Poll of the Day > The Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25

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Kotenks
11/21/20 4:48:41 PM
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Should the federal minimum wage be raised?



The federal minimum wage hasn't risen since July 2009. Should it be raised? If so, what should the wage be? If not, why do you feel 7.25 an hour is the correct amount?

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Lokarin
11/21/20 4:50:05 PM
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There shouldn't be a static minimum wage... minimum wage should be "scale", just like in the movie industry.

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hypnox
11/21/20 4:50:44 PM
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I feel a single person should be able to afford a decent one bedroom apartment on minimum wage.

Rather that means our housing costs should be lower or wages higher doesnt matter to me.

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Lokarin
11/21/20 4:54:24 PM
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hypnox posted...
I feel a single person should be able to afford a decent one bedroom apartment on minimum wage.

Rather that means our housing costs should be lower or wages higher doesnt matter to me.

Actually, this is a pretty interesting point.

Would people be favour in actually LOWERING the minimum wage if they gained housing subsidy of greater value in exchange?

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EclairReturns
11/21/20 4:56:50 PM
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Lokarin posted...
scale


You mean to adjust for inflation?
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Lokarin
11/21/20 5:01:07 PM
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EclairReturns posted...
You mean to adjust for inflation?

It's more than that, you get paid in profit scale - which would be akin to being paid in stock

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LuciferSage
11/21/20 5:26:11 PM
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Minimum wage is a company's way of saying "if we could pay you less, we would".

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BADoglick
11/21/20 5:45:08 PM
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The majority of those making less than fifteen an hour depend on public assistance. Welfare, food stamps etc. Essentially corporations are passing the responsibility of compensating their employees onto the taxpayer, and half this country (ironically the ones who bemoan public assistance) are the ones arguing against raising minimum wage

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Judgmenl
11/21/20 5:52:21 PM
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Another issues that the regressive republicans fail to support.

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Krow_Incarnate
11/21/20 5:56:29 PM
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Cost of living needs to come down.

Minimum wage literally does not matter.

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Crimson2
11/21/20 6:01:52 PM
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If wages go up then employment goes down, so I don't think that is the answer to the problem.
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BlackScythe0
11/21/20 6:18:03 PM
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Crimson2 posted...
If wages go up then employment goes down, so I don't think that is the answer to the problem.
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adjl
11/21/20 7:11:27 PM
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Given how wildly cost of living varies across the country, a flat federal minimum wage doesn't make much sense to me. Rather, minimum wage for a given job should scale based on local cost of living. The suite of criteria for determining that can be defined federally (i.e. 40 hours/week should be able to afford 1/3 of a 3-bedroom apartment within a half-hour walk of the workplace in question plus utilities and food), but defining a single number for the whole country is silly.

That said, $7.25/hour isn't enough to live off of in most of the country, so if they are going to stick with a flat number, it should be increased.

BADoglick posted...
The majority of those making less than fifteen an hour depend on public assistance. Welfare, food stamps etc. Essentially corporations are passing the responsibility of compensating their employees onto the taxpayer, and half this country (ironically the ones who bemoan public assistance) are the ones arguing against raising minimum wage

Pretty much. The government is effectively subsidizing any corporation that pays its employees a sub-living wage by picking up their slack, which is just absurd.

Krow_Incarnate posted...
Cost of living needs to come down.

Also this. The fact that cost of living is inflating faster than wages is the primary reason wealth inequality is becoming such a problem (to say nothing of the fact that inflating real estate values are a major source of income for those who had the capital to invest in it).

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Muscles
11/21/20 7:18:09 PM
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Back in the 60s, when it was at its peak, it was $11 in today's money, I think it should constantly stay there and rise with inflation

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