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Minimum wage problems

April 5, 2014

In today’s world, the minimum wage rate is causing a lot of problems. I feel this rate should increase by at least a couple dollars....

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betsyross

Apr-08-14 4:54 PM

Johnnyad3:'job killing taxes,regulations,fines,fees' Obamacare covers them all.

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johnnyad3

Apr-07-14 8:36 AM

"job-killing taxes, regulations, fines, fees" What job killing taxes did this administration impose on businesses? Please provide examples to your other issues cited too.

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AmericanProud

Apr-06-14 2:45 PM

Raising minimum wage will result in manufacturers having to raise their prices in order to pay their employees. To the person who thinks raising minimum wage is the answer to high prices - think again! THis is NOT the answer. The answer is a robust economy and real leadership to create jobs. The current administration has pounded American business with job-killing taxes, regulations, fines, fees - it's really unbelievable that people will not wake up and see how much our country has been hurt the past 5 years by Obama policies. What's next? Oh yeah, let's give away the Internet we built to the U.N.!!! Let's take 8 years to decide if the Keystone Pipeline will create jobs. Let's saddle American taxpayers with new mandates, fuel surcharges, and decide we will no longer enforce the laws of the country!

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0futm2

Apr-06-14 1:12 PM

Yes

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spike2

Apr-06-14 11:35 AM

"The percentage of people making minimum wage in the 80's was 15%. Today it is 4.3%." Premier, where did you get this statistic? TGram - sounds like a start and great family support in a non-financial way. Ofutm2 - I am speaking to the Home Health Worker positions. These, generally women, are required to drive to the home, do the "job" of keeping the sick and elderly physically clean. Change beds in the same manner as in the hospital. Clean teeth and dentures, soiled diapers, etc.. Anyone who is willing to do this for members of our families and does so in a kind and caring way deserves more than minimum wage. Don't you agree?

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0futm2

Apr-06-14 12:00 AM

"How about a pay incentive to keep them from hating their work."

Pay incentive has very little to do with hating a job, perhaps incentive to show up but little else.

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Tgrammiex4

Apr-05-14 8:21 PM

Spike, yes, he still lives at home and is a junior in high school. He pays his own ins. on his car and supports his child ( yes, a Dad at 16)Him finishing High School at minimum is not up for debate. Any higher education is a bonus.

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Premier

Apr-05-14 6:30 PM

Spike, respectably, I have no idea what your talking about as I did not stray into the unknown.

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underwood

Apr-05-14 6:03 PM

Why not just change minimum wage to the level of the middle class? That ought to make a lot of people feel good.

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spike2

Apr-05-14 3:57 PM

The 2$ an hour raise would eliminate "food stamp" eligibility for most. Which do you prefer? Premier - I assume that is nationally, not Pa.? 4 years at Lyco creates an Economist? Doubtful. Remember those unskilled and untrained workers will probably provide part of the care for your elderly relatives or even you. How about a pay incentive to keep them from hating their work. remember, unskilled as you may consider this, they are probably doing the portion of care you prefer not to do. How many here are making minimum wage? How many here have been totally self-supporting, for even a period of time, on minimum wage? (one-worker) Tgrammiex - he lives at home? But everyone does not need higher education? Just saying you can't have things both ways.

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Tgrammiex4

Apr-05-14 3:47 PM

I'm so proud of my Grandson. At almost 17, he's working that job at Mc Donalds, 25-35 hrs. a week while a full time student. He's also finding out what being a taxpayer is. This is the best motivation EVER to graduate and go on to college or trade school.

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Premier

Apr-05-14 1:52 PM

Emotions, everyone has them. But when a group uses emotions heavily over common sense either in their personal life or business they are bound to fail and fail miserably.

Sure I would like to see all working people making $20hr. but that will never happen. Minimum wage is a stepping stone to better things in life. My nephew who graduated high school a few years ago thought he should be making $75K off the bat with zero skills.

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underwood

Apr-05-14 1:27 PM

My personal observations, coupled with an understanding of economics, are that leftist politicians push legislation and engage in rhetoric that appeals to their base and the base supports it because it makes them feel morally superior. Little or no regard is given to the long or short-term consequences. Leftist politicians place power above all else and the base cares or understands little about consequences as long as it makes them feel superior.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 12:26 PM

ericwilliamsport, I couldn't have said it better myself, and I'll add to it by saying our armed forces are always looking for a few good men and women that offer some of the best job training available and excellent educational opportunities. I have trained countless men and women that came from the very poorest of backgrounds and joined the service for a chance to be successful in life.

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ericwilliamsport

Apr-05-14 11:09 AM

Should be can't afford...

"If you aren't working for an organization that can afford you cost of "

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ericwilliamsport

Apr-05-14 10:54 AM

The author is no more than saying "I want a raise because things are more expensive." We'd all love to just get more money because things are more expensive.

If you aren't working for an organization that can afford you cost of living raises and/or merit increases annually, consider looking for a new job. Settling for McDonalds or any minimum wage job shouldn't be the status quo just to have a job. Sure it could be a place to earn some money while you look for better jobs, or a second job.

If you don't have the skills beyond McDonalds requirements, get to a computer. Learn the computer. Can't afford it? Go to a friend or family and have them help you, the library has computers. Job search centers have computers. Learn, educate, gain more skills and don't settle for minimum wage and don't expect entitlements as a career. They are there for aid in the rough times, not to raise a family from.

Even store managers at McDonalds can barely survive of their wages

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underwood

Apr-05-14 10:26 AM

Raising the MW may be good politics, but it’s bad economics. Market consequences will cancel out any gains lower paid workers get and raise prices for all of us.

What isn’t considered in MW discussions is that MW is a starting point for most unskilled and untrained workers and they move up the wage ladder as they gain experience and become more productive. Raising the MW will further increase unemployment for folks at the bottom since they aren’t productive enough to make hiring them worthwhile.

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Ritty77

Apr-05-14 8:09 AM

"...Nancy Pelosi pointed out yesterday during her press conference on another dismal jobs report, "It's George Bush's fault"."

Funny how when she was Speaker and the entire Congress was Democrat controlled for Bush's last two years, it's still Bush's fault. But now, when her party has the presidency and the Senate, it's the GOP House's fault.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Apr-05-14 7:19 AM

Maybe the minimum wage should be in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, etc. This may drive some of the jobs back to the US.

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eriklatranyi

Apr-05-14 6:48 AM

Liberal stupidity is waving a wand and giving everyone a raise.

Liberals then pat themselves on their backs and congratulate each other for their "compassion".

Reality then steps in and raises prices, making those wage increases irrelevant.

But, because most liberals are absolutely ignorant on economics, they cannot be made to understand the consequences.

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Premier

Apr-05-14 6:22 AM

The percentage of people making minimum wage in the 80's was 15%. Today it is 4.3%. I get a kick out of these fast food workers that are demanding $15 and hour to flip burgers when that's what a descent carpenter makes that can frame you a house.

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gavinf56

Apr-05-14 5:14 AM

A healthy and robust economy with lower unemployment rates will raise wages. We are now entering our 4th year since this administrations "Recovery Summer" and as Nancy Pelosi pointed out yesterday during her press conference on another dismal jobs report, "It's George Bush's fault".

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Ritty77

Apr-05-14 2:47 AM

It's better to employ five people at $8 than four people at $10, in my opinion and the CBO says it will cost jobs.

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