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Published: Monday, April 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Grand Rapids, MI

If you want to raise someone's raise, offer him a job for more money than he's making now.

Merritt Island, Fl

When I see a Corp. who make Billions and treat the employees like indentured slaves, I ask is there justice.
When these Corp quietly receive subsidies in the form of Public Assistance for the employees then it is past time to balance the books. Others may say "find another job" which is fine, but just where were these jobs when huge tax breaks were given to "job creators"? That money in the Trillions went to overseas banks waiting for the economy to improve and they were given a free pass to repatriate their illegal funds back into the Corp coffers.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Obsession with raising the minimum wage is not the answer. More high paying jobs is the answer!

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

A higher starting wage attracts better workers. Better workers produce better quality and service. Better quality and service means more business. More business means more profit. Why cannot Conservatives see this!

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

LOU. Conservatives absolutely do see that! Its liberals who are obsessed with raising the minimum wage. Conservatives believe productivity produces prosperity, not minimum wages.

Saint George, UT

LOL. Great! We now give the illusion of helping people by raising people from very poor to just a little bit more than very poor! What a joke. Anybody that thinks raising the mimimum wage will do anything,other than allow those millionaire Democratic lawmakers to assuage their guilt for not doing anything to really help the poor, is ignorant of reality!

clearfield, UT

So If I were among the Republican operatives who looked to the election issues, I'd let the bill pass in the Senate, with a few safe Republicans to support it, and then it certainly would not pass in the House. According to polls, there is no way the House is threatend with a Democrat take over this November. The Senate however is very much up for grabs. By doing that, the Republicans take the issue away from the Senate and increase their chances of winning it in November.

Midwest City, USA, OK

With full concern of people stuck trying to live off of minimum wage in mind, without any excess in callousness or lack of mercy:

Mandated minimum wage hikes are not economically sound. They're just not; that's why education is so important. If people want to get jobs doing minimum-wage-level work, there need to be more people doing more educated work so that there are fewer people applying for unskilled labor. That's just how markets work.

No, as nice as it sounds on the surface to a well-meaning but inexperienced person unfamiliar with history, socialism isn't a favorable answer, because then no one becomes educated because it's not worthwhile.

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

I am a conservative and usually vote Republican, but Republicans had better start paying more attention to working class America if they expect to prosper. The pathetic minimum wage and increasingly lax labor standards enforcement are poisoning the economy, AND the attitude of working class Americans. The 1950's and early 1960's were a perfect example of how a buoyant minimum wage supported a growing and stable economy.

salt lake city, UT

Oh where have you gone Teddy Roosevelt?

Saint George, UT

Minimum wage is an illusion, one that mystifies those who wander in darkness! That is can keep the Democrats and the Republicans, as well as the ignorant populous, arguing it makes for a sad commentary on our republic and how to truly help the poor! In the meantime, a simple laugh will have to do!

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Thid Barker -

"Conservatives believe productivity produces prosperity, . . . "

Absolutely . . . And what is productivity? It's the ratio of output over input.

Low wages equate to low input and, consequently, higher productivity.

Thus companies that shifted manufacturing to other nations raised productivity, and they increased their own prosperity . . . While greatly reducing the prosperity of American workers.

That's American Conservatism for you. A few people profit as most Americans suffer.

Deep Space 9, Ut

Are we forgetting that the CBO recently released a report stating that if minimum wage was increased that we would lose 500,000 jobs?

Also, there are only 1.5 million jobs that pay minimum wage. There are about 300 million people in the US. That means that only 0.5% of the US population will benefit from raising the minimum wage.

To "GaryO" don't you think that more people will suffer when jobs are lost than will suffer if they keep working for minimum wage?

This is a typical liberal plan. Hurt the majority to benefit a minority.

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Redshirt -

I am not an advocate of raising the minimum wage.

In my view, the people who would benefit most from raising the minimum wage are big debtors, because raising the minimum wage would also increase inflation, which in turn would lower the value of the dollar, and that would make massive debt less massive. But it would not benefit anyone else in the long term.

And that would not "promote the general welfare."

Centerville, UT

If democrats really cared about minimum wages, would they not tie it to a cost of living index. No they never do. They need it when ever they need a cause to get re elected.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Why not make the minimum wage $100/hour?

Then we'd all be rich.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "GaryO" actually it wouldn't help the big debtors. They would be able to pay off their debts, but typically big debtors that do not earn much are also bad at managing their money. After a short time those debtors would be in debt again or would just add to the debt that they have. In the end it would do more harm than good.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

according to the BLS and DOL, the 10 jurisdictions with the highest unemployment (DC and 9 states), all but 2 have a minimum wage law above the federal level. Of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment, only 1 has a higher minimum wage law.

The state with the lowest unemployment is ND, which does not have a minimum wage law above the federal law. The average weekly wage in ND is HIGHER than in Ohio, which HAS a higher minimum wage law.

Minimum wage laws do very little, if anything, for the benefit of the working poor. They just stiffle job creation.

Virginia Beach, VA

Redshirt -

You're still wrong.

Inflation helps debtors because inflation reduces their real debt.

It's as simple as that.

It's not a matter of opinion. It's just math.

Salt Lake City, UT

Obama saddles the US economy with a slurry of shovel ready minimum wage jobs and kills the middle class!

And the Libs think raising the minimum wage a couple of bucks will fix it, and fail to see that doing so will swell the unemployment lines....no wonder the liberals are losing voters!

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