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No, most minimum wage jobs are meant to develop experience, not support a family

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@4QS229Mfrom Tennessee  answered…2yrs

Two points: minimum wage laws are immoral for several reasons not the least of which is a violation of private property rights of the owner and the right of contract for the prospective employee. It is none of the government's business how people earn a living.

@4QTF77Vfrom Georgia  answered…2yrs

I believe that all of these stances hold some truth. Most minimum wage jobs aren't meant to support families and increasing the minimum wage will increase prices and result in a drastic loss in available jobs as more companies will begin to replace human workers with machines. But I also believe that the wage should be increased to some extent to make our lives easier and adjusting it by age group so that a forty year old man isn't making the same wage as a sixteen year old kid.

@595NMQCfrom California  answered…2yrs

No because people who went to college worked their butts off just to get $15 and people who didn't go to school are just being handed money for not finishing school or having low skills

@7PD2Q7FSocialist from Missouri commented…2yrs

Yes, and make it a living wage

You can't demand/expect a service if you are not willing to pay those who provide it enough to live. Figuring that one's labor is required then the arbitrary metric of "skill" doesn't apply. A rhetorical question explaining this is "Who is deserves more money, A doctor or the farmer that feeds him?" Since the farmer's labor is needed for the doctor to survive and have enough energy to actually provide medical care, then they are of equal value and deserve equal compensation, no matter how "skilled" the doctor is.

@4QSWF2Yfrom Florida  answered…2yrs

No one will work more that 20 hours a week, if that, with a higher minimum wage. Companies will artificially inflate their number of workers because they will each work about 4 hours a day. Less work, less money, less "unemployment".

@4RN69MCfrom Alabama  answered…2yrs

Yes, and make it enough to keep a full time worker at minimum wage above the poverty line.

@4RM4GSFfrom Utah  answered…2yrs

This will hurt those people in poverty!!!!!!!!!!

@8SKKHSB from Oregon disagreed…1yr

Yes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

Minimum wage currently is not a living wage. The reason corporate entities pay their employees less is because they can and want to profit more. Forcing them to pay a fair wage helps those in poverty. A wage must be a living wage otherwise why even work if it isn't enough to live?

@4RGF8YYfrom Michigan  answered…2yrs

If you increase minimum wage, raise the already employed the same percentage as you do minimum wage. There is no reason an entry level employee should make the same as a senior employee!

@4RHNMFFfrom Texas  answered…2yrs

Yes, as businesses that cannot pay workers living wages should not have workers.

@4RML2RRfrom Washington  answered…2yrs

Due to the varying levels of cost of living across the nation the federal government should not set a wage but set standards for increases based off COL increases in areas

@4S6S5J7from Texas  answered…2yrs

No, not to $15 an hour. I did not go into significant school debt for a degree that pays less than an employee at Mcdonalds. What would have been the point? That basically tells me I went into debt for nothing. I am drowning in school debt for NOTHING! Raising the minimum wage that much will only cause job loss, more automation and higher job competition. Which like in my industry means more unpaid 'internships' and less paid jobs with high competition. You can't make a living working for free.

@4RN686Zfrom California  answered…2yrs

It should have a minimum but it combines a number of issues: It goes up like it always has in small incremental stages:Yes, and adjust it every year according to inflation - No, most minimum wage jobs are meant to develop experience, not support a family - No, this will only cause prices to increase in a never ending cycle

@4SYQ2QQfrom Connecticut  answered…2yrs

Yes, but also increase the EITCs (earned income tax credit) just as much

@4RHKXTXfrom New York  answered…2yrs

No, this will cause prices to increase in a never ending cycle as well as reward bad employees and punish good employees, and hurts businesses who can't afford it

@4XCDR4Kfrom Maine  answered…2yrs

@4RMHTTJfrom Kentucky  answered…2yrs

NO they should not. Lower the cost of food and groceries there is so much waste in the U.S. as it is. why not lower prices so the food sells. would also save money on welfare pay outs.

@4RNK9FDfrom Tennessee  answered…2yrs

No, This should be on a state level. Putting Mississippi and Washington in the same economic bracket is foolish

@4S49522from Virginia  answered…2yrs

For fast food workers, absolutely not! But depending on what job, then yes!!! Our Military should have the highest paying jobs and they definitely DO NOT!!!

@95WJQZFfrom Maine  answered…5mins

Nordic countries have no minimum wage yet the workers there are well paid and happy. Instead of a minimum wage, labour unions should be the standard for everyone.

@95WHMQG from Utah answered…1hr

This doesn’t matter cause the current state of the country, everyone needs workers and they are already raising the minimum wage,

@95WBR8CSocialist from Florida answered…4hrs

@95W83XK from Maryland answered…6hrs

@95W6J59 from Virginia answered…7hrs

@95VLL4S from Oregon answered…17hrs

A blanket raise, across all locations, may cause economic issues. How much a dollar is worth in one city is quite different than another.

@95VJL9M from Hawaii answered…20hrs

Have it enough to afford basic living costs. May possibly need to vary depending on the state.

@95VH354Independent from North Carolina answered…22hrs

@95V96NR from Tennessee answered…1 day

Yes, but also cap maximum wages at corporations to a multiple of the minimum within that corporation

@95V8GZF from Arizona answered…1 day

Make it a living wage, and adjust it yearly according to inflation.

@95TJMW6 from Utah answered…2 days

Minimum wage should vary based on location. It is much more expensive to live in NYC than Wyoming

@95THC3J from Missouri answered…2 days

Eliminate wage standards on the federal level, but encourage each state to enforce a living wage based on local cost of living

@95TDGB7 from New York answered…2 days

Yes and should be based on the area cost of living not a blanketed increase.

@95TCFPS from Missouri answered…2 days

The cost of living needs to be stabilized so that income can be as well. Inflation will continue to drive this issue without intervention.

@95T8D9Y from California answered…2 days

@95T4QWT from California answered…2 days

Yes. Make it a livable wage based on local standard of living and not national standard.

@95T3BZS from Utah answered…2 days

Only accordingly to inflation, but there is a caveat with this; if we increase the minimum wage inflation might increase and companies that don't want to hand out their money will lay off workers just like Great Depression. Eventually cascading further until we have to reform. But this is just a theory.

@95T2FJ4Independent from Maine answered…2 days

too complex an issue. a different structure is needed to ensure all people have the potential for a livable wage.

@95SZ9ZYfrom Maine  answered…2 days

Abolish the minimum wage, and have the parties of the labor market (job providers, laborers, unions, job providers organizations) take care of all negotiations of wages; modeled after Sweden.

@95SL549Republican from Oregon answered…2 days

It would be more meaningful to do some thing about the cost of living, a one bedroom apartment should be adorable to a single earner.

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