Idaho group pushes measure to hike minimum wage

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  • Boisegem boise, ID
    Jan. 6, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    To believe that raising the minimum wage would indeed impact a person with a college degree is outrageous and being that this is a right to work state, which in itself keeps wages at the lowest scale in our country is yet another reason that our minimum wage should be raised. Idaho is still a part of our union we are not another country within the union and our state should want to offer a prosperous economy to all that live here. When leading retailer such as Wal Mart pay the lowest wages to their employees impacts far beyond what the eye sees, many who work a full time job are still living within the poverty guidelines and are eligible for snap benefits and cash benefits from Health and Welfare and who pays for those entitlements? Yes that would be the tax payers of Idaho. Think beyond yourself and your limited, leave Idaho alone and look at the bigger picture. If someone is able to make a live-able wage they would be able to feed their families without the assistance of the government and the economy of our state would benefit.

  • LeaveIdahoalone Nampa, ID
    Jan. 1, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    Raising minimum wages causes lay-offs and fewer jobs. States with higher minimum wages do not prosper. Besides, it is not fair to those that get a college education to earn more, and those who work their way up in a career.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 2:10 a.m.

    States do have the right to establish minimum wages above the federal minimum wage standard and many states do have much better minimum wages laws. Utah is a close second to Idaho as lowest paid workers in the country, and if you counted all the l illegal undocumented workers who are not counted in wages in income statistics then I think Utah could unseat Idaho as the lowest paid workers. Utah is parallel with Nevada where they pay zero wages and workers pay is gratuities (tips) which is not anywhere near the federal minimum wage standards.

    Its time for workers in Utah to also demand a state workers rights laws and minimum wages to be increased and make it illegal for a business to hire employees with out a minimum wage from the employer. Make it illegal for retailers to force patrons of their business to pay tips to its workers they hire.