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Published: Sunday, Sept. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Gildas
LOGAN, UT

The problem is more to do with inflation, care of government and their bedfellows in the federal reserve, and unemployment care of government and employers who outsource and hire illegal aliens, apparently most employers.

We need to get to the root causes of these issues and not let politicians, special interests and media impose their own agendas and fantasies upon the people. The people themselves could be on better terms with the Almighty and I don't mean the almighty dollar.

Mark l
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Raising the minimum wage is not a way to help low wage workers. It is a way to increase unemployment. There is a market clearing price for labor, and if you raise that rate too high, employers with not hire more people. Employment will decrease, because job creators won't be able to afford higher rates, and will get by without extra help.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I would welcome a rise in the minimum wage under two caveats that the Congressperson doesn't address at all.

1. ENFORCE illegal immigration; including, but not limited to horrific fines, on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Without better enforcement even more employers will be adding the 3-4$ per hr. workers.

2. Repeal Obamacare. How many employers do you suppose are going to pay workers higher wages ALONG WITH providing forced government insurance to the new hires?

Actually, implementation of the first point might actually solve the minimum wage problem but we'll never really know because Kalifornia (the authors state) is one of the worst offenders when it comes to immigration enforcement.

higv
Dietrich, ID

Then businesses will have to raise prices. Were is minimum wage for business owners, since they can only pay what comes in to there business. Why should someone get paid merely for showing up when they don't produce that much money for the business in an hour. Were is incentive, Skills and education help people make more than minimum wage not government. Can people make more than minimum wage without government help?

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

"If you put in an honest day's work, you should not have to live in poverty." That would be nice, and not only in the US. It would be good world-wide.

An enforced minimum wage world-wide would not only address poverty, it would also prevent near slave-labor.

Increase the minimum wage, and place tariffs on goods from countries that refuse to treat their people fairly.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Completely agree with this excellent letter. As for concerns that it will be inflationary, it will increase unemployment, none of that happened previously when the minimum wage was increased, and they won't happen now. As for the imagined Obamacare apocalypse, read the legislation. Small businesses can receive assistance to help cover their employees.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

I would add that expanding union, say a Federation of Service Industry Employees, would automatically increase wages and opportunities for low income employees.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Another thing that would increase domestic employment would be to radically reduce the corporate tax which is the highest in the world here in the USA and is a siificant part of the reason that corporatios outsource. I'm all for removing that disincentive from American companies. American workers do a good job, often far better than the Chinese worker who approaches production in a more collective way than tne American worker.

Chinese wages have been increasing for some time and the gap between the American and Chinese wage bill has consequently narrowed somewhat; reduce our maximum corporate tax to, say 20% (Chinese is 25% if I remember right), and corporations may have neither reason nor pretext for outsourcing. A few UK firms have already moved factories back "home" (to Britain)and save enough on the expenses associated with outsourcing to make it feasible.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

@higv

I believe the word you were searching for is "where." But in answer to your questions, here's another: Why don't we just give all productive workers in a business a "fair" share of the profits? Then we don't have to worry about minimum wage. Their pay would then be similar to that of the business owner who assumes he "owns" the whole enchilada, including the lives, ideas, and productive efforts of the people he employs ("employ" being a synonym for "use"). How each business decides what is "fair" is up for discussion and should probably be made democratically (it's sort of the American way), but at least this would be a starting point for correcting the gross imbalance in wealth we are nurturing in this country and that will eventually be our downfall.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

No, lets cut the minimum wage. That way the wealthy can hoard even more money and create more jobs in Asia and India.

jsf
Centerville, UT

The Obama admin passed the last min wage raise and here we are talking about it again. Why did they not tie it to the price index so we could be done with the issue? Min wage is the biggest political football the dems can use. Goes right along with the entitlement mentality. Lets get it fixed and tied to a price index.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The "minimum wage" is just another fantasy cooked up by Congress to buy votes in an election year. Anyone who can read knows what happens when the "minimum wage" is raised. PRICES GO UP to compensate. Because government takes such a huge bite out of our paychecks, prices go up even higher than wages.

Just visit your local McDonalds. How much does a Big Mac cost today? How much did it costs before the last "minimum wage" increase? Get a clue, Congress. You don't have the authority to legislate wages. It's not in the Constitution.

If Congress wants to do something proactive, then require them to index income taxes to inflation. In other words, if inflation destroys our buying power, then raise the ceiling in each tax bracket to compensate. That is something that Congress has the power and the authority to do - but they never will. Increasing the minimum wage has a trickle effect causing all wages to go up - meaning that we get hit with a defacto tax increase even as our buying power goes down.

KDave
Moab, UT

How about a maximum wage? Starting with Govt. workers.

wrz
Ogden, UT

"yes, the country should increase the minimum wage"

disagreed.

Increasing the minimum wage will only send more jobs overseas, increasing our unemployment qrate. What does it take to convince people that we are in a global market? Other countries, hungry for jobs, can produce as well with cheaper wages... such as China and Japan. This regardless of what is set as a minimum wage. Go to Wal-Mart or any big box store and look at any merchandise. What do you see? 'Made in China.' 'Made in Indonesia.' Etc. How can we reduce unemployment in the US with that scenario? Jobs flipping hamburgers at McDonald's and selling auto insurance just won't cut it.

Not only do foreigners pay lower wages, they have little or no payroll taxes such as SS and medicare. And by and large, their corporate taxes undercut ours by significant percentages.

I fear Obama's 8.5% unemployment is here to stay... if we can only keep it. In the future we will be looking back at an 8.5 saying WOW! if we could only get back to that low 8.5% rate?

When will we wake up?

killpack
Sandy, UT

"According to the Economic Policy Institute, the raise to $9.80 an hour would create roughly 100,000 new net jobs while increasing GDP by about $25 billion."

This is pure fantasy! Do not believe these phony numbers! It is IMPOSSIBLE to raise minimum wage and create jobs. It goes against everything that is logical. I believe in free speech, but this person seriously needs to take a basic course in Economics before writing nonsense. Shame on whoever published this. It is an utter falsehood. Raising the minimum wage to $9.80 (an increase of over 25%!) will NOT create 100,000 net new jobs. It will destroy jobs! Businesses will not hire more people if minimum wage is increased. They will be LESS inclined to hire. This should be obvious to everyone. Do not fall for this silliness.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

killpack
Sorry, read the EPI's report. There is no evidence that an increase in the minimum wage destroys jobs.

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