Raise minimum wage; index it to inflation

  • Article by: Shar Knutson
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 9:03 PM

By tying future minimum-wage increases to the rate of inflation, we can ensure that low-wage workers don’t become victims of gridlock.

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bblheadMar. 20, 13 9:26 PM

It seems the fact that minimum wage jobs are entry level, non-skilled positions is lost on our union friends. It is simply an entry point into the work force where, once you learn your particular skill set, you then advance to higher paying, more skilled work. If minimum wage is $22, you will be paying $50 for a loaf of bread. It is called feeding inflation and the government has already done enough of that.

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mn2niceMar. 20, 13 9:56 PM

bblhead, you wrote in part, "It is simply an entry point into the work force where, once you learn your particular skill set, you then advance to higher paying, more skilled work." ------ Well, that may or may not be actually true. If someone works at Walmart they are likely to stay in that "entry-level" position for the entire time they work for them. Promotions are never a guarantee, no matter where you work, whether you have learned the skills of your job or not. Most jobs that pay low wages are more often than not dead-end jobs with no future of advancement. So please, don't feed me the line it is an entry level wage with a future attached to it. It just ain't so. I dare you to try living on $8 an hour. Good luck with that.

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logger76Mar. 20, 1310:51 PM

Author makes no sense. Economy is in tank. We need to encourage private sector hiring.

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dolly350Mar. 20, 1311:06 PM

The Republican Party will refuse to increase the minimum wage for the American people. However, they will fight for lower taxes for the rich. The Republican Party is not for middle class Americans.

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mishugi300Mar. 21, 1312:05 AM

Keeping a low minimum wage creates a need for higher taxes because people work yet can't afford basic needs so they need to use public funding, such as food stamps, public health care, etc. A higher minimum wage protects ALL OF US from being taken advantage of by corporations looking to have the public subsidize their low wages with public services. Minimum wage is everyone's issue. The American that so many of our ancestors dreamed of was one in which honest work could lead to fair pay.

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stplooklistnMar. 21, 13 6:22 AM

MN is 1 of 4 BELOW the Fed min wage? Businesses can stop complaining

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stolaf80Mar. 21, 13 7:44 AM

Only someone who is ignorant or in denial of the most basic economic principals could be for increased minimum wage. What do you think the REAL minimum wage is? It is ZERO no matter what the government does. The government's minimum wage will only ensure more entry level folks achieve the real minimum wage of zero.

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hitch22Mar. 21, 13 8:02 AM

That would be a brilliant way to mandate stagflation in recessionary times.

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cGeeMar. 21, 13 8:19 AM

Stop and think: Why is government dictating the amount businesses should pay their employees? If we allow government to dictate a minimal wage, what is to stop government from capping salaries and dictating a maximum wage?

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foldenmMar. 21, 13 8:41 AM

Correct me if I am wrong, but raising the minimum wage also raises the price of the goods and services provided. Costs are passed on to the consumer, and the net effect is zero. We could have a minimum wage of $1000 an hour, and everyone would have more money, but everything else would also cost more. I am definitely for people being able to earn a living wage, but the market should determine the wages, not the government.

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