is now paying 75% of their income on fixed expenses (food, housing, etc.) when the previous paid 50% just 20 years ago. The top 20% of the US have seen more than a 100% increase in their average earnings while everyone else has seen a decrease over the past 15+ years. What does this mean? The rich are just getting a bigger piece of the pie while the American worker is seeing less and less. The notion that there is not enough is an illusion the rich sell to the poor. I served my country and spent 10 years working full-time and attending school full-time to earn a master’s degree. I now earn $20/hr managing multi-million dollar healthcare projects for the state of PA. My father worked construction in the 80′s with no college education and earned the same wage. Compounding inflation since for the cost of living?! Where is the progress I worked so hard for?

May 23, 2013 at 8:43 am
(379) Ted says:

Luckily my Wife is a nurse, but she works nights, sleeps for several hours and wakes with our three children. This is so we can afford an “average” home and lifestyle. We shouldn’t have to continue working this hard to scrape by with average. The economic downturn is just a big excuse so the rich can maintain leverage and give the employees who make them rich a smaller cut. Deregulation and tax cuts to the wealthy have tipped the scales too far and we need government to step in and level the playing field once again. Otherwise, money will continue to pool at the top and our prosperity as the American backbone of wage earners will dwindle to nothing. You want a free market economy and small government? Check out India where there is almost no regulation. What percentage there holds the majority of wealth? Oh and BTW, Reagan was a crook (Iran Contra) and his trickle down feels like the rich are urinating down my back and telling me it’s raining!

May 23, 2013 at 9:54 am
(380) Marshall says:

If the people on the very top, the ones who make multiple millions each year, were to increase the wages of those on the very bottom and not raise prices of their products to make up for it we would see a difference. Small business owners who make less than 100k/year cannot do it, the people on top can, if you make 2mil a year why not take one million and put it toward payroll? How much do you need? One million dollars a year is a vast amount. I’m not talking about charity here, I’m talking about taking care of the people who make your money! If my employer were to ensure that I was not struggling to pay my power bill, that I was not struggling to put food on the table, I would never leave & would be highly motivated to perform outstanding work. But when the people who make millions a year only ask for more the rest of us ask ‘why?’, why should I work harder when I get no benefit? Why should I not steal, fake accidents, and pursue frivolous lawsuits when I know there is no hope of, not just getting ahead, but no hope of even making it? Don’t get me wrong, I love rich people, they are proof that I can, one day, not have the worry that I live with constantly. However our capitalist economy needs a heart, our rich need to take responsibility for their workers AND our workers need to get their balls off the shelf and deserve it! There is no way to legislate this, there is no law you can make to force employers to pay people a wage they can live on and not raise prices. It is a personal choice for them, the direct benefit is a work force that WANTS to work for you and LONG TERM profit and stability.

May 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm
(381) Great Googly Moogly says:

Increasing minimum wage simply increases the cost of everything. Making it impractical. The way to make more is do more, be worth the extra money and you will be paid accordingly.

Just because someone has money doesn’t make them greedy. I doubt they spend as much time thinking about their money as poor folks do. Obsessing on money is greed.

May 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm
(382) Amanda says:

If minimum wage continued to increase in value with inflation, we would be making $22/hr. And while we’re at it, we ought to adopt a public healthcare system and take the houses back from the banks to give them to the people, too.

May 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm
(383) bubbal007 says:

Wages have not gone up.We used to get Cost Of Living raises every year.! I went into the work force full time as a welder helper mat $6.95hr in 1976 right out of High School after working in a ship yard trying to learn how to weld.It took me 8 months to become a 1st class pipe welder and drawing $8.10.That was top money in a welding shop in that day.Three years I rigged out a welding truck and ht the pipelines at $30.00hr for me& my truck pay in split checks.It has taken almost $35 YEARS & a new boom in the pipelines&oil fields before there was an increase the money.As a matter of fact the wages dropped before they went up.
And the minimum wage employers at resteraunts,race tracks&farmers bitch about are usually hiring ILLEGAL aliens & Undocumented workers from MEXICO….Its all about money..ITS JUST GREED !!!

May 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm
(384) BLank says:

minimum wage should be at least $10.00 HR. first off any person who is a boss should know if employees are happy so are customers u can never force someone to be happy people just wanna be stable and just cause generations before us had to live hard should all generations imagine ur children or ur childrens children and if an employer does not wanna pay higher then he needs to re-evaluate his life if u struggled for urs should everyone what about people who cant what thats called is greed and selfishness if u have more than u need why be greedy remember its not going with you when u die what should be done is try to help as many people as u can at least u will be able to say u died happy and any man like that is richer than he knows because if u die everyone will say u were a great an honorable man infamous, and famous are two different things remember its up to people to be understanding the government can only try to help but ultimately it up to the people

May 27, 2013 at 7:36 am
(385) Yutona says:

D priest..I really liked your comment, @Frank you really sound simple…An as for that minimum wage should be raised…Obama stay on your job an make it happen

May 27, 2013 at 9:14 am
(386) Stephanie says:

I believe the minimum wage should be 9 dollars an hour. I was working for a global company as hourly management for 9.50 an hour after three years. I left that job, went back to school and got more training thinking that I could actually get a job so I could pay my bills, feed my children, and maybe occasionally not have a panic attack when I go grocery shopping. I have the skills to get a higher paying job. The problem? I’m too old to get hired.. I don’t think I’m too old (41), but apparently when a classmate of mine (age 24) and I applied for the same job, she got the job with less training, more money than I asked for, with a horrible employment track record. I have missed exactly 4 days of work in five years, never been fired and have held 5 jobs in 20 years. I am trained in medical office, billing/coding, administration. I asked for 12 an hour. She got 15. When she asked her boss why they hired her rather than me ( she had been there for about a month) they told her that I was too old to stay in one job for very long and I would be retiring soon. WTH? I have 25 years more to work here people. Now at 10.84 an hour working at a truck stop, I’m going homeless because I can’t make rent and feed my family at the same time. I have student loans to pay, along with my kids college tuition (scholarships and grants don’t cover everything) I live in the Northeast.

May 27, 2013 at 9:44 am
(387) m says:

Living in South Carolina, of course it should be rasied. This is the south but there are people who still thinks that a pound of sugar is 10 cents. We need to grow with the times. I really hope that the increase goes through.

May 27, 2013 at 10:51 am
(388) Tioga Cherry says:

I think it should be raised to $10.00 an hr. That’s the only way your gonna make it. The Government is sticking us with high gas prices that’s the end of your house mortgage or rent so your homeless than the food is so expensive $6.00 for a cheap pack of hot dogs that use to be 50 cents and a pound of cheese is $10.00 a pound. Theirs a serious problem that we the people need to put our foot down and make heads roll. I we try to go the legal route were gonna be screwed so we need to figure out a new way of dealing with these fools.

May 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(389) Susan Weaver says:

How bout this idea, why don’t we close all the fast food places and the people who have been working very hard in them, all get grants to open their own restaurants. They will be self employed and can enjoy the profits that the big guys get now. They could have their own menus too. Maybe some vegan restuarants. Then, the hard working people will get rich rather than the greedy fat cats who don’t care about our kids and put sugar in all their food. Salt, too.

And how bout this, why not close all the clothing goods operations that buy from oversees. Let’s give people who have good ideas about clothes get grants to work right here in the usa.

No, you fat cats don’t like that idea. Well, just increase minnimum wage, for God’s sake, so we all can live the American Dream. After all, isn’t that why my father and his brother both faught in ww11 for. So, we can have freedom.

May 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm
(390) jack black says:

People are stupid. He is trying to raise minimum wage to meet the basic cost of living. Meaning if it goes up to $9.00, the prices of merchandise shouldn’t go up because its already too high. And it suggest that minimum wages would go up, as the cost of living rises…(which should be common sense). I’m not the smartest person in the world, but I do have common sense….and my common sense says, if minimum wages can be higher…then it should be higher….

May 28, 2013 at 9:52 am
(391) anangelofhonor says:

Wow, an increase in minimum wage AND an automatic cost of living raise? I am a nurse, and have not gotten ANY raise, cost of living or otherwise for YEARS, and have to pay my gas and wear and tear of my car driving all over my state to obtain work…and no health insurance.

Pretty soon the minimum wage will surpass MY earnings…

May 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm
(392) understanding the minimum wage says:

Minimum wage should raise. We haven’t had a raise in a while while inflation and the cost of living has gone up. It is time for minimum wage to catch up. However, such a huge increase in minimum wage will just tip the scale and bring everything off balance. Money makers are spoiled, they don’t like to lower their cost of living, so if they have to increase the amount of money they pay to employees, they will increase their prices to make up for the difference. Minimum wage and inflation sort of go hand in hand and it needs to be judged properly in order to avoid having a null affect where nothing changed even though wage increased. In terms for everyone else who is cry and whining about how little they make, it is suppose to be an incentive to go back to school to increase your education to increase your salary. For everyone who is lying about can’t finding a job because you’re 41, just FYI, there is an age discrimination once you’re 40, you shouldn’t be denied the job because of your age unless you aren’t as skilled as you think you are. There is a natural unemployment rate of approximately 5percent so it’s an incentive to find better jobs and or increase your education to get where you want to get.

May 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm
(393) peggy whitworth says:

I definitely feel wages should go up, the cost of living has rose extremely and 7.25 an hour barley makes an house payment. we work hard and deserve to be able to make a decent enough living not to have to struggle so badly.

May 29, 2013 at 6:54 am
(394) chandra says:

why didn’t Mississippi get a raised….so of us have a job but still have to depend on the state for food stamps…..cause when they get thru with the bills they can’t buy anything else…that is a shame….we r struggling in the delta

June 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(395) ToniD says:

The president is the president of the whole United States not just Illinois. When the president approves an act, His word should be LAW! This is legislation that affects many workers who make too much for food stamps and too little to buy enough of what they need. Our political system is corrupt and ineffective. I like the president but we the people have made him powerless. By allowing the status quo to remain in power we have limited our power. Our society is built on ineffective bureaucracy and the political chain should be Changed!

June 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm
(396) Austin says:

I think minimum wage should be $10 if not more but without the inflation

June 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm
(397) Tom says:

In the early 70″s making $20,000.a year would be equivalent to $100,000.a year today. In the early 70′s the minimum wage was $2.00 an hour it would be equivalent to $10.00 an hour today. The minimum wage should be raised to at least $10.00 an hour.

June 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(398) Rudy says:

The only problem with raising minimum wage is that you will see an influx of young people in high school and college not getting hired. With the increase employers will be super selective in the hiring process instead of giving a young person to prove themselves and get a merit increase.

June 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(399) Donna says:

so when is this increase supposed to go into effect. At least for a few weeks we will fill like we got something but everything will increase with it but not as quick. Then we are back to the same place we are now. And I don’t know where these people live who decide about increase (except those in the White House) have any idea about the cost of living. I can’t imagine how the US expects us to live on 7 .25 an hour. What! I live in the south and that gives a little break but not much. There aren’t the jobs here as in other places. And we are having to make it on that amount. Let’s not forget the increase in the Social Security Tax. Oh my gosh! And I am not sure there will be Social Security when i get it. I just wish they would give back our money we invested in and let us invest in ourselves for a change. Ok, coming off the soap box. But don’t get me started!!!!

June 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(400) disney says:

Been working at a New York State run human service agency for the past 2 1/2 years, still no raise. Was told that we are paid with Medicaid money, there’s no funds to increase wages. I can understand it, but still you have employees that have been there for some time, they didn’t get a raise. We don’t even get any annual bonuses either. If the agency really appreciate our hard work that we provide our clients, then they need to start giving out pay raises to show their appreciation. I’m willing to bet that when minimum wage is above the starting pay, then they will be forced to give everyone a raise.

June 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm
(401) meg says:

And people wonder why this economy is so jacked up. It’s not that majority of people who work for minimum wage is without skills or education because I have gone not to one but 3 universities and have graduated 2 with honors and still find myself at the bottom of the barrel. I have 2 kids and I have help but some how the pay I bring and the pay their father brings isn’t enough for our little people. Multiple jobs may be a horrible ideal for those working a single job that can offer 120 hours to one person while the rest of us have to juggle 2-3 20- 25 hour jobs a week just to make it through each month for a family of 4. Its as simple as this, the american economy has lost its mind dearly. keep the poor man poor and the rich man rich. Eliminate the middle class. $9 is a decent if you never made it there but when your use to making double digits and go to another company that not even the lemon in the water for you. Small business and big business alike have to realize that if the consumer doesn’t have the money to pay rent and live a little above their means then how will we be able to spend what precious dimes we have on the crap america has to offer that is originally from china. Hello we should just ship ourselves by airmail over there with a set of rosetta stone and learn the way of Asia. With 9 dollars we will be able to afford the cost of living a hell of a lot better than we are now!

June 11, 2013 at 8:47 am
(402) What a Joke says:

What I find funny is all the people on here complaining about not having money to eat or pay rent due to making $7.78 or less. Well it must not be that bad you have a computer and internet. These items are not cheap. I agree a lot of educated people are struggling right now through no fault of their own, however, the uneducated are just looking for another hand out. I see all the time people do not want to work because they will lose their food stamps or welfare checks. This is real people, wake up. I am tired of paying for other people and their kids, because they do not want to work, why there is a hand out around the corner. When I go to the store and see someone with $200 shoes, nails done, buying shrimp and steak, while I am buying ground beef I get mad. I work hard for my money, I have an education, and a pretty good job. I fought for my education and my job, maybe others should do the same and stop looking for the next hand out!!!

June 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(403) Dbj says:

I earn close to six figures a year and I think minimum wage should be raised to $13-$14 an hour! Yes, both small and big business will suffer INITIALLY, but in the long term, consumer spending will increase which will generate more revenues for both small and big businesses. After all, it’s the working families that keep Walmarts, Targets, McDonalds, etc in business…not the rich! Increased demand means the businesses would in turn increase supplier demand and so on. Additionally, more families would be able to afford health care which would increase the demand for health care services, thus again increasing the need for health care workers, and again pumping more money back into the economy. We’ve been increasing minimum wage by nickel and dimes for the last 30 years and it hasn’t worked yet, maybe it’s time to try something new. The American people were tired of the same old song and dance and elected an African American president who had new ideas…and the world hasn’t come to an end. I doubt the world will end if we increase minimum wage so that people will be able to afford basic comforts!

June 12, 2013 at 5:47 am
(404) Clint says:

It is the closest thing we have to slave labor in America. And, none of these places offer health insurance. With gas prices having gone through the roof and grocery prices continually going up …..let’s just say inflation has been rough on those of us who are on a tight budget. And yet there are millions of Americans trying to wade through this new era making $7.25 per hour. That is not only disgraceful, it should be against the law. It is not possible to live on your own making minimum wage. I commend President Obama for giving this matter his attention. Unfortunately, the lobbyists will pay Congress and The Senate to shoot his bill down. Isn’t this supposed to be a country “for the people”? What American dream?

