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Here is a chart that shows Min wage by state.
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Don't minimum wage earners make up like 2% of the labor force? Are there really any businesses out there that would be forced to raise their prices to cover this?
The states already have their own minimum wage so WTF is the federal government involved for? Let it go up with the CPI and let's move on to issues that really matter. Only a small percentage of workers make true minimum wage and only a small percentage of those actually work full time. Again, moot point.
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I have a small business and was thinking of hiring a new employee @ minimum wage or 1$ over that.. give the person good training and hopefully he would grow with my company and help me grow so i could afford to get bigger... If minimum wage was 9$ an hour i couldnt afford to hire someone because as an owner. I would want the person to care -it is very hard to find a minimum wage employee to care, and i cant exactly afford 400$ a week right this second. giving someone $8.00 an hour is a little easier than $10.00.. just my 2 cents.
When/if the new Min wage takes effect deal with it then. If the employee is worth a raise to $10 then by all means do it if not your not obligated to do anything.
Personally, I don't understand the logic behind increasing the minimum wage when businesses are already dealing with a recession and a healthcare bill that will be burdensome to some employers. It's really a heaping a lot of stuff onto businesses, and it won't be the corporate monstrosities that suffer, they will find ways to pass the buck and skim off the most for the ones on top. It's the small businesses that will be hammered.
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I think people just need to face the facts that we can't save everyone. There has always been inequity in the world, and there probably always be. As much as we all hope for a utopia, it just ain't possible given the system we inherited. Too many moving parts, too many egocentric motivations.
Competition was the key ingredient for our evolution and for our technological and societal growth. In any competition, there are unfortunately losers and those who were dealt a bad hand. That's just the way this universe was set up, and no amount of pie-in-the-sky idealization will ever change that.