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house Bill H.R. 582

Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Gradually Increased to $15 an Hour by 2024?

Argument in favor

The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour isn’t a living wage and needs to be increased over five years to $15 an hour so that all workers — regardless of what they do for employment — are able to make a good living. Exceptions to the minimum wage, such as the subminimum wage for tipped workers, should be eliminated to put all workers on an even footing.

Vercilya 's Opinion
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03/07/2019
Why 2024? Two years is sufficient time for the transition!
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Laurie's Opinion
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07/02/2019
$15 isn't high enough, nor is this fast enough
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Page's Opinion
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07/02/2019
The federal minimum wage should be gradually increased to $20 an hour by 2024.
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Argument opposed

It’s basic economics that raising the cost of labor will cause employers to hire fewer workers or automate those jobs. Hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would have disastrous consequences for workers in jobs that can be automated and for younger workers who’d lose vital opportunities to gain experience in minimum wage jobs that won’t be available to them.

David's Opinion
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07/02/2019
No! Increase it to $15.00 NOW! Then maybe to $20.00 by 2024.
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Susan's Opinion
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03/08/2019
Basic economics says you cannot arbitrarily set a minimum wage that has nothing to do with the value of the work being done. If the wage is too high for the business to pay and still make a small profit, then prices will go up and/or people will lose the jobs they do have. Working for a wage is doing something that has value in line with the income.
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Deron's Opinion
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07/02/2019
I have to vote no to this. Just had the discussion with my mom about an increase to $15 min wage. What people don't get is as soon as this happens you'll hit the economy with a massive inflation hit. All business owners immediately would have to increase the prices of their goods and services. Those that already are making $15 will have to be compensated accordingly also. More companies would move their business off shore which leads to an increase in unemployment.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 18th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 231 Yea / 199 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2019

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    Why 2024? Two years is sufficient time for the transition!
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    No! Increase it to $15.00 NOW! Then maybe to $20.00 by 2024.
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    Basic economics says you cannot arbitrarily set a minimum wage that has nothing to do with the value of the work being done. If the wage is too high for the business to pay and still make a small profit, then prices will go up and/or people will lose the jobs they do have. Working for a wage is doing something that has value in line with the income.
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    $15 isn't high enough, nor is this fast enough
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    The federal minimum wage should be gradually increased to $20 an hour by 2024.
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    I have to vote no to this. Just had the discussion with my mom about an increase to $15 min wage. What people don't get is as soon as this happens you'll hit the economy with a massive inflation hit. All business owners immediately would have to increase the prices of their goods and services. Those that already are making $15 will have to be compensated accordingly also. More companies would move their business off shore which leads to an increase in unemployment.
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    The bullshit excuse that raising the minimum wage will raise the price everything else is another republiKKKan lie. Groceries , rent, ticket prices, gas, clothing, luxury items ALL have gone up despite keeping the minimum wage down.
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    Those jobs are not suppose to be a career. These jobs are for high school, people going to college and or retired people. These are not skilled jobs! No fair for small businesses .
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    No, let the market work. Artificially setting a minimum wage puts people who need jobs out of work.
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    Simple high school economics can tell you this isn’t a good idea. Everyone’s salary will have to go up to match the specialty of certain jobs, for example doctors. This will cause the inflation of money to go up and nobody wants that.
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    No the federal government has no business mandating a min wage. States should make this decision.
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    To little and too slow.
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    Stopped by McDonald's for a soda yesterday...guess what? It's now automated ordering. Washington has a 15 buck minimum wage for McDonald workers and this is the result. Keep it up democrats...you will successfully end jobs for low skilled workers and teens. #idiots
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    Why should it be gradually? Our rent is not paid gradually, our bills are not paid gradually. Why should it be gradually? When the government gets a raise it’s not GRADUALLY! The minimum wage should have already been 15 dollars an hour and until you as the government do something these companies are not willingly going to give this raise.
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    Better yet let us get it to a living wage so families can injoy time together rather than working several jobs to provide for their family!
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    👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻H.R. 582 AKA - Raise the Wage Act of 2019👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I strongly object to this Democratic House bill H.R. 582 AKA the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 AKA which would increase the $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage in phases each year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. It would index future increases in the federal minimum wage to median wage growth, in order to ensure that the value of the minimum wage doesn’t erode over time again, as it has in the past. It would also repeal subminimum wages to ensure that tipped workers, youth workers, and individuals with disabilities are competitively employed at the minimum wage. It’s basic economics that raising the cost of labor will cause employers to hire fewer workers or automate those jobs. Hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would have disastrous consequences for workers in jobs that can be automated and for younger workers who’d lose vital opportunities to gain experience in minimum wage jobs that won’t be available to them. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 7.1.19.....
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    So many misguided theories on “basic economics.” Don’t over-complicate monetary supply/demand. This is a formula for INFLATION. When Wall Street takes a crapload of your money off the circuit to horde it, or when we arbitrarily say these people should get paid a crapload more, businesses have to raise prices because they need more money. That’s inflation. And it means your money in your pocket all of a sudden doesn’t buy as much. Meaning it invalidates all of the work you have done in your life that you didn’t already spend the money on. If you’ve spent even ONE NIGHT in China, you know the store keepers stay up all night long changing all the sticker prices of everything because inflation is so fast they can’t PHYSICALLY keep up with it. Prime example of artificial inflation - a government term for getting rich on the poor mans dime. This bill would introduce inflation faster than we’ve never seen in this country - and I care too much about small businesses and the few folks I know with savings accounts to want to see this pass. Another misguided good idea. Please legislators, find a better way to help people. Reduce taxes, stop the wars that eat up most of our income. We have a governmental spending problem, which is why my friends with no savings accounts HAVE NO MONEY. Making their money mean less, to the tune of a 50% reduction in value, is possibly the worst thing we can do to them.
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    People need better wages. Enough of corporations taking advantage of people. They do not do the right thing.
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    Good intentions often have negative consequences. There is an income disparity in this country. There are large crony-capitalist companies that take advantage of the poorest amongst us. But, the hard truth is that most employment occurs in small businesses- and the consequences of an assured wage will put them under. When I first retired I used my life savings to start a small business that I knew would take several years to develop a sustainable client base. I paid taxes or government assessments to something like 9 different federal, state and locality agencies on everything from income, revenue, employers social security taxes, property, unemployment insurance, and workers comp. All righteous causes. I tried to overcome the AGI financial crisis and lost a lot of money trying to keep good employees on the job- until I finally ran out of money. I am not crying about this, it was a risk I chose to take- I am pointing out that most small businesses have struggles that most people do not realize; and the burden of legislation passed based on issues of big business practices will impact and undercut small business ability to keep people employed.
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    This should have been done years ago. Also IMPEACH TRUMP
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