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Should Minimum Wage be Increased?

By January 15, 2014

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The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009.

The National Employment Law Project Reports that "Over the last forty years, the real value of the federal minimum wage has fallen by close to 30%." If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be $10.74 an hour.

What do you think? Should minimum wage be increased?

Read More: Minimum Wage Increases 2014 | List of State Minimum Wage Rates for 2014

Comments
December 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm
(1) michael says:

If you live in new jersey 825 an hour is fine if you work 16 hours a day or
you live rent free.

January 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm
(2) Nicole says:

The problem is that when they increase minimum wage, it gets worse and worse for bottom rung skilled/educated workers. People with degrees, experience and skills are not MINIMUM employees and should not be offered MINIMUM wage. Yet, when minimum wage goes up, it causes the cost of living to go up as the cost of this increase is passed on to the consumer! It’s a vicious cycle.

The answer is to bring jobs back home and stop giving foreigners work visas for good jobs. My friend is an American with CPA (though foreign born, she studied and passed citizenship test) and her entire office are Chinese girls here on work visa Accountants without a CPA. They don’t even have green cards. It’s like these employers have a fetish to destroy this country!

January 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm
(3) Nicole says:

Oh and Michael, exactly, that’s enough to work full time and live with your parents and pay for your own car and food. It’s not enough to have a family and save for retirement, plus health insurance-now that it’s against the law to figure if your health gets that bad just wait until you die…

January 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm
(4) M Sumler says:

Yes minimum should increase to 11 us dollars. The higher the wage the less people will depend on the government and other peoples tax money for funds to survive – SINGLE MOM IN Boston

January 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm
(5) Paul Doyon says:

I remember in 1978 when I was 16 and had my first car, I was paying about 50 cents a gallon for gas. I was making $3.30 an hour — slightly above minimum wage which was like $2.50 an hour. Well, a gallon of gas now costs $3.50 — seven times what it cost in 1978. If minimum wage had kept up with inflation — according to these figures — then it should be about $17.50 an hour. At present the federal minimum wage is only $7.50 per hour — about three times what it was in 1978. This is ridiculous. And the majority people are told they are supposed to feel “grateful” just to have a job where they can barely survive while the upper echelons of wage earners are bringing in millions — there are now over 13.2 million millionaires in the USA. We can never have a democracy with this much disparity in wealth. In fact, this is the reason why our rights are being taken away from us — to further support a fascist plutocracy.

January 16, 2014 at 4:58 am
(6) Jobless Joe says:

This “Country” is not what was promised not what countless generations have worked,bled,fought and died to attain.. They SHOULD have let everyone on whatever their current Ext was finish and run out that Ext while not allowing new claimants to file for any Ext past Dec 28th. It would’ve been the right way to do this. How can the greatest nation on earth stand to look itself in the mirror with all this secret police state whistleblowing lately and turning its citizens out on the streets in winter while they all “Fat Cat” it up in antique oak chairs incredulously oblivious to their fellow countrymen’s hardships.. I LITERALLY live 5 miles from the Tijuana, Mexico border where the minimum wage is $5 – A DAY not an hour but a day! They don’t care they make $7.50 an hour for a job that should pay $20 or more here. They get down and kiss the employers shoes to get minimum wage then cross back and pay $350 rent for a big house on the beach and we cant afford to rent even a bedroom on that.. I no joke LITERALLY went from my own place for 5 years to building a 10`x12` barn like shed with a loft for sleeping at a family members house because my employer of over 5+yrs had to close 2 of his 3 merchandise stores but even working 50+hrs at $12.50 I could not afford to pay everything without juggling and of course my $600/mnth child support for my 2 children im happy to be able to provide while also enjoying 50% custody of my youngest. My daughter is paramount so relocating isn’t an option. Ive looked and looked for work any work even asking employers at what would normally be a teenagers job position if they have anything 1 – 2 days a week I don’t care I get the shrug off because im in my 40s now.. We need to do something to make them take notice and it looks like a violent event of moderate size is the only thing that gets people up acting on and doing things.. Sigh with a sad tear in the corner of my eye.. Sadly the word “Humanity” should not include the word Human any longer

January 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm
(7) Frethal says:

The minimum wage paid in this country is a total affront to all the working men and women in this country. It is more then an outrage to pay this ridiculous low wages anywhere. More then that it is criminal to have so many Americans working at such substandard wages. Is the US OF A that heartless. That Cowardly that they will not pay a decent wage to the people that work in this country. Stand up America and do what is right, pay your working people a decent living wage. Not this mockery we call a minimum wage standard. It a standard for the dark ages.

