Effort begins to raise minimum wage

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  • jsf Centerville, UT
    June 13, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Minimum wage is a liberal cause for getting elected. When ever it looks like the republicans have a chance to take seats away, minimum wage pops its head up as if it was a new issue. The last time it was raised the liberal party held the power. If they really wanted to "fix" the issue they would have tied the minimum wage to a cost of living index. When costs of living rose so would the minimum wage. I am not saying republicans are honorable in this issue, but, at least the democrats when they had the power could have fixed it. Again a policy the democrats have no desire to solve or fix in the long run of things.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 11, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    What many promoters of a higher minimum wage don't realize is that there are many, many current minimum wage jobs which are on the bubble... meaning that they are barely justifying their existence. And if forced to pay a double-digit percentage more for the same level of benefit those jobs are providing, it wouldn't be worth it to those employers. Many of those jobs would simply no longer exist. Fewer employees would be forced to do the same amount of work.

    It would seem much better to have teenagers working in jobs for $7+ per hour than not being able to find any work at all when their lack of employment skills can't justify a nearly $10 per hour cost to potential employers.

    Do the research. Whenever a substantial increase has occurred in the minimum wage, there has always been a corresponding increase in unemployment in that sector of the economy. It's not rocket science to look at the numbers and see the overall results.

    Yes, some current low paid, low skilled employees would keep their jobs and benefit. But many more would lose their jobs as a result of the resultant cost to their employers.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 11, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    The ironic thing is if you are a hard worker, are you going to go into a line of work that only pays minimum wage?

    To "ConservativeCommonTater" the blue states also have higher unemployment rates than the red states. If you want to get people off food stamps and any other welfare program, you have to get them working. Like it or not, the Red states are the ones getting people working.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    June 11, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    this is another BLUE vs RED State issue. The states with the highest levels of education, income, and living standards tend to be BLUE. They are competitive with higher wage levels, so why can't RED states do the same?

    If wages are increased, prices might take an incremental increase, BUT, more money would be going into Social Security and Medicare to help retirement down the road. It may also help decrease the number of people on food stamps, welfare, and other government programs.