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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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Tie minimum wage to the GDP or some other economic standard so it stays consistent with the growth of the economy. 12mons 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. 12mons 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. 12mons 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Kennedale, TX.
Not sure what the impact would really be. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wenatchee, WA.
Increase every 5-8 years to catch up but never jump ahead of inflation. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Medina, OH.
Not unless the people are willing to accept higher prices on products as a result. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Campbell, CA.
Yes, but keep it within reason, because it will only help raise costs for retirees. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Big Spring, TX.
Only for certain jobs and occupations. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Beaverton, OR.
Stop allowing a less than minimum wage for wait staff. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Deer Park, WA.
Increase it every few years, but never more than 20 percent at a time. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Fredericksburg, TX.
Yes, adjusted for inflation in 4 or 5 yr increments...but No to "living wage". 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in North Richland Hills, TX.
No but the issue should be revisited every 2 yrs. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Acworth, GA.
What we need to do is repeal Civil Rights Act and bring back Jim Crow, lower minimum wage for niggers. 1yr ago from a Republican in Venice, CA.
There should not have been a minimum wage law without a maximum wage law. Our military in time of war or in hostile situations should be paid more than professional athletes. When ever the minimum wage is raised it forces businesses to raise their prices, so in the end, the poor are still poor. A maximum wage law would allow businesses to reinvest in their business and hire more people. 1yr ago from a Republican in Vandergrift, PA.
Let the market decide. If no one can afford to work for 7.25, the wage will go up. 1yr ago from a Republican in Black River Falls, WI.
No, slavery should be reincorporated into the federal economy. 1yr ago from a Republican in Durant, OK.
Stop allowing market manipulations for the sake of uncompetitive corporations. Keep money responsible enough for each dollar to be worth at least .99 cents in buying power. 1yr ago from a Republican in Oldsmar, FL.
Yes but only to about $9 or $10. 1yr ago from a Republican in Oxford, OH.
Raising the federal minimum wage will increase the cost of the goods produced. That being said, because so many people are forced to take these jobs with educations, I do think that there should be incentives for allowing employees to get better pay and move up the chain. 1yr ago from a Republican in Macon, GA.
Yes but only slightly. The Feds should be doing more to creat jobs, like getting out of business way, so that more Americans do not end up trying to live on minimum wage which should be for entry level positions historically held by young unskilled un-married individuals. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
TOO MANY NEGATIVES FOR THE NEXPERIENCED JOB SEARCHER... MA NOT BE HIRED BECAUSE OF THEIR INEXPERIENCE ON A COST EFFECTIVE BASIS FOR CO. 1yr ago from a Republican in Taylor, PA.
No, but they should find a way to decrease inflation so people can afford more with what they earn. Minimum wage just isn't enough to support a family anymore because prices seem to be so high. 1yr ago from a Republican in Irwin, PA.
No need to raise the minimum wage, if we would simply enforce immigration properly and deport illegals. Wages would rise naturally with less downward competitive pressure for those jobs. 1yr ago from a Republican in Southlake, TX.
NO, Raising minimum wage only encourages inflation. 1yr ago from a Republican in Elk River, MN.
Raising the minimum wage will only increase to cost of living, which will also harm those who we are trying to help. It will also increase unemployment by eliminating jobs the least qualified are being hired in. Those employers will hire fewer employees with the use of automation and increase their number of part time workers. Every time we attempt to cure some social evil we create others. So, sometimes we need to allow economics to determine needed salaries. 1yr ago from a Republican in Grand Forks, ND.