Serious consideration needs to be given to revisiting the hourly federal mimimum wage rate of $7.25, which has not changed since July 2009. Quality jobs and living wages is the path to sustainable communities. Wage subsidy programs have proven to be effective in some countries attempting to recover from a financial crisis. However, although there are some indicators that job growth has slowed, unemployment has dropped to 4.3 percent. The US is not in an economic or financial crisis.