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house Bill H.R. 122

Should the Federal Minimum Wage Exceed $13 an Hour?

Argument in favor

Economic inequality is rampant in the U.S. today. Raising the minimum wage will ensure that workers can support themselves and their families while helping in the economy grow in a sustainable way.

larubia's Opinion
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11/25/2019
Minimum wage should be at least $15.00/hour. If you work 40 hours a week, you should not fall under the poverty line. Working a 40 hour week, you should be able to rent an apartment & pay for groceries without another job or government assistance. Minimum wage has not increased since 2009. At the same time, this year the Economic Policy Institute, “estimates that America’s top-earning 1% took in 22% of all national income.” We have not had such wealth inequality since the Great Depression, when the 1% took in 23.9% of the country’s income! We have a great economy for the 1%; for everyone else...not so much. Raise the minimum wage to at least $15.00/hour.
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Kevin 's Opinion
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11/25/2019
It’s foolish that people making $250,000/hour are trying convince people making $25/hour that someone making $12/hour is greedy and will wreck the economy. Divide and conquer.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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11/25/2019
Myth: The minimum wage was never supposed to be a living wage. This is probably one of the most dangerous—and easy to debunk—lies about the minimum wage, which was championed by Franklin D. Roosevelt beginning in 1933. During an address FDR gave about one of his many economic packages, he explained that “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country”. At the time, Roosevelt’s Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938—passed as part of New Deal legislation—set minimum wage at 25 cents. Roosevelt intended this rate to be “more than a bare subsistence level.” The minimum wage was created expressly to ensure that people of all skill-levels, if they worked, could “earn a decent living” off those wages—thus, a living wage.
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Argument opposed

Why should the minimum wage for a single person with no dependents be above the poverty level for a family of four? This bill will cost people their jobs and increase unemployment.

