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senate Bill S. 1832

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage (Gradually) to $15/Hour by 2020

Argument in favor

The current federal minimum wage — $7.25 an hour — is far too low , and not all states have set minimum wages above the federal level. Raising the minimum wage will ensure that workers can support their families and help grow the economy.

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08/18/2015
"[$7.25] is a starvation wage... Anyone who works 40 hours in a week in America should not be in poverty, that's the simple reality."
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08/11/2015
If the minimum wage kept up with productivity, rather than inflation (it actually remained effectively stagnant over the past 40 years,) the minimum wage would actually be over $21 an hour today. I cannot take any business seriously that says that they can't raise employee pay without raising prices, especially when they triple executive pay (see McDonald's.) To quote Chris Rock, the minimum wage is your boss saying to you "If I could pay you less, I would, but that would be against the law." The minimum wage is so low that the American taxpayer spends nearly $6 billion every year subsidizing WalMart's workers alone. Public welfare programs were designed to be a temporary stopgap to help the impoverished survive just long enough to get back on their feet when they face financial hardships. It was not designed to be used as a cheap exploit by greedy business owners to offset their labor costs. If your business model relies on leeching off the American taxpayer because you're too much of a cheapskate to pay your workers a living wage, then you have no business being in business. Those who ask why we even have a minimum wage in the first place are really asking why people should be paid for their work at all. Sure, if we eliminate the minimum wage, we could reduce the unemployment rate to zero percent, but that would make poverty much worse because no business would ever pay their employees.
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08/18/2015
"Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it." [washingtonpost.com]
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Argument opposed

Arbitrary increases in the minimum wage to score political points will hurt employment because businesses can’t absorb extra costs without scaling back their workforce or raising prices.

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08/18/2015
Donald Trump said as president he would keep the minimum wage "pretty much where it is right now," [nbcnews.com]
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08/10/2015
NO!!! It isn't the goal of the "minimum" wage to be a living wage. It's goal is to be an entry into the work force, the "minimum" even. It is for unlearned and unskilled workers, if you raise minimum wage you have to raise ALL wages and eventually minimum wage will have to be raised AGAIN! It is bad economics to think you can raise the minimum wage and all of a sudden entry level workers will have livable incomes. The price of all goods will increase so their new wages will get them just as far as their old ones.
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08/12/2015
If the minimum wage needs to be a "living wage", why are politicians phasing it in over 5 years? That said, the minimum wage won't, and doesn't benefit these workers at all. Instead, it destroys the first rung of the potential job ladder of the most disadvantaged, of those who need real help the most. These people have already received poor education due to horrendous public schools, and so the government (unintentionally) has created a permanent underclass of citizens requiring lifelong welfare.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJuly 22nd, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 1832?

This bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2020 by phasing in five annual increases beginning in 2016. It would also gradually eliminate the tipped minimum wage. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, though a majority of states have adopted minimum wages that exceed the federal minimum.

In 2016 the federal minimum wage would be raised to $9 per hour, then to $10.50 in 2017, $12 in 2018, $13.50 in 2019, and $15 per hour in 2020. After 2020, all future increases in the minimum wage would be indexed to increases in the median hourly wage, as determined by the Secretary of Labor.

For workers who earn at least $30 in monthly tips, their base minimum wage would be increased from its current level of $2.13 per hour to $3.15 per hour in 2016. Each year after, the wage for tipped workers would be increased by $1.50 per hour annually until the wage reaches the federal minimum established by this bill, or directly to the level designated as the federal minimum wage.

A separate youth minimum wage would be set at $3 per hour less than the standard federal minimum wage.

Impact

People working minimum wage and tipped minimum wage jobs, their families, job seekers, employers that pay the minimum wage, the Secretary of Labor, people that buy things sold or made by people that earn minimum wage.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1832

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), called for a substantial increase from the current federal minimum wage in a press release, saying:

“It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty and millions more are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills. In the year 2015, a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”

Sen. Sanders also cited the support of economists who have endorsed incremental increases in the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2020, and a report by the National Employment Law Project which favors an increase to that level.


Of Note: In February 2014, the CBO analyzed the effects of two minimum wage increase proposals — one that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour, and another that would raise it to $10.10 per hour. The CBO’s central estimate for the $9 per hour proposal projected a decrease in employment of 100,000 workers, while its central estimate for the $10.10 per hour option was a decrease of 500,000 workers. It also found that of the $31 billion in increased wages that would be earned, only 19 percent of that total would go to families earning below the poverty level, while 29 percent would go to families earning more than three times the poverty level.

The findings of the CBO’s analysis seem to coincide with those of other research, including the American Action Forum — that found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage corresponded with a 1.48 percent increase in unemployment. The Mises Institute describes the underlying relationship between the minimum wage and employment:
“Minimum wage increases make it more likely that firms won’t hire new people… companies are moving toward more automation, at least partly because of minimum wage increases.”

There are 29 states which have set their minimum wage at a level higher than the federal minimum, with the highest rate in the District of Columbia at $10.50 per hour. Five states do not have a state minimum wage, meaning that they rely on the federal minimum wage, while others simply set their state minimum wage at the same level as the federal government’s.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user The All-Nite Images)

AKA

Pay Workers a Living Wage Act

Official Title

A bill to provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage.