June 13, 2013 at 10:07 am
(405) Andrew says:

It’s is a horrible idea. Why people don’t realize is that if a minimum wage increase happens, then employers will have to cut at least half of their staff to account for the increase in payment to employees. I am a high school student and work a minimum wage job, and I am completely against an increase. I would rather make 7.25 an hour than 0.00 an hour.

June 14, 2013 at 10:54 am
(406) Shahid says:

Oh my GOD here in Pakistan I can’t earn $9 even in a day!

June 15, 2013 at 2:15 am
(407) Brees says:

Put the government on minimum wage and watch how fast things would change. If voting actually made a difference then they’d find a way to also make that illegal. We the lower working class, making minimum wages, must work endlessly to watch all of our money being taken away to bills, and taxes. **** the government.

Make some changes, practice what you preach, pull your head out of the sand and watch closely as people work themselves nearly to death. Single parents, working two or three jobs barely making ends meet. USA? Home of the free? Please! Our working class work like slaves. I can honestly say this economy is horrible. (Being a single parent, and having three jobs.)

I’ll change my name if I’m wrong.

June 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm
(408) Holly says:

Minimum wage seriously needs to be raised. I work at Mcdonald’s and I make $7.85 an hour, and they are one of the most successful fast food chains in the world. Not sure how, but they are. Like another person who posted, I too have to beg for hours. And there is supposedly this new law where a “part time employee” can’t work more than 29 hours a week. My paychecks are only a little over 200 each time, so about 400 – 450 a month here. A big business like Mcdonald’s can afford a $10/hr pay for the employees who actually LIKE their job and WANT to be there. It’s sickening. It’s so bad, I have to look for another job.

June 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(409) ryan says:

You people are ratards! You think increasing minimum wage will help buy groceries and gas. Ha! OK….so here’s the bigger picture. Increase the minimum wage 2-3bucks..that’s 4-6 thousand gross In an increased expense for that individuals employment. Who pays that. You think Kroger is going to lol. No. Grocery stores will jack their prices up to meet the new expense. Minimum wage was never designed to live on! If your making minimum wage, chances are you qualify for government assisted education…MAKE YOURSELF MORE VALUABLE! Don’t expect someone else to do it for you! That’s why this country is headed where it is. Everyone wants something for nothing! People don’t rob because they make minimum wage. They rob because they are lazy and immoral lookin for the easy road. They rob because they would rather take what another worked for rather than earn it themselves. Much like socialism or communism. And they Probably didn’t have a father in the home either. Minimum wage is nothing more than a stepping stone! This country was founded upon the need and yearn for more. If you are satisfied with minimum wage that’s fine…but don’t expect the world to better your finances because your not willing to.

June 16, 2013 at 5:45 am
(410) CJ says:

Don’t blame the government for price increases its the CEOs and higher ups wanting to keep there giant bonuses if a CEO makes 20 million a year take 5 million off and you could raise the wage of every worker to probably around 14 dollars an hour or more just look at Costco that is a proper business model a happy well paid worker is a good worker

June 16, 2013 at 8:29 am
(411) Frustrated and Tired says:

History carries a valuable lesson here, that needs to be remembered:

Tampering with the supply of money, or how it is distributed among the public, has horrific consequences.

The relative example that comes to my mind is post-WWI Germany. In 1923, a loaf of bread cost 3 BILLION german marks. That’s billion with a ‘b”. Why? Because the government was having issues paying its own debts, and its brilliant solution was to borrow, and print more money. This led to hyperinflation, where money severely depreciates in actual value. Soon, there was so much money going around, it became CHEAPER TO BURN PILES OF MONEY THAN TO PURCHASE FIREWOOD.

The laws of supply and demand cannot be denied.

If more money is readily available, be it through sharp minimum wage increases, or printing, inflation will soar, and leave us in a worse state than we are now. Supply and demand dictates that when money is in higher supply, it is worth less. Thus, stores will raise prices of food. Employers will cut hours to meet increased supply and operating expenses. Inflation will skyrocket, and people will be homeless.

We’re basically screwed. The government is already in a debt crisis (google “Budget sequestration in 2013″), and there is enough strain on an already weak economy. THE LAST THING WE WOULD WANT is a sharp wage increase. I am all for hardworking people like us to be paid more, but not at the cost of the entire country. A small increase, to keep pace with the cost of living, is the way to go about it because it keeps inflation at bay.

Another solution must be found. Personally, i believe in raising taxes on people with excessively high incomes by a small percent. Granted, some people worked hard for their fortunes, and they shouldn’t be punished for that, but when they see that others are living in squalor while they lounge in Hawaii, I don’t really think they can complain. A small percentage from them goes a long way.

There’s no simple fix here. I really wish this wasn’t so.

June 16, 2013 at 9:09 am
(412) Katelyn says:

Alright. Yes minimum should be raised. It’s 7.25 in New York. Even if I could work 40 hours a week at that pay. Once you take out taxes and money for gas to get back and forth to just work. Not going anywhere else. You’re left with about 800$. That’s not nearly enough to pay for rent and food and utilities and phone. The bare essentials would not get payed. That’s not including cable or Internet. Yes I understand small business owners can’t afford a jump like that but hello that’s why they are doing it GRADUALLY. I’ve gone without food or new clothes or a lot of things just to make it by. And they want to raise minimum to atleast help people make it by. I think this legislation should be passed because then we know that if cost of living goes up so will our wages. Eventually it will just even out. Yes some people abuse the system why do you think so many states are starting to crack down on there standards to receive help. But hey I’m just looking at this from a logical point of view, from the point of view of a twenty something year old who doesn’t go out or buy the unnecessary things just so I can barely make it by. I don’t think it’s fair that just because I’m young means I shouldn’t be able to afford to live on my own.

June 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm
(413) Janice says:

I am not sure if anyone has experienced this but current employer for the past 2 years, gave all the new employees a raise from 8.25 to 9/hour as of April. But here is the kicker, new meaning anyone that has been with the company for 3 years or less. Anyhow we went from working 35 hours per week to now 30 / week. Now mind you, this has only happened to the part timers. Now we all complained because for one this is not a raise and 2ndly, we no longer get a 30 minute lunch break, so that we can make up the pay that we missed, well, the pay that was taken from us or I pay checks would be less. The full timers are the ones who received an actual raise and we get cut 20 hours a month to help pay for the full timers pay raise. Is this even legal?

June 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(414) Samir says:

I’ve been on both sides of this fence–as an employer, and as someone who was broke and needed a job of some sort to survive.

As an employer, I found no one worked as hard as I did–NO ONE (besides my business partner). I put in a minimum of 12hrs/day 7 days a week in one business, and in another business I worked 130+/week (yes, that’s right–only 38 hrs a week to sleep, bathe, and eat). Because of all the overhead you must cover as a business (I spent hours a month just doing sales tax returns because of the regulations), you have to put in these hours or outsource it and be left with zero at the end of the month. Why even be in business if you’re going to be making zero?

Most businesses, while having huge profit margins, make less than 10-15% to the bottom line. That’s right, when you see something $50 that’s sold for $100, there’s only $10 that’s actually left over after all the overhead expenses are covered. I can only imagine what’s going to happen when human resources expenses go up by 20%. Yep, that 10-15% will dwindle down and businesses will close because what’s the point in working to make zero? Better to get a job and work for someone else and not deal with the 24×7 stress of a business.

June 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(415) Samir says:

When I didn’t have money, I didn’t eat but once every other day. I found the cheapest, most bang for buck food, and I didn’t DREAM of a movie or even turning on the lights at night. I didn’t even think about welfare, food stamps, or unemployment because I knew I could do it on my own.

I searched 12hrs a day for a job for two weeks and finally got lucky after some persistence. I told myself that if I didn’t find a job in two weeks, I was ready to start working at temp agencies as a laborer, and was going to take more than one labor job if need be.

After I had that job, I was able to buy groceries again, but I was still very conservative with my spending. I still have a cell phone from 2004 (no fancy iphone here) and other simple things in my life. I still watch my pennies, and because of that I have $100k in the bank.

Bottom line is that if you’re disciplined enough, you can do it–minimum wage or not. And don’t expect the government to hand you something you can’t do yourself.

June 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(416) Anonymous says:

I feel the increase would help and hurt us. Being in the position of a full time minimum wage employee i know it is hard to get by. More money would help of course but that much of an increase would hurt businesses. We should slowly get up to that amount. Other people who have commented need to realize it could be harder than just what they are going through. My husband passed three years ago. My five year old daughter and I have been living paycheck to paycheck ever since. I don’t have a fancy house or car and i don’t go shopping or get my nails done. Just because people do spend their money unwisely does not mean we all do. I want more for my daughter than just barely getting by. We need an increase! a

June 18, 2013 at 9:58 am
(417) KWilliams says:

- Will it create more jobs; no. But I don’t believe that is the point.
- Will it make it more difficult for small businesses; yes. But harder is not impossible. Living on the current minimum wage IS impossible.
- Is it possible it will cause the price of things to go up a bit; yes. But it won’t double prices or even raise them by a third. I think the extra we might pay may improve the quality of life for a larger number of people than the extra cost of some of our items will hurt us.
- Will it cost us more in taxes; probably. However, it may balance out as the number of petty thefts that our police and court systems have to deal with may go down as a result. We will no longer have to pay for the jail time (approx.. 22k a year) for the man in Texas who got 40 years for his third strike which was stealing a rack of ribs. Or the girl in FL who got a year for stealing hair dye and mascara from Wal-Mart so she could go on a job interview.
In Australia, a great number of the population lives comfortably on minimum wage. They aren’t rich, but they aren’t working three jobs either. And there is no stigma there about earning minimum wage. It is perfectly respectable and they aren’t viewed as less ambitious. But then in Australia, everyone has the opportunity to go to college and get a four year degree for approximately $500. Here, only the wealthy can afford to be well educated.
We NEED the increase in minimum wage because our fellow citizens are suffering; not from lack of trying or intelligence or because they lack some fundamental grasp of the concept of hard work, but from a lack of hope that they can find their way out of their financial whole. We can’t keep turning a blind eye to it and we need to begin down a path, as a country, of helping one another.
I am a business owner, and I will happily pay more per hour for the greater good.

June 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm
(418) Chris says:

People need to educate themselves on the impact of minimum wage hikes. Small hikes result in severe unemployment jumps for the poorest. Politicians want to feel good doing what looks good on the surface, but causes a lot of harm in the real world. A hike of over 25% (including all extra taxes paid) would be devastating to the teenage workers trying to gain experience in the work world.

Read the following before you spout off on how great an increase would be: http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/labor/negative-effects-minimum-wage-laws

June 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(419) BabiiGirrl says:

OK to all of you who believe minimum wage should be lowered because you are afraid of making just as much as us lower class people shouldn’t have a job to see how hard living is for us! $7.25-$7.75 is barely enough to cover out village and gas for transportation to work, so maybe you who disagree should try li info these days on our pay and see how far you’d make it, I. For minimum wage being at least $9.00 /h so maybe we have a chance at some of the luxuries you can afford! I drive a 91 Ford f150 without air condition or heat and putting more money into it than it’s worth! So Yea I’d like a new car and I’d like to have kids before I’m 30 also but minimum wage is hardly enough for that too especially when your getting 30 hours per week. So stfu and learn how live poor or not have a job at all thats all i have to say to all you greedy sob’s

June 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm
(420) Tricia JA says:

So what if the tax payer pays for the increase in minimum wage or it’s passed onto the customer. Tax payers are already paying for other things and business cost are TYPICALLY passed onto customers so tell us something we don’t know. At least the money would go to a good cause. I think what most business owners are afraid of is it would mean less profit for them! If they try and raise prices to cover an increase in wages, they will lose customers so they’d have to cut prices – thereby decreasing their profit margins. In any case, People need to understand, there are grown adults ( some w/ degrees) trying to make it on MW. Heck, if the cost of living goes up, if the rent increases, insurance premiums increase, food prices increase, etc. then why can’t wages? Everything else increases but wages stay the same? What sort of s is that? Walk a mile in someone’s shoes before making ignorant statements or passing judgments.

June 21, 2013 at 2:43 am
(421) The Federal Farmer says:

Hiram and Janis are on the right track. But we really need to raise the minimum wage to a million dollars and hour. Then we can all work one week and retire and move to Greece.

June 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm
(422) Longrun says:

Collect UI at min UI Percent. I know it Varies per state so I will use average:

210 a week post taxes

840 a month no gas cost expenses either, depreciation on car and need of oil changes and no bothering with an unfulfilling job and BS that comes with these low p[aying jobs.

Work min averag emin wage 7.75 at 38 hours (2hrs for 5 days break time by law)

You make approximatley 240 (this is NY tax so it is only ‘approximate’ for all)

960 a month

Chances yoyu enjoy the work?
Cost of time and gas to get there?
Car mileage and the like?
How many times you need work with ill health? or Injury?

Really? Who can afford health insurance with a salary like that?

June 22, 2013 at 2:58 am
(423) single mom says:

I totally agree with lil momma, i have worked my tale off for the last 8 yrs, same company but due to all the new changes, i have went from workn 40 hrs a week to 28 an my check doesn’t compare to what i was bringing home when i was working 40 hrs. So why nt raise minimum wage to make up for what they have taken from us. Im a very hard worker, i stay late if necessary, an go in on my days off but then my hrs have to be adjusted cause u cant go over 28 an thats nt fair. Nt sayn it should be 10 dollars but at least 9.25 to 9.50

June 24, 2013 at 4:23 am
(424) why not says:

I say we get rid of the minimum wage all together. America is all about competition right? Who is more skilled, educated, rich.. who cares. If you run a business and you want to pay your employees $1.00/hour, go for it. Then you can stop complimenting yourself for being so intelligent. As an employee, you sure would have a lot more options. Forget company loyalty, its all dog eat dog anyway. Who ever is paying $0.10 more per hour gets the skilled labor and produces a better bottom line. Lets see how high pay raises then. As a business owner, if you’re not doing well enough too pay your employees a Living wage you shouldn’t have employees.

June 24, 2013 at 11:11 am
(425) Michelle says:

I do not think the minimum wage should go up. Before I get a tidal wave of bad names, let me explain. When the minimum wage goes up, everything just goes up with it. I mean EVERYTHING. Rent, gas, food, clothing, everything. And anyone who doesn’t think that is true, think back when a loaf of bread was a nickel and now, a name brand bread is three bucks. When the wages go up, prices go up. We will really be no better off. NOW, if we freeze the cost of living with a wage increase, we would be in business. Of course, that will never happen. So, a wage increase will change nothing.

June 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(426) Nina Griffith says:

Hey Goofey….if your prices keep going up…..and our wages stay the same…..who loses in the long run?….Uh, Duh…..YOU DO. We can’t keep paying prices if we don’t have MONEY!!! Unfortunately, money is something we have to have to pay you for your merchandise or services. NOT everyone has a housefull of children to care for and we still can’t afford to pay your prices. NOT only is this true, but I will tell you something else that is true. I REFUSE to pay your prices that are outrageous. I pay for cost of living and that is all. NO LUXURIES HERE, NO CREDIT CARDS HERE. I WILL NOT make you rich and struggle to live in luxury.