Emmett's Opinion
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11/25/2019
Shut up already with the whole income inequality crap already. People get paid what the market and employer say their labor is worth. If you believe you are worth more than you are being offered, you can either turn down the job or gain skills that employers are willing to pay you for. Bottom line, it falls on you as a job seeker to improve your lot in life.
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Ronald's Opinion
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11/25/2019
Free America from Government control. No minimum wage. Free American Citizens, workers, and employees to decide for themselves. Government interference, nd meddling in this, s mosty things causes Much more harm than good.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/25/2019
So by using a picture of Hispanic ladies, you are insinuating that immigrants should come to America and receive $15hr jobs? No, the government has no business setting a minimum wage. It only drives inflation and kills jobs.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    Minimum wage should be at least $15.00/hour. If you work 40 hours a week, you should not fall under the poverty line. Working a 40 hour week, you should be able to rent an apartment & pay for groceries without another job or government assistance. Minimum wage has not increased since 2009. At the same time, this year the Economic Policy Institute, “estimates that America’s top-earning 1% took in 22% of all national income.” We have not had such wealth inequality since the Great Depression, when the 1% took in 23.9% of the country’s income! We have a great economy for the 1%; for everyone else...not so much. Raise the minimum wage to at least $15.00/hour.
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    Shut up already with the whole income inequality crap already. People get paid what the market and employer say their labor is worth. If you believe you are worth more than you are being offered, you can either turn down the job or gain skills that employers are willing to pay you for. Bottom line, it falls on you as a job seeker to improve your lot in life.
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    It’s foolish that people making $250,000/hour are trying convince people making $25/hour that someone making $12/hour is greedy and will wreck the economy. Divide and conquer.
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    Myth: The minimum wage was never supposed to be a living wage. This is probably one of the most dangerous—and easy to debunk—lies about the minimum wage, which was championed by Franklin D. Roosevelt beginning in 1933. During an address FDR gave about one of his many economic packages, he explained that “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country”. At the time, Roosevelt’s Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938—passed as part of New Deal legislation—set minimum wage at 25 cents. Roosevelt intended this rate to be “more than a bare subsistence level.” The minimum wage was created expressly to ensure that people of all skill-levels, if they worked, could “earn a decent living” off those wages—thus, a living wage.
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    Most people who earn minimum wage work twice as hard as those earning twice that much. Everyone deserves to make a living wage and not have to work three jobs just to survive.
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    Updated to address Paul’s concerns. I am not convinced that raising the minimum wage is the best way to address the huge inequity and expending gaps between the "Have lots and lots" wealthiest and the "Have less and Less" rest of us. But, without a better long-term strategy to protect our country from this very disruptive wealth 'gap' which can only result in an overall economic decline of our country, this is the best near term solution that can immediately benefit those who are struggling to just get by. The wealthy tax cuts have been shown to directly increase the rate this gap is growing and I think that it will take more than just restoring our prior rates to fix. Wealth taxes in some form are needed but exactly how to do this in a manner that ensures there are no long-term unintended consequences need some deliberate study first. The income/wealth gap prevents younger folks from even considering taking on the responsibilities of parenting within strong family units to raise the nurtured, educated and empowered children that our country's future does quite literally depends upon. So this is an important issue which needs deliberate focus and attention. … … …Paul, I’m sorry that I didn’t explain my concerns. I don’t think that just increasing the minimum wage is effective in the long term. Imagine your community is where you live, work and purchase all the goods and services for your life, and that all the people that provide those goods and service also live in your community. Next, imagine that all of the businesses where you buy stuff operate at no profit but have to pay franchise fees of 10% of revenues to their wealthy franchiser. Rental properties labor is all local and operate at no net local profit even though corporate land owners charge rents indexed to the community’s average income. Any increases in wages by any of these employers will have to be paid for by their customers. Meanwhile the external franchisers and rental proprietary owners continue to collect their ‘reasonable’ fees and profits. It is a vicious circle that, in the long term doesn’t do anything except constantly inflate costs and require constantly increased minimum wages, then constantly increased costs and a vicious cycle that cannot be sustained. There has to be some means to redistribute the wealth that is leaving the community to cut the costs of living there in order to break the escalating cycle and put things into a reasonable balance. There are a lot of options like free or low cost universal healthcare, additional reasonably priced rental properties and homes, lower priced medications, and new employment opportunities that would require the franchiser and rental property owners to absorb some costs in order to stay in business. Mechanisms to redistribute the wealth from folks at the top of the wealth gap to those at the bottom are needed in order to reduce the wealth gap. These mechanisms need to be fair, equitable and effective in developing the rising tide that lifts us all. I don’t think that mandated minimum wages can be effective without addressing the bigger issue of the expanding wealth gap. Methods need to be carefully evaluated before attempting full implementation.
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    A living wage should not be a privilege. It’s the right of every American to afford the country in which they live.
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    Yes it needs to be increased, to $15 an hour at a minimum. Support organized labor and there wouldn’t be any question. When organize labor is strong so is the middle class and America.
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    Free America from Government control. No minimum wage. Free American Citizens, workers, and employees to decide for themselves. Government interference, nd meddling in this, s mosty things causes Much more harm than good.
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    So by using a picture of Hispanic ladies, you are insinuating that immigrants should come to America and receive $15hr jobs? No, the government has no business setting a minimum wage. It only drives inflation and kills jobs.
