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senate Bill S. 1737

Increasing the Minimum Wage to $10.10/Hr

Argument in favor

Stimulates the economy by increasing consumer spending. This bill is a civil rights imperative, as women and minorities experience disproportionately high poverty rates.

BarackObama's Opinion
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02/25/2015
"Hard working parents can't support their family on the current minimum wages under todays living standards."
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Mark's Opinion
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04/08/2015
$7.25/hr is not sufficient to provide for oneself, or a family for that matter. By doing this we can slowly start closing the wealth disparity in this country. We aren't saying pay minimal skill jobs higher pay, but rather fair pay where they can properly provide for themselves. Additional future initiatives should include raising wages enough to start reducing the number of people below the poverty line and thus reducing spending on welfare programs.
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Evercraft's Opinion
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04/30/2015
Employers can easily afford this, and many with a conscience already do.
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Argument opposed

Increases the cost of hiring low-skilled workers and ignores the law of demand which in turn leads to job loss, unemployment, and higher cost of goods and services.

Jim2423's Opinion
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05/14/2015
Minimum wage is a start not a living. Leave as is.
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Abigail's Opinion
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05/07/2018
Why should someone with an education make the same as someone that flips burgers all day?
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Autumn's Opinion
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06/20/2015
Raising the minimum wage only results in price hikes everywhere else. Minimum wage workers would still struggle to support a family. Minimum wage jobs were never meant to be used for supporting a family. That's what a career is.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedNovember 19th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1737?

Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour in three, 95-cent increments over the next three years. Adjusts the wage each year thereafter to account for inflation. Increases the federal minimum wage for workers for receive tips from $2.13 per hour to 70% of the minimum wage. 

Impact

Impacts workers making minimum wage and the companies, firms and organizations that employ them.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1737

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates a cost of roughly $2 million in direct spending over the 2014-24 period.

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AKA

Minimum Wage Fairness Act

Official Title

A bill to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend increased expensing limitations and the treatment of certain real property as section 179 property.

    "Hard working parents can't support their family on the current minimum wages under todays living standards."
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    $7.25/hr is not sufficient to provide for oneself, or a family for that matter. By doing this we can slowly start closing the wealth disparity in this country. We aren't saying pay minimal skill jobs higher pay, but rather fair pay where they can properly provide for themselves. Additional future initiatives should include raising wages enough to start reducing the number of people below the poverty line and thus reducing spending on welfare programs.
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    Minimum wage is a start not a living. Leave as is.
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    Employers can easily afford this, and many with a conscience already do.
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    Why should someone with an education make the same as someone that flips burgers all day?
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    current $7.25 can't support a family
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    It should be increased to $15.00 per hour. Along with this, there should be actions taken to reduce the inequality of wealth in this country. Far too much money is going to the top 1 per cent, and not in the hands of middle and lower income households that would spend it. This, in my opinion is what is needed to spur on the U.S. economy.
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    Some family that work low paying job only have one family member actually working and it's hard to support two three people on a job paying 7.25
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    Raising the minimum wage only results in price hikes everywhere else. Minimum wage workers would still struggle to support a family. Minimum wage jobs were never meant to be used for supporting a family. That's what a career is.
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    Increase minimum wage and the wage of everyone above them must go up, as well as the cost for their goods or services. If a company can't afford to do that, people start getting laid off. If that isn't enough, businesses go under. Even if the business doesn't go under, all wages go up cost of products go up, therefore cost of living goes up. The worker is still making minimum wage, at a higher bracket and still can't afford to pay for anything. All this bill is going to do is cause inflation. I'm strongly opposed to this bill.
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    At some point we need to do what used to be done because of public pressure in a small community - acknowledge that individuals lowest on the employment chain provide a valuable service and in turn support the local economy. All we do by limiting their wages is enrich the wealthiest while encouraging people to commit welfare fraud which spreads the costs the employers should bear to the taxpayer.
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    I agree that people need more income. I don't think $10.10 an hour is enough. If we raised the minimum wage to $15.00 dollars an hour it would raise several million families out of poverty. Several families would not have to rely upon Food Stamps and Public Assistance. Putting more income in the hands of consumers that drive our United States economy is the only sensible thing to do. We tried trickle down economics put forth by former President Ronald Reagan, and discovered it was completely wrong. The rich got richer and the poor became poorer.
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    You can't get by just making 7 or 8 dollars an hour anymore
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    Let's stop treating minimum wagers like second class citizens and start treating them like Americans
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    What will it do other than force Americans into more compartmentalized income gaps? It is ridiculous that some people think that this will promote real change. Where is that money coming from? Where is it going?
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    Free market
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    If you look at the effective wage threw out the past you may discover that we are getting paid less now in terms of economy
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    Minimum wage isn't meant to be lived off of. Raising minimum wage also decreases the demand for workers because the price for workers is higher.
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    Minimum skills should not have a minimum wage of $10.
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    It is past time for the backbone of this country to get a well deserved raise!
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