June 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm
(427) tina says:

minimum wage should be at least $10 per hour if not more, if you happen to like health insurance!!! some states wages are different because their cost of living is higher or lower for example gas and luxuries such as cigarettes and liquor. what I don’t understand is why a person can rent an apartment for a certain amount and another pay hundreds more per month for the same unit simply because their income is higher. By the time you pay your higher rent, more in taxes and health insurance because you can afford it you may be no better off then the guy making $ less per hour. So even though I am in complete agreement with minimum wage needing to be much higher I have a nagging thought in the back of my mind…..be careful what you wish for!!!!! maybe someone should be doing something about the rent also so their is money left in a budget for things like our children,s education or retierment!!!!

June 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(428) pam says:

After ready some of the comments I have to say that some of you make more than the minimun wage. I work for a grocery chain that makes millions a year but I make 8.00hr and work a minimun of 30 hrs a week. Ask me how I make ends meet. Granted I don’t have 6 kids to support and I take care of my senior mother. But still I live from pay check to pay check. I don’t go out and buy designer hand bags or even go out at all, I can’t afford to. I go to work and I go home. My paycheck puts gas in my car and and some food. I can’t pay half the bills I have cause theres not enough money. Think about the people who are out there working their butts off making minimun wage who can’t even afford to buy underware when needed. The grocery chin I work for made over 55 million dollars for just one store last year, do you think they would pass on that to their employees who helped make that money for them. NO!! But we keep working for what little we get cause we have to. I think minimun wage should be increased to at least 12 to 13 dollars and hr.

June 26, 2013 at 10:15 am
(429) nicole baker says:

I can’t even afford to get my own place with 7.25, I didn’t need nobody to help me pay my rent. I feel like a slave barely making it. Working three days a week, can’t make forty hours, tell me how to live off that?

June 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm
(430) john says:

In my country we doesnt have a minimum wage, there is no such thing as “at least 7.25 $ an hour”. But it still works, im 17 years old and makes about 21.30 $ an hour. Before i got this job, i had no working experience or anything job related experience, but my boss told me he gave us the money he thought we deserved, like if you always shows up on work everyday, take resposebily for other employees acts etc. And it really works;:) im saving up

June 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm
(431) Curt says:

I think they are raising minimum wage so that they will get more tax revenue from your increased earnings.

June 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm
(432) Dv says:

Yes we do need an increase in minimum wage. People with money always say we need to do better find better be better. But take into thought if everybody could make a million dollars and buy wat we wanted wat need would there be for for certain people y work for you wen I can do myself without the commoners as people say a lot of people with money would have no money so never down the lower class cause in most cases we make the upper class

June 29, 2013 at 3:27 am
(433) LaShae says:

I don’t have my own business but not everyone is out here with lots of children and just because you made it doesn’t mean that those who haven’t are any less than you. Not everyone wants their own business. The thing iswwe deserve to be paid for the jobs we do. We deserve to make enough money to be able to take care of our families. So many parents out here working two and three jobs to take care of their families while they are missing out on their children’s lives. Really their own lives, never get a chance to enjoy the benefits of their hard work. I understand your distaste assistance programs to an extent because some people take advantage of the system,bu t some people actually need it because even with a job they still can’t feed their family after paying bills and getting other necessities. Higher pay will definitely be a step in the right direction. Most apartments in my city are above 600 for a decent one bedroom, how can you really afford that making 7.25 a hour?

July 2, 2013 at 4:30 am
(434) Seriously says:

The minimum wage needs to go up, I really don’t have anything more to say beyond whats been said on why it should go up, and I understand the price of things will surely increase when min wage goes up, but I make min wage in Texas atm, and I get 40hours a week, and can barely support myself in the cheapest one bedroom i could find near my job, I live as frugal as possible, because i have to((for my rent and net and elec its appx 600mo, phone is 75 and i didnt want one but have to for a job leaving me with roughly 125 a month for personal life which is just sitting in an empty apt with no money or anything to do but try and hope someone will give me a better paying job while searching and using that 125 for food all month)), Its just what iv adapted to, and if min wage went to 9$ an hour at least, I could use that help to better my life in so many ways, I keep hearing people talking abut how much everything will go up in price if min wage is increased, well atm i have to buy all the cheap low grade no name brand foods and items because there normally a lot cheaper that name brands due to the quality, at the moment with this min wage, i can barely afford these crappy low quality items which i figure were made for poor ppl like me, but i can still barely afford it, if the min wage went up i could at least easily afford stuff thats not very good opposed to not being able to feed myself monthy. By the way, my current diet is romen and i treat myself to the 99cent dollar menu here and there. Either people with money are strange in the head and think this is what we deserve for working, or they just dont care about anything but there money and personal lives, i mean hard lives for poor people isn’t there problem why would they wont to care about it or change it, especially if it meant a chance of them losing a bit of that money they love to horde so much for sport. They say they wont to help, but really they just want to feel like good heart’ed people and ignore you.

July 2, 2013 at 4:43 am
(435) Ronnie says:

When min wage goes up, expensive things that arent needed to live will go up, a used car will stay the same price buying it from a person off the net, cheap no brand items will stay the same price, or increase by like 10c, but fancy restaurants, designer clothes, and everything else that rich ppl can afford and CARELESSLY waste money on, and poor ppl cant will go up, so don’t raise the min wage, its gonna help the poor and increase prices on pointless things like Prada and Nike and we cant have rich people without there Prada and Nike, Its so funny all the ppl who are worrying about prices going up, because at currant min wage most ppl cant afford much of anything at all and barely an place to live.

July 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(436) slyater says:

Not thinking michigan will back up any min wage. Its the most unconstitutional state in union. I recently wooed for 3 an hour not kn wing it until paid. No one cares here. Ourstate sucks!

July 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm
(437) Eking says:

Minimum Wages should be increased to $100 an hour so that ever one is equal and that the poor can now afford housing.
Where now we are so dependent on luxury housing of $1,000,000 or more in homes and condos. That Town and city by city the growing anti- Apartment and anti affordable housing movements are growing so fast and so far that the Minimum wage work can’t even afford renting a tent under and underpass. If we are going to talk about increasing the minimum wage we need to talk about a tiered system of housing which is grossly lacking in this country.
City by City Apartment complexes are being torn down with out the replacements of them even being preposed. Housing cost are climbing so fast that the minimum wage will increase so much per-year that we will create and inflation machine that will run rampant on all of us. Cost will all ways be pasted on to consumers and employers will just begin to pay only minimum wage to balance out. Give it some thought. Tiered Housing to allow saving.

July 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(438) zdrussell says:

I have done multiple calculations on the effects of raising minimum wage, and based on my calculations, a 7%increase in cost of goods could easily compensate an employer for a 15% increase in wages. This increase in wages would most likely go back into the economy. This would improve the economy overall as well as aid the financial stability of entry level workers. I am 20 working 40 hours a week at minimum wage and I often ask family to help me financially because I can’t pay my bills without help. Minimum wage must increase for people in my situation to survive on their own.

July 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(439) Brenda says:

I feel that mimimum wages should be at least 12 dollars the price of living have did a skyrocket people are barely seeing ends meet, they can’t afford their apartments or barely paying rent, being evicted because in reality they can’t afford to pay rent , and keep their children with clothes on their back and food on the table, some may even get food stamps but how can they pay for food and still have food by t he time it is time to get more food stamps the family have been in need of more stamps because of the increase of food.

July 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm
(440) Melissa says:

Yes it should increase because of people like myself. Single parents with dead beat ex’s who don’t pay child support. I could care less about that, but I would like to be able to make more that $1400 a month. That hardly pays gas and car insurance and rent …….much less anything fun like fishing and camping.

July 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm
(441) Mike says:

Stop complaining that minimum wage is too low and go make yourself more marketable. Nothing is stopping you from learning to be valuable.

If nobody is willing to pay you more than minimum wage, the problem is not the laws. It is you. There are plenty of courses online. Learn to program or online marketing or how to fix a car. You can do it if you make the sacrifice and I promise it is worth it.

July 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm
(442) ANNA says:

If you know anything about economics, you would know raising the minumum wage will raise prices quicker as the cost is passed on to the consumer. The best thing to do is to freeze wage increases except for tipped employees. Wait several years for prices to stablize. then lower the minumum wage and watch prices drop.

July 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(443) madonna says:

First and foremost, Frank you are totally out of line for your comment but being everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I’m a mother of four and just to let you know, it’s hard to maintain a home with kids and also without so before you go being judgemental about what others are doing and how their doing it remember this:WHAT GOES UP GOD WILL BRING IT DOWN!! Since your so well educated, don’t forget taxpayer dollars also pay for the elderly healthcare are do they also fall in the position of wanting something give n to them also.Think before you speak and in closing of my comment, Wages should of been raised due to high rise economy and everyone wasn’t born with a platinum fork in their mouth! Be Blessed and Please by all means PRAY because God sits high and looks low and I pray he has mercy on your “cold soul”.

July 9, 2013 at 4:45 am
(444) chillin in the mitten says:

In Michigan if you are on Medicaid or foodstamps you HAVE to work. If you miss one phone call from your case worker you can have your aid cancelled. These people who are eligible for aid make minimum wage which is taxed on a state, federal, and city level. So they pay into the system. There has always been poor and rich. The middle class has shrunk. When I was a kid in the 80′s you didn’t need a cell phone internet to survive. Food was cheaper, gas and utilities were cheaper. Middle class persons now spend $80 a day on daycare. Boomers are helping support grandkids while paying for meds because they are living longer. I am 38 and live with my parents. I have one child. The father is abusive- can’t live with him. I am paying off student loans, grow my own food, make clothes, shop at resale shops, buy on sale or clip coupons. It is very hard and money is tight but I have a network of good people some Christian who can help. We cannot lose hope as a nation. There is still plenty of good everyday. The media makes it worse by spewing negativity and the politicians want. I lived in an area for a few years where people fished, hunted, had to chop wood plus work at jobs and deal with 3 feet if snow to take care of their families. No whining or you’ll get dropped off in the woods with only a rope and knife. City folk can’t go out and hunt and fish- cities are not places were one can be self reliant. The fact they built a new grocery store in Detroit was a huge deal. So persons could get access to food. God is good, I am poor but
rich in my relationships and spirituality which makes life better.

July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(445) jeff says:

i say have all of congress and all government agency’s work one year at 7.25 an hour and see if they can survive, i bet they would cave after 1 month

July 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm
(446) Jasmine says:

I do believe minimum wage should go up because it’s people like me and my coworkers that have to clean up after nasty people and get only 7.25 working 20hrs/wk, while some of us have $800 mortgages to pay, rent, kids to feed (not me), utilities, put gas in the car to get to work and school, and the things we might need. We work our butts off on a daily basis for these people and still barely have enough to pay bills and sometimes not even that. I would be happy minimum wage wen up because I would at least have enough to gas up the car every week and have money left over to eat.

July 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(447) MarkyMark says:

Ok, I agree with the minimum wage going up a lil, I think $10/hr is a lil much all at one time. But who on here remembers in 2009 when the wage went up, so did everything else. Milk is $3.50/galon, bread is $1.50 per loaf, and so on. So put the shoe on the other foot, if a employer has to pay more for a salary increse what is the employer going to do to make up the difference that he/she is going to have to pay out? Raise the price of their goods… Right…. History does repeat itself, and I cant even think about paying $5-$7 for a gal on milk, or $4-$5 bucks for bread. Not only is it the store that is paying more for their people to work, also the company that makes the milk or bread. Also think a lil bit about the people that make money above minimum wage, not talking about 6 figure incomes, but someone who makes $12 bucks an hour. With all the prices going up, do you think that the employer is going to give a $3 raise to all of his/her employees? So with the raise of mimum wage going up, it drive more and more people to lower poverty levels. Then also think, as people have spoken about before me. Before the last raise on MW, people were working 40 hours a week, now their only working 20-30 or so, that is one way the employers are saving on payroll. So if the govt does raise MW what is going to happen to your hours this time. Also companies will lay off workers, due to the increese on salary, and move more and more employees to a fixed salary type of income. So people that are only thinking of themselfs and not the whole problem, be very carful what you are asking for, it could come around and bite you, when your employer says we have to cut back, and today will be your last day, or that he/she can’t afford to pay the employees, so they have to colse their business.

July 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(448) Just a mexican says:

just move over to mexico, everything is like ten times cheaper, I work 45 hrs a week and only make about $100 bucks a week, still i live great, I don’t know why you have to complain all about it, minimum wage in mexico is about 80 US cents per hour, still people all over mexico live perfectly fine, they can even afford to BUY, yes BUY houses, not rent but buy, the problem with the US is inflation, solve that and voila you’ll be happy or “living the dream”, as some say

July 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(449) melody says:

It needs to be 10.00 an hour everything else has raised.A person cant live on 7.25 an hour.It takes two to work to make a living at all.

July 15, 2013 at 4:18 am
(450) laukie says:

I live on the Gulf Coast in S. TX. I earn .20 over minimum wage while working 35 hrs a week. This translates to around $900 after taxes most pay periods. I am thankful for the $35 a month I receive in SNAP assistance while I await final approval for Section #8 housing.

Meanwhile the owner of the company I work for is currently in Africa on vacation, where they will remain through the season.

July 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm
(451) Foolish clowns says:

It takes a real misunderstanding of economics for anyone to say that minimum wage should be raised. Every single time minimum wage has been raised prices always adjust to reflect the change. The work force had always been self adjusting the people that strive for better pay work hard to get there.

What most people at the bottom wish for is an easy way out change the laws so I get more money for doing the same easy work I am doing already. Pathetic, nothing more.

July 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm
(452) Upset with all of this says:

What big companies don’t understand and most people don’t understand as well is we don’t need pay raises. What we need is taxes to go down. If you had less taxes more people would have money to buy the things that they want and not be as worried about having enough money to make ends meet. Its hard I was living in Arkansas for a while working for $8.25 a hour my rent was $395.00 a month then you add in the money for auto insurance $175.00 and for electricity $60.00 + water $50.00 + phone $75.00 I was paying $755.00 a month. If I was able to get 70 hours for two weeks I would make $433.00 that would cover my rent. That would leave me with $38.12 for two weeks till my next check came but mostly that money went into my gas tank thankfully I did not live that far from my job. If I needed to I was able to walk there. My next check if it was for the same amount would cover the rest I would then $73.00 for two weeks. Now this was all good for the next month cause if I did not have to use all that money up for grocery’s and gas or other random stuff I would have some money to save up. Sadly I did not have many months like that. There were several times that I had to go with out phone or would have to walk to work for almost every day for a month or two to make ends meet. There was even times that I had to pawn some things or beg my family for money to make ends meet.
See the amount of taxes I payed on my large checks was $144.50. If I had even 18% less of that to pay it would have helped me some I would still have been paying $118.49 in taxes giving me another $26.01 that would have been half a tank of gas more each of my large pay checks. If I had been living in California what earning that much I would easily say that I would not have had a apartment at all I would have been living out of my car or my parents house. Maybe even a cheap sleazy motel off PCH or something like that.

