Minimum Wage

Do you believe the minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 per hour?

A:

That's an interesting question.  I don't know anyone who could live on $10.10 per hour in this country.  The minimum wage was $1.60 when I was 16 years old.  I'm 62 years old now.  That's 46 years and you tell me the so-called minimum wage has only risen to $7.25 per hour in 46 years?  That being said, do you really think raising it another $2.85 per hour will make any difference when the cost of living in this nation has continued to explode exponentially?  I'll answer my own question with a resounding NO!

I've suggested, while some may disagree, that we should do away with the minimum wage in favor of what I would call, a living wage.  That wage would be adjusted according to the cost of living in that particular area.  So, the living wage in North Carolina for example, would be less than the living wage in California.  What the base amount would be determined by a formula that takes into account several criteria including housing, utilities, food and healthcare costs for that particular region of the country.

The actual amount will certainly be more than the current so-called minimum wage and would likely be more than the proposed $10.10 per hour that some have suggested.


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