January 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm
(8) LC says:

Minimum wage should not raise & as a matter of fact welfare should be the same rate not more. There also should be a time limit on how long someone can stay on welfare. 3 years max and then they have to find a job. Unless they are truly handicap or mentally unhealthy. LAZY doesn’t qualify.

January 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm
(9) Joe Maestre says:

Minimum wage should be increased to 9/hr without any trouble in the workforce, employees do complete a lot of tough work for minimum wage.

January 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm
(10) Shaun says:

The discussion is irrelevant. Any discussion about “minimum wage” is a discussion about the “minimum citizens” who earn it. If you are a minimum citizen, moderate to maximum citizens couldn’t care less what you have to say unless it puts more money in THEIR pockets and increases THEIR station in life. They have the power and you can’t take it. Suffer or… well, what do you think your options are?

January 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm
(11) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Here’s the information from Senator Harry Reid’s Facebook page “We’re very close on a deal to extend emergency unemployment compensation for 3 months. We just need a couple of Republicans to step over the line and join us.”
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/reid-us-senate-take-jobless-benefits-extension-bill-next-week

Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, said Democrats will offer a three-month extension of payments that expired late in December, affecting more than 1.6 million Americans. The roughly $6.5 billion cost would be paid for through a change in pension accounting, according to Democratic aides. The Republicans said they wanted it paid for and we figured out a way to pay for it, Reid said. He said 58 or 59 senators support the legislation, still short of the 60 needed to advance it procedurally.

February 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm
(12) Brandie says:

I live in Louisiana…and i work minimum wage job..i have 3 kids and having to live with my mom because u cant afford a place of my own..But if minimum wage was 10.00 an hour i would!! YES I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE RAISED!!

February 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm
(13) mel says:

my thing is, with all the people getting the government money why do they want to work!!!!!!! Yes raise the minimum wage and bring jobs back to the good old USA. Put americans back to work and stop the rich bastards from getting richer on the crap they get made in china for a nickel and bring over here and sell for a hundred dollars. Man if that isnt a huge profit!!!! I work for 7.56 an hour and its no where near surviving. And make too much for food stamps. Boy if that aint a bitch.

February 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm
(14) mel says:

hell yes raise the minimum wage….
we starving cause we dont “qualify” for food stamps. We make too much money…7.56. wow

February 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm
(15) mel says:

hell yes raise the minimum wage. the rich are getting richer and big companies don’t want to pay more because that would mean less money in their pocket. They need to bring jobs BACK to the good ole “US of A” and put their people to work. They need to stop worring about all the people over seas that are starving and worry about the ones here at home that they (the government) is starving. I work for 7.56 an hour and if my husband didn’t work (9.75) we would be hurting. We CAN NOT make it on my money and if one gets sick or car tears up we are just screwed. time we pay rent, lights, water,car insurance(its the law) and a little food on table for the week its gone.

March 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm
(16) Chris says:

YES THE MINIMUM WAGE WOULD BE RAISED! The cost of living has gone up so much that the regular person can’t begin to get ahead! It hasn’t been raised in years and its ridiculous. If the government can continue to raise their pay to keep up with inflation WE SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT! Maybe so many people wouldn’t depend on welfare if their jobs were made to pay them more!

April 18, 2014 at 12:12 am
(17) kiki says:

Yes, i make 7.25 dealing with the public but can’t get food stamps because i decided to take classes to try to better myself, try to find an apartment but you must make twice as much as your rent, cost of living steady going up and even the cost of public transportation to make it to work…..times are really hard

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