July 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm
(453) John says:

I don’t know what everyone is talking about this idea that things cost more. According to the government we have little if any inflation since 2006. No wait, I mean 2008 when Obama got elected.

July 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm
(454) Goodforsomething says:

Well I guess the point of view I had is now irrelevant since there are many that feel the same way. Not so long ago I think minimum wage was 4 something. I started work gas was a dollar something, I think my smokes were also a dollar something. Poof minimum wage went up, I thought that was great!! Shortly after gas was 1.80, smokes were 2.15. Oh wait POOF minimum wage went up yay! Now gas is 2.10 smokes around 3 something.
Hmmmm does everyone see a pattern now? If minimum wage goes up so everyone can afford to live easier, the cost of everything goes up to match it where do you guys think the money comes from to pay the extra wages? It doesn’t come from the companies bottom line for long I can promise you this.
We need to think more like China!! Get the wages low and get all the companies that outsource back at home.
Or we can be like Sweden where the skilled factory worker building cars, planes, Watches, makes about 2$ more per hour than the person with little to no skills checking out your groceries at the grocery store. OH wait those are being replaced by self checkouts, because the cost is higher than the job is worth.
P.S. I know my grammar nor my typing is as perfect as most of yours but I’m really not worried about it much.
Thanks for reading. I feel better at least it feels like I get to contribute to this debate.

July 18, 2013 at 1:59 am
(455) Jesse says:

How about this, those that make less than $1500/month gross should be tax exempt. That way people can afford to work at crappy wages part time and pay an enormous amount for horrible health insurance and still pay rent, car payment to get to work (not every city in America has a taxi company or subway), auto insurance, gas for your car, groceries, and utilities!

I read an article that spoke about the top earning CEO’s in this country and its a joke. I do believe it was tye CEO of Zappos who went from a $8million salary in 2006 to $60million salary in 2012! And that’s just one company, many different jobs I’ve had in the last decade have involved the board of directors increasing their pay while cutting back hours and halting pay raises of their employees and going to cheaper insurance companies that charge more to the employee. For all those “anti raise minimum wage, business owners work hard bullcrap” why don’t you give me your half assed presidential solution to fixing this country becausr what’s going on right now is ridiculous! I make $10.50/hr and I’m sick of working part time whilr being taxed at 25% and STILL can’t afford the crappy health Insurance benefits or even gas to put in my car!

July 18, 2013 at 2:16 am
(456) Jesse says:

Another amazing idea is that way we live on a Resource Based Economy. Basically no one gets paid anything and everyone a specific job that they are best at and everyone gets three hots and a cot. Clothing brands won’t matter because everyone will where the same thing based on your size and gender. Everyone will have the same size house and there will be limits on how many kids (tax credits) you have. And everyone pitch in to be a well oil community. Of many hate this thought because we Americans have been bred on greed and envy and to hate the thought that everyone is just as important as everyone else. Read a book called “the giver” by Lois Lowry. Its an american book with a great story about how tye world flourished when they left behind greed and envy and materialistic immaturity and went to “sameness” you don’t need a big house, fast car, and the latest iPhone to have individualism, your own personality is what makes you an individual. I am a talented techy guy who makes $10.50/hr in utah and I’m originally from california and would love nothing more than to live in a community in where myself, a landscaper, and a doctor are treated equally and money no longer matters as long as we stick together.

July 18, 2013 at 9:37 am
(457) Amanda says:

This one is for frank who posted further down.. You should be ashamed of yourself regardless if u do own a business. Do you no how many people need assistance and ur tax dollars just to help make ends meet regardless of how many kids you or they do have get over it that’s non of your business its better then aborting them and living with that the rest of your life holy cow man your really going to judge someone you don’t even no because they need help you seriously need to get a reality check and realize that not all people unlike u have everything they need and more some can’t even afford clothes for there kids and water for there house to take showers I’ve seen so many people come into my store using bridge cards and you no what I say I tell them god bless you because god is the one to judge NOT you an for that we thank you for showing us people like you are what makes this world an evil place go to church learn it live it love it and stop being so perfect alright because when judgement day comes I can honestly say I feel bad for you!

July 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm
(458) Robert J Schundler says:

I find it depressing how many people do not understand that as the min. wage goes up, so does the price for American made products. Meaning the our products will cost more in relationship to foreign products. Leading to domestic companies going out of business, and foreign companies selling more and more goods in the US….. If they think workers should get more take home pay, what they should demand is that taxes on Labor be reduces/repeal. So that the workers has more money but is not increasing the labor cost to the employer. At the same time if the government needs more tax revenue, it should tax all goods …. foreign goods do not carry the same taxes our good carry. It would be good if both domestic goods and foreign goods were taxed the same.

July 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm
(459) Jeannette says:

I agree with the gradual increase in minimum wage.I live in NC.When I first started working in 2007 I was getting paid 8.60/hr with no kids and times were still hard.Thank God that my job a tye time offered overtime which helped a little.I just recently left a nob because they cut hours because of Obamacare.They didn’t want the employees to have the opportunity to recieve benefits so they cut hours.Now I was making 9.70/hr at this particular place and was get between 35-38 hrs wkly.The hours decreased and so did my money.Times were hard all over again.I agree with some who say this minimum wage increase may effect hrs but everything is worth a try.

July 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm
(460) Ray says:

This might be rudely realistic, so if you don’t want your feelings hurt don’t read what’s below:

It’s a double-edged sword. For the time being, it’s great – you’ve got the money that you didn’t have before. Prices are the same so you are actually making out more than before; it’s like a raise.
But as inflation meets minimum wage you’re going to see your extra money decrease and start panicking. You might have gotten something that you COULD have afforded before inflation but now cannot pay. Your extra money that you don’t have now, you won’t have then. UNLESS you are smart and save every bit of that extra money as it comes in. The prices of everything will slowly go up as supply and demand once again hit an equilibrium. And as the prices get higher, I foresee even more people not wanting to give out raises; not at least until they gradually increase prices.

But even more drastic: Think of the US dollar gained against foreign currency. Slowly other countries who are in depression (almost everyone) will raise their minimum wage but before that we are on the losing end. They are going to make quite the pretty penny off of us until the global wages are once again reasonable.

July 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm
(461) just saying says:

i been on my job for 6 years and never been offered a raise so minimum wage will be up to where im at soon your bosses don’t care

July 20, 2013 at 8:15 am
(462) Brittany says:

If minimum wage goes up to $10/hours, teachers better start getting paid $20 atleast. Right now, when I add up my hours and divide by yearly pay, I’m making around $10 an hour as a teacher in NC. That’s a disgrace! We need to do sonething about it. They wonder why our school system is failing.

July 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(463) Brian says:

There is an awful lot said about this subject, but it comes down to this: Most employers are going to pay you minimum or near minimum for entry level jobs, and that’s it. Most employers don’t care about your financial status and how much a cup of tea in china costs, but rather need a job done, and pay the minimum to get it done, so that everyone on top can have money falling out of their orifices. Look, if you are a small business owner/manager, and you can’t afford to pay your employees what they are worth, than do a better job at your job, so that you can. Plenty of small business owners pay their employees well more than mimimum because they know how to run a business, and they are doing things right, but there are alot of penny pinching owners, and bad managers that could give a crap less if their employees can get by or not. These are the ones that need to change, and won’t, unless they are forced to by the way of increasing mimimum wage. They will either have to step up, or quit, and give someone else room that can do it right. All you folks out there that talk all this crap about why it would be so bad to raise the minimum are not at minimum, and should mind your own business. You are a part of the problem, and I hope you get fired from your job, and have to start over at minimum wage somewhere. Maybe you would get it, maybe, if you haven’t lost it by then.

July 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm
(464) Josh says:

I agree, this is a slap in the face to everyone who is not rich. Even if it were $10 an hour, you cannot live off that. You can barely get by on that. After you factor in car payments, insurance payments, rent, utilities, food, and other day to day expenses, you don’t even have enough to cover it all. $9 an hour might have been alot when Obama was a kid, but now it takes AT LEAST $13 an hour to have an ok life, where you can actually manage to get by AND save some money too. I’ve had plenty of jobs too where the employer will pay you the least amount possible so they can make more money for their investors and then laugh at you when the employees say that they want more pay. That’s something that needs to end as well, don’t just say that the minimum wage is going to go up, something needs to be done about these greedy companies that refuse to pay people a wage that is comparable to the work they do. Until that happens, people will continue to not make enough to get by, the rich will get richer, and the rest of us will continue to not make enough to make a life.

July 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(465) Jen says:

No matter how much you want this or you don’t it’s no use complaining about it because it’s not up to us. it’s up to our government and political leaders. if you really wanna make a difference and have your opinion read and heard do what you’ve been told your whole lives- “write your congressmen” they don’t read blogs.
I’m a waitress in Texas where we make $2.13 an hour and because most Americans aren’t educated about working for minimum wage they all think we make $7.25+ like other hourly wage employees, but we don’t. We work strictly for tips and that $2.13 an hour is taxed based on reported tips. If we get a paycheck every two weeks it’s for $10.00 or less. So next time you go out to eat, if you can’t afford to tip your server for what they are worth and the great service they provided, then order to go or go thru the drive thru at your local taco or burger joint. Don’t insult us with your $2-3 for your $50-100 check. Just think it might be your son or daughter working for tips and you don’t want to see them being screwed over by people for services they provide so Americans can be lazy and not have to do anything for themselves.

July 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(466) Hannah says:

So will minimum wage go up in Arkansas for 2013. I am a single parent trying to get by and im needing to know these thing cause the cost of gas and living is outrages.

July 25, 2013 at 1:28 am
(467) t says:

Lets just make it $50 an hour it wont make any difference. Big business will just raise prices to compensate. We are only talking about increasing inflation and the socialist mentality. I work in a place where we have several higher than minimum wage positions available and nobody wants to put in the work to get them. The current generations of work force Americans are lazy bums who want every thing handed to them and think you should throw a party just because they got out of bed and graced you with their presence usually 5 minutes late

July 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
(468) Vanika Carter says:

Please raise minimum wage to$ 10.10 per hour the cost of living is high.

July 25, 2013 at 10:14 am
(469) Michelle says:

OK, I am all for a higher minimum wage, but…. if the minimum wage goes up, so will prices. It’s called inflation people. The only way to really make more money, is to get a higher paying more skilled type of job. The only way to do that is to work for it and put in effort. It is a vicious cycle and a highly competitive market out there. The American way of life is meant to be this way, though. If we all made the same amount of money for doing whatever we do it wouldn’t be what it was meant to be. Most people really aren’t understanding this. Just because all people are said to be created equal, it doesn’t mean that we all get equal shares of everything, even if we don’t work for it. It just means that we all start at the bottom. The real problem is when the ones “in charge” manipulate this and try to pull strings for their favorites and push people who work down to the bottom to be stepped on like peons, even though they work their a**es off to get somewhere.

July 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm
(470) Angela says:

The only opinion I have in the subject is what about the people who have worked for years just to make 16 an hr and now people with no education will only make 6 less an hr. if your going to raise it for cost of living than you should raise it for everyone . I would live to get an almost three dollar raise in over a two year span!!!!

July 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(471) Beth says:

The minimum wage will go up…. and our taxes will follow

July 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(472) Lori says:

For everyone saying get an education well I am a mother of 3 and 2 of those the are single parents with a college degree and still working for minimum wage using the degree. They dont ask the state or government to pick up what they can’t afford and they pay taxes every time they get their little pay. I see them struggle and yes I help them when I can but they ask for no ones money they pay their own bills daycare included. There are people out there that deserve the raise and for all you EDUCATED people putting single parents with kids or people with kids down you need to grow up and think of how hard these people work to pay rent daycare utilities and food for their families. Not everyone is living off the state or government if they have kids. My kids work hard and work 7 days a week including holidays 16 hours a day on weekends and still strugglebecause the wages are low. A wage increase would be nice but dont just slam people because they have kids or are single their are a lot of people out there that bust their butts to make ends meet so stop and think about what u say before youaccuse the nation of LIVING OFF OF YOUR YAX MONEY!!! Grow up not everyone is freeloaders! People young and old struggle. So really do you think going back for a second degree is a smart thing to do if u can’t afford to buy food? Just saying because a lot of you think its just that simple just go further in debt that solves everything!! No one is saying what they are now out of pocket for the degree well I know what it is that is budgeted into the struggle my kids have. Yes they pay for that themselves to. BY WORKING TWO JOBS. So yes minimum wage should go up

July 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm
(473) john says:

I made minimum wage for my first job when I was 16! But guess what as I got older I found better jobs that paid more… In the 8 years I’ve been working my pay went from $5.50 to now $16.55! Andddd that’s without a degree. After I get my bachelor’s degree I plan on making $30/hr to start. I think its crazy so many people want the minimum wage raised to $10/hr!? You really think burger flippers at Mc Donald’s deserve that much money? No one is forcing you to work at a job that’s paying minimum wage! Grow up and find a better paying job!

July 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(474) disenfranchised3rdgen says:

The government should do the right thing and the bill should pass.

July 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm
(475) People dont understand america says:

First of all minimum wage was never to support the average cost.In america you have the chance to climb.It was orginally design for teenagers and for part time jobs.Do you think anybody was lucky to become billionaires or millionaires? No(Except for the guys that won the lottery or lottery competition)Nowadays bachelor degree means nothing unless your coming from the ivy league or part of top 150 colleges.if your getting a bachelor degree from kings borough or any crappy college of course your not going anywhere in a tough econonmy. Now imagine if you got bachelor degree at a science major at MIT.Jobs offers will be flowing all over the place.Then you further invest into grad school(And you will receive the highest lvl of pay) Why should people be payed 15 bucks a hour at McDonald or serve coffee when your 30 years old?If you lack skills,why should they pay you more?Increasing minimum wage just cause a inflation.The government is only to be blamed is for bail outs and TAX rates.Not the amount of money you earn from job(That for you to earn)If you dont like capitalism get out of america and go live under a communist government.I also highely suggest for self employment(You earn way more and your financial security is for you to decide)The amount of ridiculous for fast food workers that want to increase the wage too 15 bucks in nyc..Pathetic

July 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(476) Lori Fowler says:

Server minimum wage in SC is still$2.13/hr..doesn’t even pay taxes on tips..most servers if they claim all their tips..never get paycheck and usually owe taxes at end of ye.ar. …..talk to me about that Mr Obama

July 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(477) Catherine Blair says:

d I might barely be good enough for a low skilled job.

My IQ is normal, I tested at 99. But I have the following limitations

1) Dysgraphia: This effect my ability to write so others can read it UNLESS I write things down very slowly. Even then I might make mistakes I have to cross out. This effects my success at any job that involves writing things down

2) Dyscalculia: This effects my ability to do math or even work with numbers. I even see a 3 and call it a 4! I could take an order and hear 3 and write down 4.

