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  • There should be a raise in the average pay as for those who disagree you will see the ramifications as we always do.

    I do agree with this statement because if u see a taxpayer having to lend loans out to people and taking money that they will have to pay back it is worthless . But if we were to raise the average pay from $7.00USD to $9.00USD it will have a drastic out come for the family that are living in the dumps of America . America was built on the word of the four fathers to have equal rights and that includes the pay we receive . By that statement we are not full american's if we are not being as equal .

  • Economics is all about inflation!

    Government should not increase minimum wage. As unfortunate as it sounds, raising the minimum wage will cause a drop in the job market. If a major retailer had to raise their wages for their workers they would have to get the money from somewhere. That means a raise in the price of goods and the laying off of positions that could be replaced by automated systems. The repercussion of this is an increase in Demand and a lowering of Supply. This means along with the minimum wage increasing, so would the expenses associated with living. There would be an increase in the PRICE of goods and services. A job Shortage would lead to a higher crime rate and poverty. Another part of this argument is the fact that minimum wage is not meant to be enough to sustain a person. This leads them to do their job to the best of their ability and get them a promotion. The idea is that a person will continue to progress in their field of work in order to increase their means of living.

  • Living cost high

    Yes, raising minimum wage to $15 dlls per hour will help the actual global economic crisis in all living and prosperity aspects for the whole word, specially to our country & all citizens of united states .Imagine the future for our children & new generation to come? Therefore, we must act now before is to late. This will be just the starting of a right decision to avoid the worse global economic collapse. We have all the sources, technology, and brains to do it. But without capital and strong private investors we won't success. We must move forward for a better decent surviving life and better future, god blessed us.

  • The recent demands by McDonald workers should be met and the national minimum wage should be raised 3 dollars.

    Businesses all around complain that raising the minimum wage would be a bad idea as it would hurt business profits and for some businesses claim the increase would shut them down. There is a simple solution to this: just make more money. In 2006 The Departed came out and one of the scenes has some point to this debate. At one point a gangster is shaking down a small business man for money, the business man complains that paying the gangsters puts him in the hole with no profit, the gangster says "Well, make more f*****g money. This is America, if you don't make money your a f*****g d*****bag, so what are you going to do?" Similarly, to all businessmen arguing against higher minimum wages I say make more f*****g money.

  • I cannot live

    I earn the minimum wage, I work 45 hours a week but still cannot afford a night out. New clothes. A holiday. Yet I listen to unemployed who can afford so much more. I do not expect benefits to be cut, but I do think its about time we earned a decent wage for a decent days work.

  • I'm paid minimum wage!

    You can't support yourself in todays economy on the current minimum wage. And if you can, you barely get by. I've read the studies and ramifications. And sure the big boys upstairs would feel it in their checkbooks for a short while, but the long run would see great promise.

  • It is important for minimum wage to be increased in order to cover cost of living.

    It is important for the minimum wage to be increased because parents that do not have degrees can not afford to support their families without government help because they simply do not make enough money. People that have not gotten degrees because they could not afford them or have had families early and do not have the time or resources to go to school can not get a job that pays over minimum wage, most of the time. Raising it would help these people afford to support their families on their own. Also the minimum wage is not keeping up with inflation making it harder and harder for people to afford things, which is affecting the economy even more because people are not buying, or they will buy cheap things that are made somewhere else, which stimulates a different country's economy.

  • yes,it is important

    Yes the minimum wage should be raised for one simple reason but I will give you many reasons to think about and something that nobody even thinks of.

    The minimum wage should be raised because it has not kept up with inflation over the years. Therefore, its buying has declined by well over 70%. Because of this decline the minimum wage no longer does what it was intended to do. This intent was to give the lowest paid workers a decent standard of living and they were paid a real living wage. As a result of the fact that it no longer does what it was designed to do, the minimum wage should either be done away with totally or raised by a factor of 5 at the very least.

  • Live Life Better

    Everything we need to live is getting more and more expensive. From personal hygiene to food, to clothing. When is the Government going to see that people on minimum wage need to live also. Three weeks isn't enough time for the government to live like we do. Try a year.

  • Narrow the wealth gap

    The business cycle is determined by many parties such as government and citizens. To reduce the population of poverty in order to balance the wealth gap between rich and poor is not only governments responsibly, it also needs employers’ effort and cooperation. As we can see, normally rich are employers; similarly, poor are employees. Each of employees only get a small portion of firm’s profit; however, employers get the higher scale of its profit. The disproportionately in distribution of profit is the main reason in causing wealth gap as it make employers are getting richer and workers are getting poorer. Even though reduction in the wealth gap is taken long time, it is better than doing nothing for balancing the wealth gap.

  • Theres No Point

    No, the government should not raise the minimum wage. Sadly, raising the minimum wage will hurt the smaller businesses that cannot afford to pay their employees more than what the minimum is now. Raising minimum wage is a vicious circle – the government raises it because it hasn’t been raised in years and as soon as it’s raised, everything else goes up immediately to compensate, so there really is no point at all in trying to raise it – it is a “no-win” situation.

  • No, The Government Should Not Raise The Minimum Wage

    The minimum wage was never designed to be a "living wage", it was, for all intent and purpose, to be a safeguard against legalized slavery. If a company wants decent workers, they will pay a decent wage. If the jobs are too low paying, no one will want them and it will force the rates to be increased. Also, if the rates are too low, it will also discourage illegal immigration. A minimum wage job is a starting point, not a career. And continuously increasing that wage only raises the costs of all goods and those earning that minimum wage will have their income go less farther.

  • We need to quit focusing on the wrong issues.

