Senate moves minimum wage proposal forward

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 2, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    How many times has the minimum wage been increased over the past four decades?

    Has poverty increased, or decreased in the past forty years?

    Come on people! Let's put on your thinking caps.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    May 2, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Mark b
    obama 's idea of maximum wage is the minimum wages excluding him and his pals. the c.o. is a pathetic "leader".

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 2, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    So why does the DN have a picture of BO when talking about something done in Massachusetts?

    Why does the DN run a headline that talks about the senate with a picture of BO, leading us to believe it is the US senate, and not the Massachusetts senate?

    They SAY they encourage a civil dialogue, then they run a headline with the photo like this that appears deceptive and inflames the posters.

    c'mon DN, you are better than this. aren't you?

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    May 2, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    I find many of the responses to this article laughable. They mention Obama. They mention China. They mention Obama's obsession with the minimum wage. The only thing I can think is that the Deseret News intentionally headlined this article the way they did to see if people actually read the articles before responding. The first four words of the story says it all "Boston - The state senate." People this is an article about the Massachusetts state legislature and what actions they are taking on their state's minimum wage. It has nothing to do with Obama, China or the United States congress. It is strictly Massachusetts.

  • nmjim SANDIA PARK, NM
    May 2, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    I wonder what free markets look like..... There hasn't been much freedom in our economy in my lifetime.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 2, 2014 4:33 a.m.

    Minimum wage is a laughable proposition when it has no meaning. We already have a minimum wage and most people are underpaid intentionally or by government allocation to busienss. Governemnt is footing the bill on wages and welfare subsidies. So what business does or pays is irrelevant and minimum wages are being denied by the state of Utah Governor and legislators.

    Since Utah is a service oriented economy most busienss in Utah don't even offer a wage to part time workers who have to beg for wages or cheat from customers who patronize Utah business.

    Minimum wage that is not enforceable is useless documents. It is already in the biding laws of contractors in this country that contractors must use higher union labor wages in bids. The kick is in all this lie is the contractors don't ahve to pay union wages or minimum wages to its workers and therefore the overage of labor is a cash benefit to the contractors. Charge the governemnt $50/man hour union wages on jobs then pay workers $15/hr and pocket the other $35 they collect in government contracts.

  • jr85 United Kingdom , 00
    May 2, 2014 12:50 a.m.

    I now live in a country where the minimum wage for adults is $16.50.
    The country has
    -Been recession free for nearly 23 years straight
    -One of the highest standards of living in the world
    -One of lowest debt to GDP ratios in the world
    -Had an average national unemployment rate of 5.5-6% for the past 13 years
    -Has one of the lowest poverty and crime rates in the world

    Yes things are a little more pricey but at least I know that the person serving me at the store can take care of their family better or the student at the restaurant serving me my meal doesnt have to worry AS MUCH with affording to go back to school.

    Happy to be here

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 1, 2014 11:38 p.m.

    @Kings Court--government can pick up the slack by relieving regulations.

    China having the largest econmomy, and not on the dollar currency will destroy us.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Raise it to 500$ an hour, that should ensure this won't have to be visited every year by our stupid lawmakers.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:54 p.m.

    The real problem is corporate welfare: businesses pay low wages and then expect the government to pick up the slack in the form of food stamps and government assistance so the corporate investors can make more money and put it in offshore accounts or invest in multinational corporations that hire workers in developing countries. That is the way the real economy is now working folks. For once, don't you think it is time to support your self-interest rather than the interests of those who are fleecing you? If businesses pay a living wage, there would be little need for government assistance. It is time to realize who is actually on welfare.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    @ Mark B:

    The Koch Brothers, Wal-Mart heirs, and offshore bankers already have the maximum wage well in hand.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 1, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    Absolutely. Where's the proposal to hike the MAXIMUM wage?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 1, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Obama is obsessed with minimum wages when he should be working to increase high paying jobs. Bad leadership all the way around.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    May 1, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    @ Patriot
    Yes, China soon will be the largest economy in the world. So what?

    China will still be a developing country. However if you compare GDP per capita you will see that there are many, many countries better positioned than China.

    It only makes sense that overpopulated countries as China and India should have bigger economies. Unfortuantely for them it doesn't mean they have overcome poverty and all that come with it.

    Compare China and Sweden. A giant economy and a small yet strong well distributed economy. Who is envying who?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 1, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    senate moves it forward and in the end this will accomplish nothing. This is small ball and all the while we sit and watch that China will move past the US as the worlds #1 economy this year. So let's see here under the Obama regime we have suffered our FIRST credit downgrade and now China will pass us as the worlds #1 ecomomy. This is hope and change. I think our kids and grandkids are in for a very depressing America