3) Visual and Audio Process Defects: How this effects me? Lets just say that in order to pass a class in school, I need all of the 2 hours out side of class for every one hour inside of class that they often recommend.

4) Fine and Gross Motor Coordination; What this prevented me from doing is becoming a long distance truck driver. I couldn’t work a stick shift. It also kept me out of other jobs..but the truck driving thing was the most devastating

5) ADHD: I can not concentrate usually I rock back in my chair. I can not be organized. It really sucks.

I am disabled. Even at low wage jobs I’d be lucky to find an understanding employer. due to some of the things I can’t help.

I write not for me…I write for all the people with undiagnosed learning disabilities out there in a world where people like to pretend it doesn’t exist…that everyone is the same. Everyone is not the same. Everyone can’t move up and it isn’t their fault.

July 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(478) Brian says:

For the record, I make $17 an hour with full, excellent benefits, and have a part itme job where I work for tips, and make about $30 an hour, and this is in a small town in the upper midwest. Servers that make $2.13 an hour are making ALOT more than min with tips, everyone knows about inflation and taxes, but would like more $ to be able to budget with, and (467)t, you are just out of touch.

July 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(479) Brian says:

Also, I forgot to mention, I am all for an increase in min wage, and yes, I know inflation will happen, but mainly on things that we don’t need, and yes, taxes will raise, and maybe we can take a bite out of our deficit. Wise people will be able to budget more on $10 an hour, rather than $7, and pay more towards our deficit in the form of taxes, decreasing our deficit, and making this a better country for our kids and our grand kids 10, 20, 30 years down the road. Everyone, and I don’t care how much you make, or who you are, or what you know, everyone who is against the minimum wage is only thinking of themselves, and no one else, and if this is you, YOU ARE SELFISH, and everyone knows someone who tries to do things right and struggles in this country, and probably knows quite a few people like this, if you don’t, then you have no business on this blog. Very few people that make min wage are lazy, bloodsucking grubworms looking for stand around jobs, and if they are, they should get fired.. Time for change, Thank you, Obama, for finally stepping up, Now, the Senate and the House are up to bat, and they are lookin’ good. …….it’s ’bout time. SELFISH people are haters that like to be hated. Be a lover, and wish good things for your friends and neighbors.

July 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(480) Ben says:

Ya it should be about 15 I thank back when minimum wage was 5.45 a hour gas was 1.19 a gallon and a full cart of grocerys was about $100 now minimum wage is 33 % higher than it was then and gas is over 300% higher and grocerys are about $300 for a full cart which is about 300% higher and everything else has went up with it what happened to the $1 menu at fast food places

August 1, 2013 at 6:23 am
(481) MSB says:

How much of an idiot do you have to be to think raising the minimum wage is a good idea? Answer; The kind that did not graduate high school or skipped math class ( or just a democrat ). The minimum wage is always going to be the minimum wage. Regardless if it is $ 1.00 an hour or $ 100.00 an hour it is still the minimum. Raising the minimum wage destroys buying power by devaluing the dollar. Example: Lets say minimum wage is $ 1.00 per hr. A worker enters the work force at an entry level job and after a short time gets a raise to $ 1.50 per hr. His percentage margin is 50% higher than the minimum wage. Now here comes the ” caring democrat ” that sells this idiot on the idea that he needs a pay raise. So they raise the minimum wage to $ 2.00 per hr. The worker thinks he got a $ 0.50 per hr. raise. WRONG! he now makes MINIMUM WAGE AGAIN and instead of being 100% above the minimum wage he is back to ZERO! Any one who thinks that using the minimum wage to get a raise deserves to make minimum wage and will never have anything to show for their work. The answer to the minimum wage problem is very simple. Reduce the minimum wage to $ 1.00 per hr. This would establish a base line nation wide. Everything after that is a matter between the employer and the worker ( which its always ends up being anyway ).

August 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(482) Alex R. says:

According to the government, inflation has remained low for over a decade. All of this complaining about gas prices and food is foolish. Overall prices of goods and services have dropped enough to more than offset a few other items.

Thank God for China or else we’d be paying $1000 for an i-phone or Playstation. Walk into Walmart and you will see prices at their lowest in 20 years. People can get more for less, daily.

What we really need is more illegal aliens (granted amnesty or dream status) coming into the US to fill these fast food jobs and all of the others that people say pay too little. That’s was the whole point of migrant labor and should be the point for low skill jobs…like fast food, basic manufacturing, etc. This way we don’t kill the entire economy with sky high inflation. These workers will keep costs low and product prices low too.

The US has done a fantastic job getting rid of low skill manufacturing and moving towards a high skill, high education based economy. This didn’t happen overnight but there are still people who ignored their eduction in high school, made horrible life choices and now find themselves with very few options. Science and technology have been promoted for over 30 years yet math, science and language skills are worse…..even with an all time high level of education spending.

A low skill, low wage job is now their reality and no amount of minimum wage adjsutment will change their life.

August 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm
(483) Dawn says:

I would love to see the people making the decision live on minimum wage for a month.

August 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(484) carol kobus says:

guess I,m the oldest writer, yes,yes, up those mw. my first was 35 cents an hour,remember when it went to 1.25, I was a checkout supervisor at k-mart, and we were angry over new hires, getting as much as us older clerks were, the co settled that by giving us a small raise.then let me tell you this cutting hours arn,t just thought of. I worked for Sears 4 times in my life, some times over 40 hrs, but was never put on full time. yes I,ve bettered my self through education,got a certified diatery certified certificate, allowing me to supervise food service in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. pay as much as an L.P.N.,over 15.00. that was until new administraters came in, and all of us older, higher paid emp. got fired , laid off , let go. now I work as a clerk at a truckstop. part time for 7,25 . was there when last min. raise went into effect so last raise I got. just barely enough emp. no one gets days off, or vacations, oh we get a ham for xmas. whit I,m trying to relay, the last 55 years, work and pays have been interesting. check out history, my mom and dad, was in the great depression. you should hear of no jobs and low pay then.history has a way of repeating it self. we can learn by experience. but remember others have been through trying times. again I urge whomever to raise the min wage, let the upper class they think come down a bit. thanks carol k

August 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(485) Brian says:

I am done with this blog. It is filled with too many people that think are more important and better than all those “idiots” that dropped out of high school and tried to get bad grades, made bad choices in life, and don’t deserve anything, ever, right? Oh, gee, let’s make minimum wage $1, and hire all these undeserving illegal aliens to come and take all of our lower paying jobs. While we are at it, guys lets just burn our houses down, and hire a bunch of monkees to rebuild, while we go around town picking up pennies to pay them with. I’ll say it again, so all you that think you are better can put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Some people have had tragic things happen – health conditions, mental conditions, family issues, personal issues, etc. Some people don’t have the mind or the money to attain a PHD. Be glad this isn’t you, and hope that this is not in your future, because the world is filled with people that want to throw you away, and leave you in the dust. Shame on all of you that think you are better. You don’t have the right to judge other people in that manner. People that think they are better because of how much money that have are the most ignorant people of all. I’ll say it again, everyone deserves a fighting chance. I hope all of you snobs have to resort to minimum wage one day, and get what’s coming to you!

August 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(486) Money says:

(32) Andrew says:

As a High school Freshman you should just stay shut, you have no business or experience to opinion in what helps or not this country or the world, go get some experience yourself , try to raise a family and then come to tell what you think.

August 2, 2013 at 11:44 am
(487) Money says:

To all of you that says if you want better pay you should get better education, let’s just think this way. It’s not realistic everyone with good education like Dr, Eng. etc etc… if everyone get a ” degree” who’s going to pick up your garbage? who’s going to plant your food? who’s going to serve you in a restaurant? who’s going to sell you clothes or make you clothes? Do you like MC Donald’s? well it’s going to be like in Brasil and other countries where MC D’s are just like any other restaurant, actually is considered ” fancy” for the price they charge.Or you think bc you have a ” degree” you’re going to get better paid at Mc d’s? You know where this is going, the list goes on and on. In a capitalist society , like the one we live in, for one to be rich someone needs to be poor, there’s no way everyone it’s going to make a lots of money and have the best jobs, someone at the bottoms need to support these people. So you big shot making big money because you studied your ass off, just be glad, because to be successful it’s not all it takes, you still need ” uneducated and unskilled people”.

August 2, 2013 at 11:45 am
(488) Money says:

And you business owners, the reason you opened a business it’s not to give people jobs, it’s to make money, lots of it, it’s because you are ambitious, nothing wrong with that, just don’t go around trying to sell an image of good Samaritan bc you have 3 to 7 people working for you. Your ambition is you motivation, same goes for low skilled workers, they need motivation, bc if they work fast and efficient they make the same money and if they’re slow they still make the same money, but for you the boss you want someone that can do 3 transactions per minute in the 7/11 store, the more the better, that person can probably handle the job of two, and still make the same. Then why not share profits, give bonuses for the efficient workers?people need motivation to go on, not just the need for the job. When someone works in a job because they have to, because they don’t have any other choice,more often than not they will be unproductive and unhappy.

August 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm
(489) ladyx says:

What’s wrong with you people, a wage increase is not going to increase anything that is not already increasing, it is just going to help people afford to buy them. just think if everything keep increasing except wages, then no one is going to spend money on anything except light, gas and electricity. then what happens to the small businesses, fast food chain, and other business if no one goes in them to shop because they cant afford to, that is what makes them close because they are not getting the business. if they don’t take in money they cant afford to buy their supplies to run a business.

August 3, 2013 at 12:15 am
(490) jrh says:

To all of you who complain about how much costs will rise if minimum wage goes up, think about this:

Our government is broke because they aren’t collecting enough taxes. Increasing minimum wage allows three things: 1) higher wages means the government collects more money, 2) less people will be on welfare because the minimum wage will actually be higher than poverty level, and 3)the number of people who can claim tax credits, allowing them to get back more money back than they actually paid, will save the government money as well.

When the government collects more in taxes and decreases welfare payments, they may be able to give businesses a tax break (we have one of the highest corporate taxes in the world) which may allow businesses to maintain prices on their goods.

Raising minimum wage would increase the standard of living for everyone and it’s likely that crime would decrease since people may not feel as hopeless with nothing to lose if they get caught stealing.

What’s sad to me is that businesses must be told to increase their wage high scale enough to give their workers a chance to actually stand on their own two feet. Keep in mind that executive compensation has increased over 400% since 2009 while other wages have decreased or remained stagnant.

August 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(491) paul says:

I can tell by reading all these comments what bad shape our country is in. We have become lazy and think we should earn enough money by doing as little work as possible. People who earn minimum wage are supposed to be teenagers and people looking to earn extra money. If you are any good at what you do you will move up and make more money. This country should be ashamed of itself !! If you are 27 and making minimum wage then it’s most likely (I know not always ) you have made poor decisions in your life.So please explain why people should have to pay you such a high wage because you made poor decisions. What a joke !

August 7, 2013 at 9:23 am
(492) willa says:

What kills me, is that, as a parent I need a sitter to go to work. They keep increasing minimum wage, but our wages at work don’t increase ( and I work for the state!) If we keep increasing minimum wage, I can’t afford a sitter. Seriously, can we make the raise a universal thing??? Inflation effects everyone, not just the minimum wage bracket!

August 7, 2013 at 10:34 am
(493) Ben says:

First off, Frank, I don’t have any kids and I find it rather hard to make ends meet on minimum wage. The real problem is greed. You are right that the increase in wages will be passed on to the consumers, because the people at the top can not bear the thought of taking a few dollars out of their run away salaries.

August 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm
(494) tasha says:

I want to know why Mississippi have not gotten a pay raise because we are at 7.25 an hour and we are one of the poorest state how do we suppose to support our family know matter what they come up with to help the USA Mississippi it seems like we always get left out they don’t look at our small lit town Holly Springs Mississippi we need help bad but here is our help it’s sad that we have to leave like this we voted for the president to but what good have it done us in Mississippi

August 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm
(495) ouinner says:

When workers make more money, they spend more money. This makes our economy sustainable. Just because you are a business owner does not mean you should have one. If you cannot make enough money to pay a reasonable wage and maintain a decent profit for yourself, (I don’t mean become a millionaire), you should not have a business because it is not sustainable. The whole idea of engaging in business is to make enough money to pay for the cost of running it (paying employees) and having money for yourself. If you cannot do this, you don’t have a real business. Human decency should not be sacrificed for you to have your little “hobby” business.

August 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(496) Dennis says:

Its about time, i’ve been saying this for a few years now and I’m excited at what i’m reading. But its a little late on the increase, didnt really keep up with the cost of living by no means. I hope this increase in the wages don’t cause the cost of living to rise, if so then its an up hill battle thats never won.

August 13, 2013 at 9:43 am
(497) Terry says:

I am a struggling small business owner that just opened 23 months ago. I’ve got the most wonderful, loyal employees in the world and wish that I could pay them top dollar. However, like every small business just starting out, I’m not yet covering expenses, much less making a profit. We’re getting there! But we’re not there yet; and it hurts that I cannot even afford to give my employees a raise. Instead, I strive to give them the best work environment possible, working their hours around their college schedules, bringing in food, recognizing superior performance, always acknowledging a job well done, etc. My two major expenses are rent and payroll; and the only one that I have even a slight control over is payroll. Folks need to realize that for every dollar the minimum wage goes up, an employer’s payroll increases approximately $1.25+ to cover FICA, Medicare, Worker’s Compensation, benefits, etc. Multiply that out by the number of hours on my weekly payroll, and for this small business, that could mean the difference between keeping my doors open, or not. My only recourse would be to increase the price of my products, possibly losing customers, or reduce the number of hours my employees work and working the hours myself. My employees need their jobs and it would be a tremendous loss to my business and a very real personal loss to lose any one of them. Our legislators need to look very carefully at this new legislation and weigh in all the factors. While increasing the minimum wage seems to be a terrific idea on the surface, we need to consider the entire equation, including the impact on businesses of all sizes, inflation, etc. What seems to be great idea on the surface may need a little “tweeking,” to ensure that we don’t hurt the economy at a very critical, fragile time.

August 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(498) Andrew says:

I work for Wal-Mart making $8.15 hr. Our store is always cutting hrs. You work 15mins. over, then you can expect your manger to come back and tell you to cut 15 by taking a longer lunch, at the end of the day, or come in later. The other day during a store meeting the stores Co-manager talked about our annual profits…she said the store paid out 7million in wages to emplyees, and after all the stores employee wages, stocking, bills, etc. The store still profited 37million….in return I asked why the hour cuts and why are we paid so poorly…she quickly said any other questions then preceded to run every one out of the room and tells me next time I act out against the store I will be terminated. So I shut my mouth knowing the store could drop prices by 25% then pay us double and still profit millions…….example: gallon of white semi gloss paint cost Wal-Mart $2.13 they then sell that paint for $18.63….just saying!