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    All ship raise at high tides, which bothers the wealthy! If you think corporations and business are going to pay you what you are worth, I got a bridge to sell you or you are do not worth it! Most businesses can pay more, but choose not too. Giving all sorts of reasons why not, most, it comes down to greed. Unions were form by the people, to give safety in the work place, protect from discrimination, 40 hour work week, healthcare, sick leave, payed vacation, family leave, and pay! $13 dollars an hour is not a living wage. Did you negotiate this when you got job? You are just a number! People are making more money because of the minimum wage in some state force business to pay more, not Trump economic policy. The stock market is going up because all the businesses putting employees 401K future retirement money dump in the market every week, its a pyramid scheme. The Choice is you pay them nothing and government take care of you or you pay them a lot and they pay for everything, infrastructure included or meet in the middle! No job is meant for college students, high school yes, and state controlled that. Trump and republicans wishful thinking snowflakevictory.com propaganda, trying to rewrite history. Economy was inherited from Obama from 2009. The Republican are doing deficit spending and is the highest it’s ever been. The stock market is being pump up due to 401k (people’s retirement) being dump into stock market every week. Plus 401k retirement is not back or regulated. The immigration laws were always enforce and the wall was alway being built, as needed, by every president, but not so abusive, brutal, inhuman and with racial hate. Other countries always payed what they could and were always United, can’t say that now for the USA. Improving trade deals were and are always ongoing condition by every president, but not at the Plight or destruction of American people, farms and with Corp welfare. ACA (healthcare, Obamacare) started by Obama was because corporations were doing less and less coverage due to increase cost. Drug coverage was going through the roof. The republicans base is shrinking due to corruption, white supremacy, racial hate, Bigots, DACA and immigration. Tax cut hurt the middle class, poor and the deficit, plus CEO got record pay and corporation pay no taxes at all. State pushing the $15 hr minimum pay is why some people pay increased, high tides raise all boats, but in saying this the middle class is shrinking. The gap between the have and have not is widening. A lot of low paying service jobs. The wealthy are happy. The only person saying no quid pro quo is trump and his base. Hunter Biden was put on the board of trustees In hope that would change the image of the companies. Second the United States, European Union and other countries wanted the corrupt prosecutor of Ukraine gone because he would not prosecute the Russian mob, so he was forced out by Biden. The administration is the Russian mob. As far big government socialism there are 75 government social programs some are Social Security, Medicare, infrastructure, military defense, public libraries, police, fire department, postal service, student loans/grants, garbage collection, public land fills, farm subsidies, CIA, FBI, vaccine, EPA, public schools, museums, prison system, corporations / businesses subsidies, VA healthcare, public parks, food stamps, sewer system, court system, GI bill, building / maintain dams, zoos, pentagon, free lunch, FDA, 911 rescue works, corporate bailout/welfare, state construction, unemployment insurance, bus service, snow removal, PBS, CD, FEMA, NPR, public defender Amtrak, OSHA, USDA,welfare, even going to war, plus others look them up. Republicans have weakened EPA regulation to more pollution, open governmental land to corporations, got out of climate change. Fracking for natural gas and oil is causing earthquakes in Oklahoma and around country, polluting ground water and streams. The green new deal would help shift energy production and employment them fossil fuel to clean energy, it will not illuminate fossil fuel, just reduce the pollution (air, water, climate change) and green house effect. So I would rather be a snowflake, than be full of cow dung!
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    Studies are showing that the predictions from years ago, that increasing the minimum wage to 13-15, would lead to job losses, is in fact a myth. When the average CEO makes more in one hour than his workers make in a year, it is evidence that there is a gap.
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    Raising minimum wage would just increase the cost of living. People who have minimal skill deserve minimal pay, if you want more pay gain the skills required. A mechanic deserves more pay then a fast food worker.
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    Times change I see minim wage as low as 6:50 I am at 12 I like to see 15 and it start now.
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    Be careful what you wish for or in the case of radical alt-leftist liberal democrats legislate minimum wage. You're creating a growing uneducated, no skilled workers who do not qualify for work that employers would want to hire, especially for $15/hr. Automation is exploding in all jobs that do not require workers.
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    In the 70’s, I was straight out of college and was hired as a waitress at the Williamsburg Lodge. I was one of the first to be hired after the Lodge went wet - that means started to serve alcohol. I was in the tennis lounge when Mrs. Anheuser-Busch came in with her golf coach and eight of her groupies. I was the unfortunate one that had to wait on her. She snapped her fingers ordering me round and round. I ran my ass off for her. When she left, she left me NOTHING. MY salary was 50 cents an hour. Can’t say I ever said anything nice about the family after that! The Federal minimum wage should adjust to the ratio where EVERYONE CAN HAVE A DECENT WAGE. YOU LYING BASTARDS CAN AFFORD IT. IF YOU CANNOT, THEN YOU SHOULDN’T BE IN BUSINESS. I THOUGHT WE ABOLISHED SLAVERY YEARS AGO. GUESS I WAS WRONG,
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    The myth of the minimum wage leading to job loss needs to stop. The wealthy are just afraid of dipping into their own pockets to pay all people a living wage. Income inequality in our country is a growing threat that will harm us more than any deficit or immigration "crisis". There is no justifiable reason to keep us from setting the minimum wage at a living wage and raising it regularly to adjust for inflation. We do not have a fair playing field for all if we're not willing to pay everybody fairly.
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    People need a living wage. It should start, at least, at $17.50/hr. And the lie about raising the minimum wage is just that: a lie!
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    No. I worked my butt off to earn more than minimum wage. Every time the minimum wage is increased, the cost of inflation drives up prices for goods and services, which decreases my purchasing power (since I make more than minimum wage). So by artificially setting wages, government effectively forces a pay cut on workers who already make or exceed that new wage.
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    It is really funny we have people so opposed to lifting people who need it. I think that so many who oppose feel it is the immigrates who are creating this issue. That is so not true. Their are single mothers, people with disabilities, seniors and many more that are as snow white as Steve Miller requires who don't have the luxury to go educate themselves or quit. I am an employer and have 2 businesses but my employees are all PhDs, Master degrees or Bachelor degrees, I don't have the issue with my businesses of minimum wages. I do have a housekeeping staff and a lawn service and I make sure they are well compensated. Let's worry about how we are getting sold to Russian not how to starve our citizens
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