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Learn more about Minimum Wage
The federal minimum wage is the lowest wage at which employers may pay their employees. Since July 24, 2009 the U.S. federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour. In 2014 President Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and tying it to an inflation index. The federal minimum wage applies to all federal employees including raise those who work on military bases, national parks and veterans working in nursing homes. See recent minimum wage news
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Money should be directed to job training and creating better jobs. 2mon ago from a Republican in Rio Linda, CA.
Only if those receiving the new wage understand the consequences of paying for their own insurance and other benefits now paid for by employers...including their half of social security as do all self employed workers. 2mon ago from a Republican in Phoenix, AZ.
Base corporate taxes on the ratio between the highest paid and lowest paid (per hour) employees. 2mon ago from a Republican in Provo, UT.
Periodically it should be raised in order to adjust for inflation and the cost of living. 2mon ago from a Republican in Jackson, TN.
The area of the country should be taken into account. Fifteen dollars an hour will devastate the economy in the South. 2mon ago from a Republican in Aucilla, FL.
No. The government should step out of price controls/subsidies and allow the economy to be an economy truly based in capitalism. 2mon ago from a Republican in Harrodsburg, KY.
NO, doing that will certainly kill a lot of businesses. Those jobs are never meant to be homestead supporting jobs. We don't need immigrants coming in to fill these type of jobs either. We do however need to be able to get public transportation to where Minimum Wage workers can get to those jobs that can not afford cars with high property taxes and high cost insurance. (Ever notice how many of these insurance companies have high dollar television ads? I'm fed up with Geckos and Flo, aren't you?) $4.00 a gallon for gas didn't help either. 2mon ago from a Republican in Coffeyville, KS.
Stop the mass importation of foreign workers, this will raise the wages at the bottom. 2mon ago from a Republican in Chino Valley, AZ.
Allow unions to compete like a business to supply workers to work force, but not make mandatory. business chould not be able to collude to depress wages. eliminate non-compete clauses in contracts. 2mon ago from a Republican in Grandview, IL.
Minimum Wage is not meant to be a living wage...it provides entry level opportunities that would not otherwise exist. 2mon ago from a Republican in Atlanta, GA.
Bring back apprenticeships for training/ education at Minimum Wage with increases for licensed professionals. 2mon ago from a Republican in Aurora, CO.
No, the real issue is wealth inequality. 2mon ago from a Republican in Essex Fells, NJ.
The Minimum Wage should have a C.O.L.A. built into it and that would solve the problem. The democrats use it constantly as a hammer at election time then never do anything about it anyway. 2mon ago from a Republican in French Island, WI.
Tie Minimum Wage to the GDP or some other economic standard so it stays consistent with the growth of the economy. 2yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
End NAFTA bring real family supporting jobs back to the US. Walmart and McDonalds should be a kids job, not a job for a family man with a college degree. 2yr ago from a Republican in Chillicothe, MO.
No Minimum Wages hurt low income workers. I was an unwanted child born into a family with 7 other siblings, color blind, deaf in one ear and legally blind; I did not know it until Junior High School. My family got much of our food, clothing and other items from a local garbage dump. With high Minimum Wages, and current childhood labor protection laws, I would never have been able to work my way through college and Veterinary School; enter the Army and serve nearly six years of foreign service before going back to college to become a Veterinary Pathologist. I am retired as an Army Reserve Colonel and a retired Veterinary Pathologist (no thanks to the Obama Administration). Quite frankly, with the current minimum age and child labor laws, I would not stand a snow ball in HELLs chance of accomplishing anything that I accomplished in life - in Obama's Dream World, I would have been condemned to a life of living on Welfare. No thanks Mr. President. 2yr ago from a Republican in Ivins, UT.
The issue is the maximum wage, not the minimum. Companies need to distribute profit not only to shareholders, but to employees in the form of increased wages. 2yr ago from a Republican in Antioch, IL.
Minimum Wages is not the issue. Keep government out of private owned business. What should be done is to encourage youth to stay in high school and get a diploma; to do this, communicate the actual cost of living on one's own and the pay scale for working in retail or fast food or food service. Rather than hike a Minimum Wage; provide those in high school opportunity to work and go to school at night They have work experience, they bring questions to the classroom. This can be done with both high school and community colleges. Part time evenings is class and work in the day Part Time for the assoc. degree in a subject of interest. Encourage vocations (service) and that by working one's wage goes up as quality of work goes up. This serves the common good. 2yr ago from a Republican in Long Branch, NJ.
Minimum Wage jobs are usually entry level, low skill, not really intended to support families. incremental increases are ok adjusted for inflation, but raising wages as proposed by some advocates will result in higher prices for low end goods and services and actually result in more Minimum Wage workers forced to art time status or losing jobs completelt. 2yr ago from a Republican in Meriden, CT.
Leave the Minimum Wage where it is, but don't withhold taxes from this wage. Only social security. 2yr ago from a Republican in Cameron, NC.
No! Socialism kills jobs and wage earning options. Obama and his supporters are responsible for the decline (on all levels) in ability to make a living. Raising the Minimum Wage is never a fix. Admit it. The lack of real jobs for those who need to support a family is the problem. It seems that Americans would rather support Obama than their own families. Sad. 2yr ago from a Republican in Elgin, TX.