August 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(499) Anthony says:

Increasing the min wage is stupid idea. I guess more jobs will ship out of country. And more part time job instead of full time jobs will be implemented. And the affordable Health Law will make things worst. Employees and Employers will have to pay for Health Insurance required by Fe dial Law. All this will happen by Jan 2014. People will be making less then 7.00 dollars in hours once you figure Health Insurance. American at the min wage jobs will be making less in 2014, then they are now! Min wage people need a education.

August 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm
(500) Raydequan says:

This is exactly what will happen if minimum goes up to 10 dollars. Everything will go up in price, because companies will have to replace the money that they now have to pay its employees. I have a full time job making 8 an hour, going to school at the same time, and making ends meet. AND I’m a convicted felon and a African American male, if race DID have something to do with it. But I don’t own a T.V., Xbox, Ipad or all the other newest gadgets. I have a cell and computer and it meets my needs. People just need to get their priorities strait.

Oh and I’m getting the vibe that some people think that everyone should get the same pay no matter your skill level or work ethic. That sounds kinda like communism… Just move to Cuba and see how you like it.

Rant over (:

August 15, 2013 at 3:44 am
(501) timothy says:

Hey frank get over urslef… not everyone can own a bussiness or u wouldn’t have any workers… also u only did 120+ hrs for 4 years… where as a lot of people do it there whole life just to give there children the life they never had… I’ve been both places and I still bust my tail feathers every day to be the best boss the best worker and the best parent anyone could ask for… go slumming for a while before u open ur mouth

August 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm
(502) Angel says:

Well I’m 25 and i have children and i work hard and take care of my kids i think that it’s pitiful for people to say that min.wage shouldn’t be raised because of people just want hand outs. Not everyone that have children sit on there asses ( excuse my language) and collect ” tax payers” money for welfare some of us work just as hard and get no recognition for it. We can’t all go off to college like we want because we can’t afford to. I haven’t made min.wage since i was in high school but i do feel like it would be nice because even with making 9.00 an hour its hard you literally have to live paycheck to paycheck. Everyone was not fortunate to have a wealthy set up growing up, but it’s unfair to call the workers that are needed and used to make some of you” big time”lazy and less ambitious because some just don’t have the opportunity but can work just as hard if not harder because some do

August 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(503) Nathan Vrooman says:

Here’s an idea, change the tax system rather than increase minimum wage. If you fall in the top 1% higher income you pay a higher %. Middle class would pay lower than the higher class but still more than the lower class. Finally you would have the lower and poor income pay the least amount of taxes. A 3% higher tax on someone who makes a 10 figure income would more than make up the difference to several low income people who got a 3% cut. You’d have lower income people with more money in their pockets and higher income to fill in the gap. It’ll never happen but whatever.

August 17, 2013 at 10:50 am
(504) Rose says:

I think that minimum wage needs to be raised. My husband and I both work. I work full time and make 9/hr he works just six hours short of 40 hours at 7.25/hr. we pay 600/month rent plus bills electricity water gas insurance add that to things like gas to get back and forth needed household items food and you aren’t left with much of anything. Even the price of one gallon of milk or a jar of peanut butter has went up WITHOUT the wage rising.

August 19, 2013 at 9:54 am
(505) stewart says:

If houses and cars and food are going up I think it should be more like $20 an hour.

August 19, 2013 at 10:55 am
(506) Alex says:

If the super rich companies that are evading paying taxes like the oil and gas companies or even Apple who set up off shore accounts pay more taxes then hopefully the Gov. will tax the little people less and that in turn will help. This notion that the super rich do not want to share their wealth is ludicrous. they are always asking for special treatment since they are rich. If the tables where turned I am sure they would ask for the same thing the general public is asking for. The wages should be in line with inflation.

August 20, 2013 at 1:04 am
(507) Abe says:

Hiram and others…..when it comes to the skyrocketing you mention, tell Obama. $10 will make a difference how? These jobs are NOT supposed to anything but temporary. ie on your way to something more substantial. Don’t be fooled…miminum waged worked until??…..Jan 2009. Everything has gone downhill since. A burger is the same burger whether it’s made by a $7 hr worker or a $15 per hour worker.

What you’re talking about is the old theme of stealing from the owner and giving it to the worker. No thanks. Handouts is what got the country in this mess……and you can thank the present president the community organizer.

August 20, 2013 at 7:55 am
(508) Mike B says:

We are in the era of high profits. Those who own the stock want that paycheck and a pretty retirement. I remember I watched a report on tv of a business that reported 6billion in profits for their first quarter, they had 4000 employees and only a few at the top were in control. I remember thinking…they could pay each employee another $100,000 per year at a cost of $400 million (only). But does it happen? No! And it never will because when people are given the chance at greed they take it. It will take a miracle to get the minimum wage to the level of a “living wage” where we all can participate in our free society. I’m not talking about these pitiful $9 or $10 per hour levels-I mean a real wage oriented to everyone’s needs. And even this communication is likely water under the bridge. Come on Payroll Dept. , how about that increase without the government stepping in and making yet another law.

August 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm
(509) Business_Owner says:

Almost everyone here believes that minimum wages should be increased but if you think about it, it’s a recipe for disaster. My parents and I own a small business which, of course because its a SMALL business, receives ZERO benefits from the government but with the rising minimum wages and slumping economy we can’t hire more people and in some instances have to let go of workers. If minimum wages keep increasing only BIG businesses will survive and they will be the only ones creating jobs, which means laying off of more people along with closing of small businesses. If people think 2009 was bad, an increase in minimum wages will compel small businesses to either lay off everyone or shut down. I agree with what some people said that if everyone gets $10 mw then that does not give any room to employers for raises and to appreciate good workers because not everyone has a good work ethic or actually works. Employees who are good workers should get incentive for their extra efforts.

August 21, 2013 at 8:07 am
(510) Jorgen says:

There is a saying in Denmark, “the tallest tree is cut down”. When one tree is tall, it takes from the others and stunts their growth. This is the reality in economics. Good foresters manage their flora, they trim where needed and fertilize where needed. Likewise, good government and good economists do the same. American businessmen often say, if we do this too fast, it will cause inflation. But, as the case is, if you do it too slow or not at all, it will cause recession, inequality and economic instability. America is not the great nation it once was. It is no longer progressive and needs to catch up with the rest of the world to maintain its lead. A proper developed nation takes care of its poor and does not have the gaping disparities that exist in America. America is going the way of the underdeveloped world.

August 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(511) terri says:

Frank is a ### obviously you do not know or care what it’s like to struggle to pay your bills and keep food on the table and try to keep gas in the car to get to work not to mention clothing your family and forget college cause there is no extra money. Frank not all of us are fortunate enough to be Able to go to college and some of us are just not smart enough either and not from lack of trying we struggle to get through school trying to figure out simple math let alone algebra what some of us wouldn’t give to be smarter its not laziness we just need help that isn’t there for us maybe we just don’t have the smarts to get through college whatever it’s not because of lack of ambition most of us would like to succeed we just don’t know how what would the wealthier people do without garbage collectors, and all the other low wage people we can’t all be business owners and Drs engineers etc have some compassion we cannot live on the minimum wage we are getting now it’s hard look at the cost of rent then add utilities now add gas to get to work add on groceries clothing schooling medical visits dental etc etc doesn’t cut it does it the cost of living just keep going up every year and our wages should reflect that increase!

August 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm
(512) badwolf8745 says:

I am on Social Security so I feel each and every pinch the government decides to give everybody, that does not include minimum wage because we all know that’s a joke, Obama decides we don’t need a raise. We get less than $10,000 a year to live on. In Massachusetts a lot of immigrants like living here because, I was told by a woman from Puerto Rico, you get money for nothing. I was so disgusted with that. I think that more should be done to police these agencies who give things away just because they come from another country.
Back in the ’80′s when they had that minor blip on the stock market and a lot of people go crazy. These people also decided to fire a few people. Well, those businesses didn’t hire people back, they just added more work on the people who were still working. Living in America, ain’t life fun

August 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(513) Robby says:

If you look at past history every year that the minumum wage has increased the cost of goods sold has increased along with it. The average business man isnt stupid. He knows what it takes to turn a profit in his small or large business. If the rate is increased the business man is going to increase his prices to accomodate to ensure that he keeps the profit margins as expected. Furthermore you will most likely see a cut in staff for companies such as restaurants and retail who employ minumum wage employees which will result in unemployment going up. We all know what that means. As unemployment rises our economy will continue to struggle to stay afloat. We need to wake up and realize that giving the handouts is not a solution but a bandaid over a gaping wound. If you really want to fix a problem why not bring back big industry that was outsourced over seas and maybe start manufacturing mores goods rather than buying them from everyone else. It creates jobs therefore boosting the economy instantly. I for one any tired of hearing about people who make 6 figures making decisions about everyone else’s livelihood when they arent the one that have to live with it.

August 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(514) Stephanie says:

If companies did the right thing, nobody would have to step in and force higher pay. I worked customer service, sales support and graphic design for a printing company for 14 yrs. During that 14 yrs I received less then $2 in raises, bringing my hourly rate to $10/hr. That’s $10/hr for 14 years of service! Without a college degree I needed the experience, which is why I stuck it out so long. Some companies are so greedy that they will only do whats required by law. Although my husband is my main support, I work hard, NEVER call off, and give 110% . Why shouldn’t my pay reflect that? Its unfortunate that the gov. has to require higher pay instead of companies paying people what they are worth, all on their own.

August 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm
(515) brian says:

we have tried it there way for many decades. and it does not work, everyone is underpaid, it should be @ least $15.00 an hour. start asking questions. ask yourself this simple equation. I know for a fact that back in the early 80′s average plant workers made $40,000.00 a year. it is now 30 years later and a lot of people don’t even make that. so if everything has gone up 4 & 5 times the amount i.e. gas, insurance, milk, even your cable bill, back in 1985 my cable bill was $6.00 a month and I got plenty of channels (like 77 or so) now everyones cable bill is @ least $100.00 + a month. look @ the huge profit margins they are making. why hasn’t the employees pay gone up???? start putting the pressure back on the employer. there is no reason for some cfo, ceo, branch manager, regional manager etc… to have 7000sq ft+ homes, vacation homes, ski resort homes, summer cottages, 3&4 cars. this is what happens when greed takes over.. and that is why we are in the mess we are in, its never enough.

August 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm
(516) Guy says:

Minimum wages are minimum for a reason…it’s a STARTING wage. Work your way up to a higher wage and eventually get on salary. Factory jobs pay more because they involve more risk and responsibility. So get over this idea of an entree level position which will allow you support a family of 5. This is the land of opportunity where you can lift yourself out of poverty, get a degree or skill trade by taking out debit in school loans or get on with a union job where seniority ensures you retro wage increases. Do you think there will still be a $1 menu if employees all get paid at least 15 an hour? And on the subject of top executives being paid millions, take those millions and redistribute it. Each Mcdonald’s employee (1.7 million) would get paid a miniscule amount, fractions of fractions of a penny. If there is anyone to blame it’s SHARE HOLDERS. A ceo can still get fired and its by the votes of those share holders. In fact, it is deemed by law that corporations maximize profits for share holders. I can’t speak to what things used to cost or the wage increases over a generation, but assuming you stick out a job for a decade and get nothing much in return, you have my sympathies. But you are an idiot for not having the foresight to get a job with upward mobility. This generation wants to move out immediately at 18 and take on the full financial responsibilities of an adult, also fools. Then they have to decide if they will spend their money on booze or a new expensive cell phone. Fast forward 20 years, and this same dip hasn’t saved any money, which could have been used as an investment in stocks, bonds, or an education. We are a nation that hates to compromise over what we need vs what we want.

August 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm
(517) Otherguy says:


Not that outrageous of an increase when you look at the current level. The idea of trade school is brilliant, becoming a plumber does not require higher courses that would certainly make me cry. I heard UPS drivers make 70,000 and they just have to wait 5ish years at their job before their number gets called. WOW!!

August 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm
(518) Otherotherguy says:

People having kids at 25 want to complain about not having the same starting opportunities? I get the idea of not coming from a family of wealth, but to poorly plan parenthood and try to absolve oneself of ownership is…probably one of the worst arguments I’ve seen. Unless you are a rape victim (which i am not using as a joke) then I can’t understand why you should expect sympathy from anyone, crying over how life is tough. Should have remained celibate, furthering your position in life before bring another life into the world. Didn’t you learn anything from sex education or were you cutting class that day to make a baby?

August 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(519) Kathy says:

I am shocked that no one has commented about how our hard-earned minimum wages go to support our do-nothing congress and politicians, who give themselves a raise every year, are presently on a 5-week, paid vacation. Who we will support for the rest of our tax-paying lives, while they retire on rich pensions…playing golf and cruising to exotic locales in their yachts. They have their own special medical program, their own multi-million dollar gym that they pay only $20/month for, paid for by taxpayers. They do nothing but squabble and waste time…I can think of nothing that they’ve done for the American people in the last 20 or 30 years. They’ve taken us to war…which has been paid for by our taxes. If they were ALL removed from office, I don’t think we’d be any worse off.

So…we do need an increase in the minimum wage. Everything has been going up in price faster and faster and yet we expect people to survive on slave labor wages. It’s ridiculous. Everyone who wonders why people are on food stamps and getting help with medical, etc. needs to give themselves $7 or $8/hr. and see how well they make out. Lets get all the greedy, do-nothings in Washington out of office and we can save a bundle!

August 31, 2013 at 5:16 am
(520) Nate says:

Whoa, see a lot of individuals using the term “under educated” in their posts. I work in retail as a night supervisor and make $9.33 an hour; I work hard for every penny I get. Even at a nearly full time position it isn’t enough and I consider myself to be well educated. Please, I would love to see some of you do what we “under educated” individuals do. When was the last time you supervised a crew while attempting to throw freight and keep customers happy?

September 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm
(521) bill says:

If you want $10, $15, $20 or however much you want an hour- get the skills that will induce me to trade my money for it – forcing me to pay more for something then it is worth will just make me not spend the money – hence not hire, not create that job —
two types of liberals
the duped and the dupers.

September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(522) easy counting solutions says:

Really great blog – although I do not know English well is a subject interests me.
In Poland we do not have such a well-developed blogs – Sorry for the mistakes, but
I have a bad English

September 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(523) The Realest says:

I dont think minimum wage raises will hurt taxpayers. They say that it will make business owners raise prices on everything. I ask why would they raise prices. It seems as if in America the real problem is putting money money money over employee valuation. These unregulated business owners will raise prices so they can get their money (profits) but treat the people who make their business run (employees) less than fair. I couldn’t be a business owner knowing my employee came and gave his all and only made the minimum, not even the standard cost to live, while I racked up on bonuses, credits, and extra pay ( and probably sat in front of a screen, feet up all day doing nothing).

