California lawmakers weigh nation's highest minimum wage

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  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    April 1, 2016 1:48 p.m.

    The “living wage” argument is a myth. In college thirty years ago, I found a very, very cheap apartment, and roomed with a significantly older graduate student from China, who had left his wife and child in China while he studied. He lived so frugally (in my estimation), that he used his old copies of the People’s Daily newspaper for toilet paper. I thought I was living frugally. But, relatively speaking, I was a rich college student. I decided to foot the bill for real toilet paper (2-ply to boot) and told him he could use it whenever he wanted.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 1, 2016 9:58 a.m.

    Higher wages are earned. Not given.

    Just that simple.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2016 9:12 p.m.

    So does Reagan's 'trickle down economics' really work? Since those who oppose this are almost certainly Reagan fans, I guess they don't really believe Reagan.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2016 7:17 p.m.

    The wealthy have forced this situation and are all over the country. There is push on the other extreme because the middle class is being chipped away and more people are being pushed into poverty. Their greed and gearing all the rules to their benefit is becoming their downfall.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2016 3:18 p.m.

    patriot
    Cedar Hills, UT

    Why stop at $15 -- why not $25 or $45? I mean in a state that is already broke and bankrupt you might just as well dig the hole deeper while you can --- until the money all runs out that is. Jerry Brown couldn't run a lemonade stand.

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    Are you sure they are still broke? Look it up, btw. I think you may be surprised.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 31, 2016 2:07 p.m.

    Why stop at $15 -- why not $25 or $45? I mean in a state that is already broke and bankrupt you might just as well dig the hole deeper while you can --- until the money all runs out that is. Jerry Brown couldn't run a lemonade stand.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 31, 2016 1:00 p.m.

    @LOU Montana.
    Seems like high tariffs and punishing companies outsource jobs overseas might help make Seattle and California’s higher wages work. I think Trump might be the man you're looking for to make this work.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 31, 2016 12:48 p.m.

    LOU
    forcing raised wages whether the labor is worth it or not is not the answer.

    according to the census bureau, the median household income in Kalifornia with its higher minimum wage law is 60,487. In Washington with its higher minimum wage law it is 59,068. In Utah, with its federal-level minimum wage law it is 63,383. HIGHER than both Kalifornia and Washington. Maybe it is not minimum wage laws that raise people out of poverty, but personal responsibility and PEOPLE making themselves more qualified that raises people out of poverty.

    It probably has a lot to do with a business-friendly environment, which Utah has.

    Colorado? 60,940.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 31, 2016 12:10 p.m.

    DN Subscriber,CottonwoodHeights,UT; With the global economy the GOP has not tried to stop businesses from going out of country (Profit before People).

    I applaud Seattle and California for taking steps to make their state's income better.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 31, 2016 9:43 a.m.

    Why only $15 per hour? Everyone should have the right to live the good live like lawyers, sports stars and Hollywood celebrities!

    I demand a minimum wage of $50 per hour at least!

    By the way, those enraptured by the prospect of the $15 wage coming to Kalifornia might want to see how it is working out in the People's Paradise of Seattle. It seems that thousands of jobs have been lost and businesses closed as a direct result. Oh, and thousands of jobs and new businesses have sprung up in surrounding areas.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2016 9:11 a.m.

    So at $15/hour working full-time they would make $31,200 per year. Companies most likely won't hire people at full-time 30+ hours due to obamacare and being forced to pay taxes or health insurance. So now the most they can make is less than $23,400/year. Well below the poverty line for a family of 4.

    So what is the point of raising the costs for employers and costs for consumers?

    Well we know California is very well documented, with using slave labor from a bordering nation. So that won't affect that wage. Higher pay, means the politicians get to collect more taxes from people.

    It's a social experiment that will fail as it already has in other states and cities that tried it.

    For some reason the market doesn't react well to artificially high wages for labor and entry level positions.

    Remember the minimum wage is just that. If the market is demanding higher wages, they will be given higher wages. This is just politicians trying to get votes for themselves.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2016 8:56 a.m.

    $15 and hour still isn't a livable wage is most areas in California with most people there making more than that already.
    Every penny of that $15/hour will go back in to the economy when the employees buy food, pay bills, etc.
    This isn't the armageddon that the cons have convinced themselves it will become.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 31, 2016 8:54 a.m.

    Higher wages lead to more tax revenue.

    Go for it!