    "[$7.25] is a starvation wage... Anyone who works 40 hours in a week in America should not be in poverty, that's the simple reality."
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    Donald Trump said as president he would keep the minimum wage "pretty much where it is right now," [nbcnews.com]
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    If the minimum wage kept up with productivity, rather than inflation (it actually remained effectively stagnant over the past 40 years,) the minimum wage would actually be over $21 an hour today. I cannot take any business seriously that says that they can't raise employee pay without raising prices, especially when they triple executive pay (see McDonald's.) To quote Chris Rock, the minimum wage is your boss saying to you "If I could pay you less, I would, but that would be against the law." The minimum wage is so low that the American taxpayer spends nearly $6 billion every year subsidizing WalMart's workers alone. Public welfare programs were designed to be a temporary stopgap to help the impoverished survive just long enough to get back on their feet when they face financial hardships. It was not designed to be used as a cheap exploit by greedy business owners to offset their labor costs. If your business model relies on leeching off the American taxpayer because you're too much of a cheapskate to pay your workers a living wage, then you have no business being in business. Those who ask why we even have a minimum wage in the first place are really asking why people should be paid for their work at all. Sure, if we eliminate the minimum wage, we could reduce the unemployment rate to zero percent, but that would make poverty much worse because no business would ever pay their employees.
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    NO!!! It isn't the goal of the "minimum" wage to be a living wage. It's goal is to be an entry into the work force, the "minimum" even. It is for unlearned and unskilled workers, if you raise minimum wage you have to raise ALL wages and eventually minimum wage will have to be raised AGAIN! It is bad economics to think you can raise the minimum wage and all of a sudden entry level workers will have livable incomes. The price of all goods will increase so their new wages will get them just as far as their old ones.
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    "Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it." [washingtonpost.com]
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    The minimum wage needs to go up. The cost of living steadily increases, but minimum wage hasn't moved in nearly 10 years. Nobody can survive on it anymore. People are trying to work 2 or 3 jobs, have no time for their families, sick from exhaustion, and nothing improves. It needs to jump to at least $11/hour and then go up in increments.
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    “If we started in 1960, and we said [that] as productivity goes up … then the minimum wage was going to go up the same… if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour.” [washingtontimes.com]
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    If the minimum wage needs to be a "living wage", why are politicians phasing it in over 5 years? That said, the minimum wage won't, and doesn't benefit these workers at all. Instead, it destroys the first rung of the potential job ladder of the most disadvantaged, of those who need real help the most. These people have already received poor education due to horrendous public schools, and so the government (unintentionally) has created a permanent underclass of citizens requiring lifelong welfare.
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    I've done research, articles, and video presentations on minimum wage. The arguments against it are almost entirely false. It WAS intended to be a living wage from its inception. Raising it IS good for economy because consumers have increased buying power. It does NOT hurt industry because most small businesses already pay more than minimum and benefit from higher sales volume, while the largest businesses are capable of eating the increase without even affecting share prices. It's good, and it's necessary to get the economy back on track.
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    Minimum wage is not supposed to be a wage to live on, it's a wage for an entry level job. If you want to stay in that job your whole life knowing this, then that's your problem, not the taxpayers' and employers'. Also, raising the minimum wage will cause all prices to go up, and won't make that money go any further.
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    “You have 256,000 people right here in Nevada that would be able to have ... 19 weeks of groceries and three months of rent paid, just by raising the minimum wage,” Biden said. “It’s good for business, good for the economy, good for people.” [dailynews.com]
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    Not a government decision, let the market set wages!
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    Raising the minimum wage across the board just raises the cost of living to match it, therefore accomplishing nothing in the end. I started working for minimum wage, now earn over double minimum wage, and I am constantly working to improve my own financial standing. That is the duty of each member of our workforce, and...leaving that responsibility in the hands of our workers makes them more accountable. Being a hard-working, loyal member of a company presents you with opportunities to improve your financial standing. That is my responsibility, and it's the responsibility of all of this nation's working citizens..
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    “I strongly support the national movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, because it will lift millions of families out of poverty and create better customers for American businesses,” [huffingtonpost.com]
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    “I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this.” Read more at http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/03/17/3634877/jeb-bush-minimum-wage/
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    Some jobs and people are not worth $15/hour. Consider a teenager flipping burgers. Sure, they might not earn a living wage, but they don't NEED a living wage. And if a business isn't allowed to pay them something more reasonable, that teen now won't have that job and won't have ANY money, thanks to a federal minimum wage that doesn't account for those entry-level jobs and regional differences in standard of living.
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    Everyone works at minimum wage, for awhile. Then they increase their skills and become worth a higher rate of pay. If they won't increase their skills then minimum wage is all they should get.
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    raising the minimum wage could “do more harm than good.” -http://www.salon.com/2014/10/30/scott_walkers_minimum_wage_farce_partner/
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    The minimum wage has to be a living wage.
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    Minimum wage isn't supposed to be used to live forever on. If you want to make a decent living, go to school, get a good education, find a job that matters and then you will see why others complain about this. If you can't complete that there is always the military. As a veteran myself, it's worth it if you don't think school is for you right off the bat.
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