    While minimum wage is not what we need as a "living" wage, it is not something that should be regulated or artificially inflated. Raising the minimum wage solves nothing. It results in higher cost of goods, higher taxes levied on businesses, higher unemployment, higher the poverty level, etc. You can raise the minimum wage to $75,000 a year and you will end up with a $75,000 a year poverty level.

    We need to reduce our reliance in "low" cost imports. Given the scenario where there is NO imports of ANY goods into the United States and we have to rely on what we can produce and sell in country, what impact would that model have to our economy? Every purchase made would be directly circulated back in to the US economy employing more US workers. Currently I could not afford to buy "Made in the USA" items (providing they are available) more than 10-20% of the time. The poorer the population becomes the more we look to cheaper alternatives (goods). The cheaper goods are produced outside of the United States. It's not realistic to think we could become 100% self sufficient but there is a large gap that can be narrowed.

    Encourage those that "have" to spend their money (and increase their spending) in the US on US made goods instead of penalizing them. Remember the "Luxury Tax" in the 80's? I think it was the 80's. I have to find that info again. It devastated the boat building industry in the United States and cost more in unemployment than it raised in tax revenues. It sent those that "have" scurrying out of the country to buy their boats, jewelry, etc. The boat building industry has never recovered to where it was before the "luxury tax".

    There are many more issues that we should be focusing on that would provide a better "living" wage as opposed to trying to band aid the problem with a minimum wage increase.

    Just say "no" to band aids.

  • What happened in Detroit?

    Most of the people that are voting yes are the one being payed the minamage wage, but what about the people paying it? It is easy to say you want more when your not the one paying the cost. If it were easy for businesses to pay higher wages, then they would! Now think about this. If a buisness has 3 people working for it, and it is a very small buisness, but the people want to be payed more. So they start getting people to protest and then the minimum wage gets raised. The buisness can no longer pay all 3, so they fire one. Now that person that wanted more, has nothing at all. This is precisely what happened in Detroit. Detroit was known for having amazing cars. But after a while the people in detroit wanted the wage to be higher, so they made the car companies pay them more. In the end the companies could not afford to pay them, so after laying thousands of people off, they eventually all moved to a place where the minimum wage was lower, to prevent shutting down. This completely crashed the economy. So wanting something but not paying the costs is not all fair. And if you want to be payed more that much, go to a higher income job.

  • Economics is all about inflation!

    Government should not increase minimum wage. As unfortunate as it sounds, raising the minimum wage will cause a drop in the job market. If a major retailer had to raise their wages for their workers they would have to get the money from somewhere. That means a raise in the price of goods and the laying off of positions that could be replaced by automated systems. The repercussion of this is an increase in Demand and a lowering of Supply. This means along with the minimum wage increasing, so would the expenses associated with living. There would be an increase in the PRICE of goods and services. A job Shortage would lead to a higher crime rate and poverty. Another part of this argument is the fact that minimum wage is not meant to be enough to sustain a person. This leads them to do their job to the best of their ability and get them a promotion. The idea is that a person will continue to progress in their field of work in order to increase their means of living.

  • What's the point?

    If minimum wage increases business cost will rise which will lead to layoffs and higher consumer prices. Once consumers prices rise to a certain level than the people earning the new minimum wage will want another increase. Its just an ongoing domino effect and in the end its pointless. Plus most people earning minimum wage are unskilled, uneducated, earn tips, or don't have job experience.

  • Minimum wage should not be raised.

    With the current recession of the US and the subsequent economic status of many of its citizens, many believe that raising the minimum raise is the solution, improving the quality of life for all. In fact, rather than improving conditions, that action would prevent full employment and delay economic growth. Small business owners struggle today and when businesses have allocated a certain amount of money for overhead, and overhead costs increase, the businesses will suffer even more, especially when considering the fact that a raise in wages will not increase profitability. People that are currently making above minimum wage will get a increase in wages as well.
    An increase in payroll would also force business owners to compensate. For example:
    -Firing some employees
    -Limiting hours of some employees so their take-home pay would end up staying constant as when the wage was lower
    -Cutting the business owners’ own pay
    Having an employees’ hours cut would cause the business profit to be less, going against the spirit of entrepreneurship
    Too much government regulation proves to have more consequences than benefits. In the United States’ current economic state, the free market can handle the issues of unemployment and poverty than government interference. Ultimately, the minimum wage should be left between the employer and employee. Business owners should pay their employees what they think they’re worth, it’s their own business, their own money, and if employees do not think that the conditions are fair, they have the option of seeking employment elsewhere.

  • Just think about it.

    If the minimum wage was increased even the slightest, then the price of goods is raised just that much. On top of that, employers will be paying more for services, so they can't afford as many workers. So not only are there fewer jobs, but a higher cost to everyone, employed or unemployed, minimum wage or millionaires.

  • Dont waise minimum wage

    It will only raise the prices of goods, and will not inspire those to go further and get a degree. It would make businesses struggle because they can not afford to have higher worker costs. It will be more difficult for smaller businesses to run.. This is all very idiotic to me.

  • We should raise PRODUCTIVITY not the minimum wage.

    "Small businesses account for 90 per cent of firms in New Zealand. We are a small, husband-and-wife-run company employing four staff who are paid just over the minimum wage at $14.50.

    Raising this to $16.25 would cost our company $14,560 a year. As if this was not bad enough, the Greens want to add a further $14,560 for a total of $29,120 a year.

    Add KiwiSaver and other employee related expenses to the equation and most small businesses do not make enough profit to be able to afford this. We cannot increase our prices to recover additional wages because we would price ourselves off the market.

    There are some weeks when we cannot even afford to pay ourselves wages, so calling us the executive class is an absolute joke.

    If Labour forms the coalition from hell this election, we would have no alternative but to give our staff notice and go back to running the business on our own.


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