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senate Bill S. 1150

Is it Time to (Gradually) Raise the Minimum Wage to $12?

Argument in favor

It's impossible to live on the current minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) — it's an insult to those who work the jobs that lay the foundation of the country. If we want society to be functional, we have to make sure that all people make enough to survive.

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06/06/2015
"[$7.25] is a starvation wage. […] Anyone who works 40 hours in a week in America should not be in poverty, that’s the simple reality."
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PeterArbib's Opinion
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05/30/2015
I am in favor of raising the minimum wage so when somebody works a 40 hour job they don't have to rely on food stamps which cost the country billions of dollars every year through taxpayer money. but 12 dollars an hour is not enough according toa study on cost of living the way should be closer to 15 to 18 dollars an hour.
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Brian's Opinion
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05/30/2015
It should be higher than that. 70% of our GDP comes from middle class spending. Keeping the middle class down hurts everyone in this country
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Argument opposed

Minimum wage jobs pay the minimum because they require little to no formal training. It’s important that people who get more training get paid more — it incentivizes working effort and innovation in the American economy.

apace's Opinion
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06/01/2015
Do not confuse "minimum wage" with "livable wage". Entry positions were never meant, nor should they be, a position to acquire a livable wage. I do agree that something needs to be done to improve the standard of living for those who rely on this kind of job, but raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy more then help. The increased wages would cause the company more overhead, resulting in inflated costs. Wouldn't it be a better idea to spend our resources on educationg and increasing their skills then simply giving out money.
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John's Opinion
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05/30/2015
If you truly believe raising the minimum wage has a positive affect on the economy, then raise it to 1 million dollars per hour and be done with it. Otherwise, leave it alone or better yet eliminate it. Let the free market drive wages like they did for generations before the Federal Government started messing with it.
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DenisMcCartan's Opinion
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05/30/2015
The minimum wage isn't meant to be lived on. It's a starter out job and we're lucky the jobs exist to begin with. It shouldn't be on private sector to compensate for people's failure to obtain proper employment. Small businesses will fail and jobs will be lost. Let's protect what we already have.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

Bill Activity

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    Introduced in Senate
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    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

bill Progress


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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015
    "[$7.25] is a starvation wage. […] Anyone who works 40 hours in a week in America should not be in poverty, that’s the simple reality."
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    Do not confuse "minimum wage" with "livable wage". Entry positions were never meant, nor should they be, a position to acquire a livable wage. I do agree that something needs to be done to improve the standard of living for those who rely on this kind of job, but raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy more then help. The increased wages would cause the company more overhead, resulting in inflated costs. Wouldn't it be a better idea to spend our resources on educationg and increasing their skills then simply giving out money.
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    I am in favor of raising the minimum wage so when somebody works a 40 hour job they don't have to rely on food stamps which cost the country billions of dollars every year through taxpayer money. but 12 dollars an hour is not enough according toa study on cost of living the way should be closer to 15 to 18 dollars an hour.
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    It should be higher than that. 70% of our GDP comes from middle class spending. Keeping the middle class down hurts everyone in this country
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    If you truly believe raising the minimum wage has a positive affect on the economy, then raise it to 1 million dollars per hour and be done with it. Otherwise, leave it alone or better yet eliminate it. Let the free market drive wages like they did for generations before the Federal Government started messing with it.
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    The minimum wage isn't meant to be lived on. It's a starter out job and we're lucky the jobs exist to begin with. It shouldn't be on private sector to compensate for people's failure to obtain proper employment. Small businesses will fail and jobs will be lost. Let's protect what we already have.
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    No one who works full-time should live in poverty, and employers must stop holding Americans back from working full time. Those who ask why we don't eliminate the minimum wage are really asking why people should be paid at all for their labor. As long as you want to eliminate the minimum wage, why not go back to the days when wages were issued in non-legal tender tokens that can only be redeemed at the company store, which owned the entire town and everyone in it? In fact, why not just reinstate slavery?
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    Every wage should be a "livable wage." Many families have to depend on such wages to get by, and it is ignorant to believe that minimum wage jobs are only supposed to be for bored teenagers looking to earn extra cash after school (do we even have enough teenagers to fill all the minimum wage jobs in this country?). Fact of the matter is, there are a myriad of factors that could lead a person to having to accept a minimum wage job. One major factor is that most people can't afford the to get a university education; and what is more is that even with a university degree, you're not guaranteed a decent paying job. Not everyone has the means to get vocational training, either. Moreover, the theory that raising the min. wage would increase unemployment is still contested amongst Econ scholars, and many studies have actually found that higher minimum wages would benefit the economy in the long run. With that said, this bill doesn't raise the minimum wage even close to high enough, and the minimum tip wage is still ridiculously low, but it's a step in the right direction.
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    This is common sense. Our consumer-driven economy won't get any better until workers start earning and spending more money. $12 isn't even enough, but it's better than $7.25.
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    Minimum wages aren't meant to live on and minimum wages on the rise will mean more young people locked out of the job market.
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    Minimum wage hasn't been adjusted for inflation in over a decade (already by close to $10 in 2015). Increasing minimum wage is good for the worker (because minimum wage now is a poverty wage) and good for the business because it reduces turn over. Training new workers is much more expensive than paying your current workforce a little more. It will also stimulate the economy, since more people will be able to purchase more than the basic necessities.
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    When did Americans ever BEG for anything? Forget basic economic principles... "Yea" voters, are acting as these politicians are Kings and you're their subjects. The substantive character of this argument is not one FREEMEN should be having. We're the driver behind the wheel, government is the road block, not the road.
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    We all want to make more money. We should all earn our way to higher wages. By forcing companies to pay more for the same quality does grant any benefit because cost will rise. The easiest but most challenging to make the current wage more effective is stop the federal govt from its reckless spending and lowering the value of the American dollar.
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    Let's see congress live on 12 bucks an hour
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    Minimum wage was never a thing to live on. It is designed for people to get on their feet and students who need money to support their time while working for their education. We can't make it a living wage when it's whole objective is a good one. Work your way up for a living wage. Because begging to raise minimum wage will only allow everything to cost more and stop yourself from trying to make something of yourself..
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    The current status quo of low wage workers is simply unsustainable and shifts the cost to the government in the form of Medicaid, food stamps, and a litany of state and federal programs to assist the poor who are exploited on a daily basis. Moreover, the current minimum wage is not 'livable' and assuming we share the position that low wage workers have a right to live, then it must be raised. If it is not, it will be an indelible stain on the conscience of the Republic, one which voters will certainly keep in mind on both sides of the aisle.
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    I think minimum wage should be set on a more localized basis. At least on a state by state basis if not on a city by city basis. Since the cost of living varies so dramatically from city to city and community to community, shouldn't the minimum wage also vary in a similar manner?
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    I don't believe that capitalism can flourish if the federal government is allowed to set wages. Let the free market determine this! Experience has shown that raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. really hurts businesses. I'm afraid raising it to $12/hr. would have the same deleterious effect. It will also most likely result in more jobs being lost to automation! Entry-level jobs aren't meant to be a dead end for employees. Those employees who perform well will normally get pay raises based on merit and/or seniority. Employees should bear the "lion's share" of the responsibility for obtaining the education and training required to help them perform well enough to advance in the career of their choice. IOW, they must be MOTIVATED to do what is needed to SUCCEED!
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    Let states decide if they want a minimum wage or not and if so, what they want it to be.
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    Sure raising wages sounds good, the cost of course as always is passed along to the consumer, employers will use less employees and others will be out of work
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