September 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(524) The Realest says:

Oh and the idea that business hire the skilled workers is bs. Most business owners hire by way of popularity but they will never tell the truth about it. You see it everyday: the beautiful but dumb chick who gets the job because the manager needs some eye candy. Some qualified person will be out of a job because of this while consumers are stuck arguing with this girl about why their purchase doesn’t work. She doesn’t know but she sure is fine!!! How about the manager who hires his less than knowledgeable friend while someone with the skills gets overlooked because he is not “in the circle”. McDonald’s for instance I guarantee the line employees know more about running the business than any manager any day because they are in the field seeing what has happened everyday with inventory, production, etc. Nowadays managers seem to have no real value in the business and I think getting rid of these unecessary managers which take up most of the labor cost will help businesses a lot. If you are a manager and you don’t lift a finger at your job you need to reevaluate yourself.

September 5, 2013 at 12:44 am
(525) Leslie says:

The problem with this is that if you are a commission employee with a base pay of $6.50 an hour the commissions will not cover the difference in pay if the rate is raised to $10.00 or more. It will mean that all commission base employees in a lot of cases (like retail sells of jewelry, electronics, tools and large appliances) will basely be working for the company for free. It seems like the government should make the companies that have commission employees with a base pay per hour to raise the rate of the base pay to cover the difference.

September 6, 2013 at 10:30 am
(526) amy says:

Yes min. wage should be raised but does that mean that everyone else making above that would get an equivalent raise?

September 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm
(527) Andy says:

Here is the problem with the argument that the minimum wage should never be raised and people should simply go back to school and increase their skills-

The problem with this argument is that employers want the highest skilled labor for the LOWEST WAGES they can get. That means that even if you are an engineer why pay you $100,000.00 per year, even if that’s what your field and skillset requires, when they can send over to India or the Phillipines for an engineer with the exact same skillset and bring them over here on a work visa and pay them a fraction of what they would have to pay an American engineer.

It’s not about skillset now. It’s about GREED. The folks at the top at raw, hardcore capitalists and they simply want to pay the lowest amount possible. It’s why they are now doing so much outsourcing.

Heck, if these hospitals could get doctors from overseas at half the pay they would as well.

No one wants to pay a decent wage anymore and they don’t want to offer insurance.

I live in Dallas, TX. I am college educated and never had a problem finding a job with benefits and a decent wage until after the recession. Suddenly those jobs are impossible almost to find. Companies used the recession to change all of their previously good paying jobs into terrible paying jobs. The huffington post has a excellent article about this.

Even companies that are making record profit are dropping insurance and benefits and moving to a temporary or parttime work force.

September 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm
(528) Andy says:

I worked as a contractor for AT&T through a company called Pinnacle Technical Resources. AT&T was paying its it support people $26 dollars an hour and apparently they didn’t like this and hired pinnacle to outsource the job. Pinnacle started paying people $17 an hour, that is, until AT&T gave them permission to do all the hiring for the Uverse tech agents. Then pinnacle started firing all the folks making $17 an hour and hiring people making $11 an hour to do the same job. They put the folks through a rushed training.

So as you can see the pay dropped by more than half in under one year.

All the while AT&T and pinnacle technical resources were making RECORD PROFIT.

It’s not about skills. It’s all about GREED.

I worked at another company in fort wort called GENCOX which had a contract with some of the biggest cell phone carriers out there such as Samsung, apple iphone, and they are only using temps. They are not hiring permenent from what I could see.

The people hired on through temps are told they no longer have the option to apply directly at the company now and that they will forever be temporary agents unless the temp company ‘suggests’ them for hire.

So the company ‘in an effort to avoid black people’ no doubt has changed the rules if getting hired on permanent and they will most likely forever have a group of temp employees.

Again its GREED in my opinion.

September 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(529) chahal says:

my question is why not? here is easy calculation, u working 40hrs full time, after breaks 36hrs, weekly u made $ 320.60. mean monthly is $ 1282.40. after taxes remain $ 1020.00. then your expenses, monthly rent 1bedroom $ 850.00, electricity $ 100.00, phone bill $ 60.00, cable $50.00, water garbage $ 50.00, car insurance $ 100.00, car gas $ 200.00, mean your lowest expense is $ 1410.00 without your food, cloths n shoes. and you are married and have kids then what man…….? think about public who work as a labor.

September 11, 2013 at 9:20 am
(530) Jennifer says:

The minimum wage was started to help UNSKILLED workers (IE: Kids working at McDonald, or a retail shop)
If you have skills, you shouldn’t be working at a fast food joint, but because of the economy, we now have 30 yr olds working at these places and your average 16-19 yr olds cant get a job because of this. This does not mean the minumum wage should be adjusted – it means the economy needs to improve.
Bottom line: minimum wage is NOT given for jobs where an education or higher levels of experience is needed.

September 12, 2013 at 8:34 am
(531) Ashton says:

Everyone’s complaining that minimum wage isn’t enough well here’s a thought get an education so you can make more! I know crazy right?! I’m in college now and I know it’s hard to get through and I know it’s costly but there’s so many government programs to help you pay for it and I stead of complaining of not making enough money how about you go to college and then you will make more than minimum wage

September 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm
(532) Andrew says:

Here’s an idea…..Don’t raise minimum wage, instead lower the cost of living. Great idea right? :-)

September 13, 2013 at 11:11 am
(533) Caleb Anderson says:

Such a sharp increase in minimum wage would cause the unemployment statistics to rise because business owners would not be able to afford to keep all of their workers which means it should not be raised so during this economic turmoil America is facing.

September 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm
(534) Chris Kevin says:

Most of the comments I read here was very interesting, educational, and realistic. Frank my man we have a serious problem with the way you view economical success. I think it was Deedee who first exposed the greedy, selfish, and self-centered as well the “bigoted” remark from Frank. An intelligent woman here who has knowledge on business management spoke about how realistic business works. I’ve taken a “Business Management”, and “Personal Finance” course in high school and increase the minimum wage is a good thing as long as the cost of living, the utilities, and other important things are not affected. Frank you sound like a New York City “Wall Street” person with a huge ego problem, a serious greed for money itself, and a uncaring heart towards the middle-class and the poor. The Bible tells us Frank “That the love of money, is the root of all evil. The more you love money, yourself, and your business more than helping others? The more selfish, close-minded, and egotistical you become.

God cannot bless anyone who’s hands are closed not giving to receive his blessings in return. Satan’s biggest trick was convincing us that you could do whatever you wanted, and did not have to suffer consequences. Jesus Christ said, “Satan was a murderer and liar, from the beginning. He does not care where you sins take you as long as you are foolish enough to practice them and suffer the cost in Hell. Be smart Frank and some of you others that are led astray by the lusts, and temptations of this evil worldly life. Your heavenly rewards could be lost by being selfish, greedy, covetous, envious, jealous, and proud. Woe!!!! to you.

September 15, 2013 at 4:56 am
(535) strong believr says:

If some of you evaluate what is already going on, you will understand that things are already high in prices. To think for a second that by minimum wage increasing, it should help the ones who are already making minimum wages. versus it hurting the poor, stop being so lost to the facts. If it wasn’t for the government no one will be able to live comfortably period. I mean I totally agree with the getting a education thing because who in this world does not want a degree. My fiancé has a issue with his background and that was no excuse as to him obtaining employment. In fact he obtained two jobs one making 9per hour and the other 9.78. I mean life is what you make of it. I understand if you have to work for the minimum, but on the brighter side, with a education some people could be making more. I have seen better and I want better for my family. I really don’t know about you all, but in this world people do not owe us anything, be lucky for a business or whether large are small to offer employment. As for Mcdonald’s, yes they should pay 10 bucks an hour because the employee’s run the business and to think how many burger one could fix in 8hrs is devastating to one’s thoughts. I think we all should appreciate the changes, whether they be for the better or worst because without change, how could we as people change?

September 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(536) Kevin says:

Hiram that is a stupid statement those people worked minimum wage jobs to help them get through school or a trade. Minimum wage should raise with inflation, but making it a crutch for lazy people to not try to do better in life is wrong. If people worried about themselves and stopped hating people who did the work to make money, maybe they could help themselves instead of playing the victim all the time.

September 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(537) Kevin says:

What about small companies that can’t afford to pay their workers these wages, the only thing being brought up is large companies. How are they supposed to stay in business when they don’t have the funds to pay their employees. You talk about making a profit for the large companies. Isn’t that the point? Think of the difference in price the AT&T example especially that $10 extra an hour per employee per hour would be millions of dollar a year with how many employees they have. Would you throw that kind of money away?

September 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(538) Grant says:

Darlene wouldn’t be making 7.25 an hour if she was keeping everything running smoothly while the owner is on vacation, laying on the beach somewhere. I’m a business owner and I have never heard of any manager getting paid 7.25 an hour. Get real Darlene. If you’re making 7.25 an hour, you’re an entry level worker without education or without any specialized skill. Business owner don’t become successful over-nite. Business owners ALWAYS work 80 hours per week at the start-up of their business. They use their life savings and borrows from family and friends sometimes to gamble on the business. There are no guarantee success on any business. Business owners alot of times lose everything they have if the business is not successful. So for ALL the people out there that complaint about not getting paid enough, then start your own business. After that we can talk. Otherwise SHUT-UP about not getting paid enough. You are all like the legislature in California. A bunch of good for NOTHING IDIOTS!!!

September 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(539) Josh says:

I work a low-paying retail job in California and was hired at $8.00 when minimum wage was $7.50. Over the last 7 years, I’ve worked hard to earn raises and a higher pay grade. I now make just over $10. Now California looks like they’ll be raising minimum wage to $10 in a few months. This means that a brand new employee who starts in January will just be handed the same wages as I have worked for years to earn my way up to. Someone who starts in the same specialized department as me might actually make more than me.

September 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(540) Leigh says:

I think its amusing that we have not had raises in yrs and yrs but the ceo of the company I work for was able to buy a 11 million dollar vacation home. uhh must be nice because we can’t even afford a vacation. Wish some of these ceo’s and owners of corporations had to try and live on 7.25 an hr.

September 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm
(541) Tank says:

If not for employes who assemble/build/repair/cook/clean ect. There would be no product to market.the back-bone of ALL industry is the “workers”. If a company has to cut down spending on advertising or a few CEOs make a few less millions, to give their employes fair wages, then so be it. I for one could deal with a few less McDonald’s commercials. And what about “management” ? Management hired from outside the company?
“Upper management” what a joke? There is SOOO much fat to trim in medium to large business.
The market sets prices. Period. If the guy cooking the frys makes a fair living, you will still get a “dollar menue”.
I am a construction worker/contractor. I know a lot of small business owners and the ones who “can’t afford to pay $10/hr deserve to fail.
Look up minimum “cost” of living, that is where minimum wage should be. Obliviously.
Unimployment is high if your employer can give your job to someone else for less money, they probably will.
Blue collar doesn’t move up into white collar anymore.
The class barrier has NEVER been so apparent!
And it creates ass-holes like Frank, with an “I worked 120 hours a week to get where I am” attitude. Frank wouldn’t last past the first 20 hours if he had to hump shingles up a ladder for me.

September 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(542) Tank says:

Aldi, hr for a plant , you might be the 1st person I’d cut to free up money for the “unskilled” labor.
Human resources ? We’re you at work when you read and posted this blog?

September 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm
(543) Tank says:

Back to Josh, you didn’t really get a raise.
You got a cost of living increase.
Start at $7.00
+ 3% compounded 7times (7years)

September 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(544) Tank says:

Sorry, that’s not accurate.
I meant start at $8.00/hr

September 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(545) Desiree says:

I say we all start working for profits not wages :)

October 1, 2013 at 12:37 am
(546) Mike says:

If your current earnings are not sufficient to cover living expenses, find a second job. If you can’t find a second job, that’s because employers are not willing to hire new staff at higher minimum wage. If you can’t afford to live in the United States, go to other countries where those same jobs have gone due to minimum wage.

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 am
(547) Joshua Rogers says:

I thought wages were already raised for inflation. Geez, things you learn. I’m all for raising the minimum wage. So many people I know would benefit from that. Sure, some businesses think it might be harder on them, but if they train their employees properly to work when they’re on the job it wouldn’t be much of an issue.

October 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm
(548) Bianca says:

To frank, you cannot necessarily say that those people are less ambitious, so to speak. It’s not fair to those who truly do not have the same unearned benefits and privilege. Due to our social structure in this country, we do not all start off on even ground and that is something that cannot be made up for whether we all put in the same amount of work. Some immediately start off winning the game or with calls in their favor.

October 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(549) karen says:

minimum wage should we straight to $ 9 hour….

October 6, 2013 at 12:15 am
(550) PJ says:

I would think that some economist would crunch some kind of equation that would estimate how much energy per hour a menial job is worth. Then work it against some kind of 2/kva+1gallon for a local estimation

October 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(551) Kim says:

What is the wage for a front desk receptionist especially be working there for 2 years in February . Please let me know I am making 10.50 hour and I trAvel to other office that is 56 miles one way from home when I am driving 36 miles on way . Please respond! Thanks

October 15, 2013 at 3:48 am
(552) Brandon says:

I agree I would like wage to go up but I know if it does everything else will rise up and it would negate the actual raise in wage. At the sametime unemployment will go up furthering the counter productive measures that increase wages bring about. Combo this with the fact that this Affordable Health Care Act is forcing almost every company to limited number of hours to less then or equal to 28 hours per week is a mind boggling disaster. It is very hard to live alone today. I myself I’m about to start 2 jobs with about 40-50 hours between the two just to only pay my bills and put enough gas in my car to get my broke ass back to work. This is before calculating my forced medical insurance and needless to say I’m still going to be uninsured because its cheaper to pay the tax then to provide month to month coverage that my two job won’t be able to cover which by the way chances are I won’t be using if I did become insured considering I’m a health young male. For those who say get an education sure you can get an education and spend anywhere from 25k to 50k to get the first or second level degree and then what…hope you get the job you study for because either the market has been saturated because of the increase hype of a new promising field of work or simply because the eco isn’t supporting job growth. I know a few people who has a BS and Masters but yet are working as a server or another MW job because that happen to them. Colleges don’t give a damn wither or not the degree they offer is going to be worth a dime after you get your degree because they all ready have an iron clad money deal from you. This brings me to my final point in order for things to truly get better our system and the way we run things has to be rewritten and redone. There are many countries in the world with a better system that allows their people to live a very comfortable life…not to hard and not to easy but comfortable. Yes, I believe its our systems “core” that needs to be dealt with.

October 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(553) mrs.atkins says:

as a mother of three,and the wife of a very hard working man,i would like to say that anyone who has never had to live pay check to pay check needs to step off their pedalstool before they critisize lower income families.let me give you a set amount of money that isnt even close to the amount you need to pay bills and tell you to make do,lemme see if you can do it. second,just because ppl work mw jobs do not mean that they dont have an education or the ambition to work hard,nobody knows everybodies situation.but i agree that raising mw would only be beneficial if cost of living and goods were capped otherwise mw goes up then so does everything else,poor people will still be poor!if we dont need mw to go up we need cost of living to go down.i really hate it when people start with the “people on welfare got all those babies everybody else taking care of and this and that” are you saying poor people shouldnt be allowed to have families? what if you start off rich,have a family and then lose everything,and then you cant find a job to replace the income you had ,then you eventually need some form of government help,how would that make you feel huh? the ppl of this country have turned against each other and the class seperation is just dispicable.call me what you want ill do whatever it takes to take care of my family whether its being on welfare or not! so there take that and shove it

October 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm
(554) shanna says:

i say we take all the menial hard working jobs like scrubbing toilets and make hamburgers and working at nursing homes and building houses and picking up trash workers a management salary and let those people who think theyre better than everyone else just because they make more money have the min wage pay.see if they still agree then,would you be so ambitious to make it to the top if the pay decreased as you went?we’d have more hard working people if the hard working people got paid more than the people who get paid to sit on their butts!