The Minimum Wage should be raised, but the government must allow the industries to use a immigration pool that has workers here on visas only and limited to right to work states only. 2yr ago from a Republican in Alameda, CA.
No, but since so many jobs have shifted from yearly salaries to hourly wages, and the cost of living varies in state to state, it should be up to the states, and where it's impossible to live on the current Minimum Wage, there should be a way to ensure a sustainable level for those who don't have any hours left in the day to work and survive. Maybe take a look at the demographics of those qualifying for subsidization, yet still working a certain amount of hours that should provide their ability to self sustain? Shoot, just repeal Obamacare so it can all work itself out. That's what it always comes down to. 2yr ago from a Republican in Kennedale, TX.
Not sure what the impact would really be. 2yr ago from a Republican in Wenatchee, WA.
Increase every 5-8 years to catch up but never jump ahead of inflation. 2yr ago from a Republican in West Jordan, UT.
Every large successful corporation that employs the "working Poor", should be taxed at a rate of 10 dollars for every dollar that is spent subsidizing food clothing and shelter, so those same said poor workers, can survive. 2yr ago from a Republican in Mercury, NV.
This a joke. The majority of people making Minimum Wage are young or part time or just starting to work. 2yr ago from a Republican in Tarboro, NC.
Only if it can be implemented along with preventing business to increase prices just to offset the costs and devalue the dollar. 2yr ago from a Republican in Zanesville, OH.
The extremes in cost of living require latitude in establishing min. wages needs to be done on local basis. 2yr ago from a Republican in Medina, OH.
Not unless the people are willing to accept higher prices on products as a result. 2yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
There should be two Minimum Wages. One for legal adults and one for minors. The Minimum Wage is a joke, a person can't even feed him or herself on that kind of a wage. 2yr ago from a Republican in Campbell, CA.
Yes, but keep it within reason, because it will only help raise costs for retirees. 2yr ago from a Republican in Melbourne, FL.
I think that the only way that raising the Minimum Wage would have any effect is to order a price freeze at the same time. 2yr ago from a Republican in Big Spring, TX.
Only for certain jobs and occupations. 2yr ago from a Republican in Sycamore, IL.
Set the Minimum Wage to a survivable amount, but don't raise too high to place too high of a burden on the business. 2yr ago from a Republican in North Little Rock, AR.
The economic impact of Minimum Wages should be studied more thoroughly before more adjustments are made. 2yr ago from a Republican in Beaverton, OR.
Stop allowing a less than Minimum Wage for wait staff. 2yr ago from a Republican in Everett, WA.
Increasing Minimum Wage causes prices to rise. Better to increase jobs that will naturally cause wage increase as businesses vy for best workers. 2yr ago from a Republican in Nixa, MO.
Yes . There should be a Minimum Wage for teenage workers an those over 21. It should also be adjusted according to inflation every year. 2yr ago from a Republican in Napa, CA.
Before we talk about raising the Minimum Wage, taxes for the job providers must be lowered significantly (both on the state and federal levels)and all unnecessary regulations should be eliminated. If that is done, more jobs will be created because the more money the job providers have, the more jobs they can create, the better able existing businesses will be to expand, more businesses can be more easily established thus bringing in more jobs and opportunities; producing a more competitive environment which would provided businesses and corporations to offer better services, and a greater variety of products at a competitive pricing level; all of which will help to lower the cost of living; the potential for such, which I have witnessed first hand, not to mention employers will have an incentive to pay higher wages and provide decent benefits to their employees. When all that which is required is done to create better job prospects and a much more competitive market place, then we can discuss whether or not a raise in the Minimum Wage is needed. 2yr ago from a Republican in Cutten, CA.
Give the states the power to decide, but prevent them from setting ridiculous standards. Provide the oppropriate wage to accomodate for the expense of living in the given geographical area. 2yr ago from a Republican in Deer Park, WA.
Increase it every few years, but never more than 20 percent at a time. 2yr ago from a Republican in Sallisaw, OK.
Wages should always be determined between the employer and employee. If you are willing to work for a lower wage than what you believe you are worth, that is your problem. 2yr ago from a Republican in Iona, ID.
No, when Minimum Wage raises prices everywhere go up and the dollar is just not worth what it used to be. 2yr ago from a Republican in Fredericksburg, TX.
Yes, adjusted for inflation in 4 or 5 yr increments...but No to "living wage". 2yr ago from a Republican in Midlothian, VA.
Federal Minimum Wage should be decreased slightly and set proportionately to congressional salaries. Both private and public sector positions should leave more room for advancement based on merit. 2yr ago from a Republican in North Richland Hills, TX.
No but the issue should be revisited every 2 yrs. 2yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Yes, and this should include waiters, etc. so they don't have to depend on tips for their income. Restaurants should pay their employees rather than this archaic method. 2yr ago from a Republican in Florissant, MO.
Yes, adjust the wage level according to inflation but not force Minimum Wage entry level jobs to become permanent family supporting levels as in fast foods. our young people need to learn how to work and entry level jobs and pay allow that. When they learn move on to higher income jobs . dont put fast food companies out of business because unskilled workers havent helped themselves to learn more valuable skills. 2yr ago from a Republican in Altamonte Springs, FL.
It depends. Is it sustainable when not all companies are profitable? Where will the money come from? Do you end free trade to accomplish this goal?. 2yr ago from a Republican in Acworth, GA.