October 17, 2013 at 12:38 am
(555) concerned citizen says:

America is in distress. I’ve read a large portion of these comments, and I’m saddened. The sheer ignorance is astounding. I started off in my teens making $6 an hour. I lived with a buddy. We split the bills and got by. I didn’t like it. I joined the military. Worked hard, got some skills. I make $40 an hour now. I can do a lot of things, but I get my ass handed to me in taxes. Property tax, payroll tax, income tax, inflation, artificially lowered interest rates, SS tax, medicare… on and on. I busted my ass to get paid more, and I pay, I think, more than my share in taxes. Raising minimum wage will simply tax me more. People are broke because they don’t want to put in the effort. Period. If you are a hard worker, there is money to be made. Don’t whine because you are too stupid or lazy to go make some money. ;)

October 17, 2013 at 5:09 am
(556) Rhonda Sue Brooks says:

I totally think minimum wage should increase, in fact I think $10.00 per hour is still shy of what people need to live especially with everybody having to take out health insurance on top of every day expenses and for people with kids you never have enough money what with school and just bills so you have to be blind not to see how it would help to give the poor people a little more incentive for all the hard work they do because the people that make minimum wage are the blue collar hard working people just trying to make a living honestly

October 27, 2013 at 11:55 am
(557) Don says:

People at minimum wage are eligible for food stamps (EBT), government subsidized insurance, and maybe more. If the minimum age was increased, there would be less dependence on the government because they would be able to pay for more of their food and medical care. The government would spend less on bureaucracy. Then our taxes should go down. Doctors and hospitals would not have to bloat their charges so much to those if who can pay so they can recover the cost of those who cannot pay. If we want to reduce the size of the government, let’s reduce the need for some government functions by increasing the minimum wage to something people can live on.

October 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(558) mybrownb says:

Minimum wage should go up every so often as needed, but minimum wage is for those with No Skills and/or No Education-so it can only go up so much every couple of years. Salaries should be earned based on the Type of work performed, knowledge, experience, Skills and Education—not because a person can’t afford to live a certain way.

I also feel that morw companies big & small should be more dedicated to giving Raises & Bonuses for hard work and quality Performance.

November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(559) blah says:

I find it really difficult to take your opinions seriously when you can’t be bothered to use proper grammar. Expressing yourselves like 4-year-olds completely invalidates your points.

November 10, 2013 at 12:45 am
(560) NameName says:

The minimum wage nationally should be at least $12 an hour. All of the BS excuses as to why minimum wage shouldn’t be increased are just that – BS.

It will not cause any hardship to business owners. The only reason it would hurt them is because they are so greedy they don’t want to share the wealth with those who keep their businesses operating – if it weren’t for the workers, there’d be no business. It’s high time the high earners pay their fair share in order for everyone else to be able to survive. Those who always complain about “get a job” ” get an education” “I pay too much in taxes” and on and on need to quit whining and actually care about your fellow man/woman instead of only thinking about yourselves.

Some people aren’t lucky enough to be able to afford to go to college or there are some of us who are too old to go back to school in order to get different skill sets. You know, those who whine about everyone else not doing their fair share are most likely republicans or tea folk and are so in a snit because of who inhabits the White House that they can’t see beyond their hatred, bigotry, racism, and fear of others.

The federal minimum wage should actually be at least $15 an hour in order for anyone to afford the bare necessities for a family. In states like Washington, California, New York, etc., that have very high costs of living, the state minimum wages should be at least $20 an hour.

November 10, 2013 at 12:56 am
(561) NameName says:

To go further – I want to know what executive or CEO is really worth several million bucks a year with bonuses of 2 or 3 million? NONE that’s who! Those people at the top do absolutely nothing – they should be making maybe a buck a day because they do nothing and they have millions or billions socked away in investments and offshore bank accounts. It’s high time we knock the big wigs off their high horses and make them earn the pittance they are really worth.

If it weren’t for the minimum wage and low wage earners who do all the dirty work for the big shots, there wouldn’t be any business. No executive is worth the ridiculous wages they pull in – they have never been worth it because all they do is sit in their fancy offices, feet up on desk, taking 3 and 4 hour lunches, plot how they can cut labor costs on the backs of those who work for them, have affairs with their high-paid bimbo secretaries, go lobby to the D.C. lobbyists in order to get even more money, etc. – in other words, they plot how they can remain the elite and say “piss on the workers – they’re not worthy of anything.”

I worked for 11 years, wasting my time and skills, at the largest mutual auto/homeowners insurance company in the nation and saw first-hand just how corrupt the big wigs really are and how corrupt all corporations are. It’s pathetic – they are more corrupt than the Mafia could ever think of being.

November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm
(562) John Smith says:

Raising minimum wage by such a large amount with send the United States into uncontrolled inflation. You’ll see.

November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(563) Rich O says:

Does anybody realize that big business will just raise prices? I work on average 70hrs a week to pay my bills and support my family. All that raising the minimum wage is going to do is hurt small business and lower to middle class. Do you people really think that anybody that makes over $10.10 per hour is going to see a raise to equal out? No they will not, but prices will go up, thus increasing the amount of house holds in poverty. My wife and I have worked hard for the little bit that we have and still live check to check.

November 14, 2013 at 12:53 am
(564) RJ says:

Minimum wage is an illusion. Raise it 25% ($8 to $10) and prices of everything you buy will go up and you end up with the same standard of living, it’s simple economics. If it goes through, I will have to raise the prices in my restaurant.

I have to pay my waitresses/waiters $8 now, even though they make an additional $20 per hour in tips. Most new college graduates don’t make that out of school, if they can even find a job!

Higher minimum wages keep unskilled employees from being hired, further pushing them into poverty.

I know everyone seems to despise employers but I worked 110 hours per week (6am to 11pm, 7 days a week) without a day off my first year in business, risked everything I had accumulated for 30 years to start my company, possibly loosing everything. Without my company, 35 employees would not have jobs. I will not hire inexperienced applicants. The minimum wage makes it to expensive to train them.

November 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm
(565) Nicole Epps says:

I feel like minimum wage needs to be raised a lot more than $9. I am 23 years old, born and raised in NY and I can’t even afford to live in my own state. It’s a shame. I am going through college and I’ve been in retail since I was 16 and I am only making 9.50. Like what is that. God forbid if something happens to my parents house where am I going to go?

December 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm
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December 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(567) larry says:

It’s about time the minimum wage goes up…it’s been 4 years since the last increase. Gas has tripled in the past four years. Food has nearly doubled. Rent and lease payments for housing has went up. It’s no wonder people are having a hard time. Can you imagine how hard it is on people we interact with every single day who have the following jobs: Every gas station you go to get gas you interact with an employee who makes minimum wage. Every restaurant you eat at you interact with people who make minimum wage. Every walmart. Every store. Every customer service type position. Warehouse employees. Almost anything you can think when you actually consider who is doing the physical work…..All of those people do NOT make enough money with minimum wage to cover their bills.

Meanwhile…over the past four years…business owners have seen record profits and I mean double and triple profits in the insurance industry, the petroleum industry, almost every industry…record profits.

And all of those people who do the actual physical work have been offered a 1.00 raise an hour after working there a YEAR.. Like from 360 a week to 400 a week raise. Wow. That’s something. Can you honestly answer this following question…and I mean everyone who is reading this:

Can you pay your bills and support yourself with a small cheap car, a cheap apartment, cheap clothes, and cheap food…with 400 a week?

December 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm
(568) Mark says:

What people dont understand and foresee is the fact that when the min wage increases more an more people are going to get cut off of welfare because they make too much so instead of doing so they are going to quit there jobs because the price of everything is gonna go up of which they wont be able to afford without food stamps. But no matter what the economy will crash all depends on when the fed will stop dumping worthless paper we call money into our economy////////

January 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm
(569) poor and uneducated says:

I agree with some of you, minimum wage wouldn’t necessarily fix anything because it would also raise the cost of living. Now with that said…..for those of you who think “uneducated” people are lazy?! Cleaning up behind “educated” doctors and CEO’s and being the worker bee proves we are not lazy just because, we did not go to school. I dont really understand your way of thinking. Us “lazy” “uneducated” “underclass people” are the cooks that prepare your food the cleaners who clean your hotels and homes, the cashiers who sell you your clothes, shoes, food, and look after your accounts at the bank. Everyone is not going to be on the same level financially but all we want is to be able to live people talking about not being able to buy video games, and having kids and can not afford them. Well i don not have children it is just me and i make more then minimum wage, i pay bills, after taxes i bring home 1200 a month or less depending on rather i get sick or not. Its just me and i litterally live from pay check to pay check. Basically what i am trying to say is we are the foundation with out us you nor your business will be able to survive so atleast make sure we survive…….and appreciate us little people because without us you will not be who you are.

January 29, 2014 at 9:16 am
(570) albert Pena jr says:

Hell no I’ve busted my ass for 7 years for my damn raised I got it works and if u raise it you’re going to eliminate 7 years of busting my ass

January 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm
(571) Worker says:

What happens to those people who actually went to school to better themselves who are barley making more than minimum wage and do not recieve any help from the government. If minimum wage goes up i think that everyone should recieve the same amount of a raise. Because I know many people like myself who are making not much more than minimum wage but have to pay for health insurance and do not recieve government assistance and pay for student loans. So when all is said and done I think people who are recieveing medicaid and foodstamps end up making more money then the middle class citizens who have to get out and work everyday and have debt for student loans and had tried to go to school to better their education to find a better job.

February 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm
(572) Linda Pickett says:

I am college educated and I work with a lot of other college educated people who lost their better paying jobs due to corporate downsizing and/or other situations over which we had no control. We started our “careers” as temporary industrial employees making $8.00 an hour. If we are fortunate enough to get hired in, we can look forward to earning $9.50 max over the next two years. Meanwhile we can’t afford to live. Some of us are losing our homes due to foreclosure. We can no longer afford our mortgages. Forget buying adequate food. After the regular living expenses have been paid, there is nothing left for groceries.
An increase in the minimum wage sounds good except when one factors in the subsequent increase in the living expenses. It’s a no-win situation yet we need real viable solutions to the poverty problems and we need them yesterday. To some of you, not everyone can afford or is otherwise qualified to go to college to get a degree that is no guarantee of a better paying job. We have people with master’s degrees working for barely above minimum wage. Get off your high horses and face reality. We’re in trouble and no one seems willing to make real changes…except to maybe raise taxes and what kind of solution is that?

February 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm
(573) joe says:

raising the minimum wage is silly, they ought to just tell the businesses to lower their prices by 20%. Any 20% raise is going to cause costs over time to raise an additional 20% so you are back where you started.

February 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm
(574) Bee says:

Can I just say that I’ve been working since I was 16 years old, granted I’m only 22 now, but I’ve had my share of jobs and had my share of trying to get jobs trying to get second jobs. The only jobs I’ve been able to get are PART time, paying no more than $8 an hour. Now I was never getting over 20 hours a week if you factor that in thats only 160$ PER WEEK. That’d be all fine and dandy if you’re living with someone who pays the bills and car insurance and buys you food. A SINGLE person cannot survive off of that. A STUDIO apartment goes for about 600+ here, and you’re lucky if you can get all utilities included. At 160 a week thats only 640 a month & this is all before taxes get taken out. How do you expect a person to afford a ONE ROOM apartment, a car (so they can work- or bus money & let me tell you taking the bus isn’t always an option), food, clothes, basic necessities etc. My current job I am still finding it difficult to afford everything, & I now get full time hours. Now even working full time hours I still can only afford a studio apartment to be able to afford everything else and no this does not include getting my nails done or going out or anything of that sort. I dont have those privileges. I think raising the wage may help to a degree, its the amount of working hours people get that really matters, but in order to achieve this you need to work long days all week long. Its sickening. So if you think about it, raising the wage will allow people to make more money in a single day so they dont have to work x-amount of days leaving various days open for other employees. Does no one else think this way?

February 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm
(575) Bee says:

And its not always about being lazy, I am a hard worker and anyone of my employers can vouch for that. I tried getting multiple jobs, I go out everyday looking for work. Ive moved to different states, I went to school. I’ve done everything I can to find ways to be able to support myself. You can’t survive on your own, you just cant. I agree it will make the cost of living go up thats why I’m 50/50 there has to be a way to even things out. Theres too many people relying on the government for assistance. America is in trouble.

February 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm
(576) Faye says:

It would make a lot of sense to have the minimum wage at $14 an hour and every year a .75 cent raise.
The waiter/waitress job should increase 7.50 an hour base pay plus what ever tips you make you keep.
I live in Key West, FL and you have to work 2 full time jobs to make ends meat, possible 3 jobs that each pay $10 an hour.
Key West is very expensive to live.

April 6, 2014 at 9:37 am
(577) Jane says:

Raising minimum wage does not solve the problem. My parent have 6 children and work for minimum wages and we are not on any government assistant and surviving ok. My parent teach us that if we don’t want to be like them get minimum wages then make sure u finish college. My parent also sacrifice to sent us to a skill school on a weekend and now I did the same to my children. Now I have my own small laundromat but not making more then 12k a year, because I have children and can’t work full time so i hire a part time but I can’t keep up. Commercial rent are very high plus I have to pay 15 percent in property tax. The first half of the year are ok then more and more of my competition are open one or two block from me so how could I compete. I can’t close my door yet because I have a lease which not expire yet. So just have to hang on until it expire. The government should control those high rise building owners.

April 9, 2014 at 4:49 am
(578) Carlos says:

Wow, its funny reading all of these comments. Such false asperations and self damage due to the lies we are told and tell ourselves and others. The fact that we are many or the “raise” in minimun wage will cause the things we buy now to go up is ubsurd. Everything around us goes UP, but my wage, even as I write this something is going up in price. ITS A JOKE! FACT: Money is FAKE and holds no real value. We give it value, we give it power. Notice how its WE, and yet we dont have enough of it. We need to stop giving money attention, it does us no good. We are all addicted to it, thats why a lot of you defend it. Just like a crackhead defends his/her use of a drug. They will LIE to themselves and others around them and even find ways to get more… Just like WALLSTREET, Big corps and even small time businesses find little schemes to make more. Like heavy drug and alcohol users, it’s very hard to get them off it, same for others with no drug/alcohol problems but with money filling that addiction. anybody that knows or has had problems know this. Listen to a person that has drug/alcohol problems, then listen to people talk about money. No different, just the object of addiction. Time to wake up and smell the s**t, because it is.

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