On one hand, I get that, but it seems the cost of living continues to rise with or without increased minimum wage. I remember there was a big uproar when it was raised from $6.00 per hour. I hate that there are firefighters and EMTs making less than Target cashiers because Target starts everyone out at $15 and many retailers are competing with that. I see a lot of job opportunities requiring a bachelors degree that want to pay minimum wage. That’s just ridiculous to me. Something has to be done about these underpaid workers.
Cost of living rises because of idiotic decisions. When you print money non stop to pay for your ever expanding government that devalues currency and raises prices and thus cost of living. When your government prevents people from building houses that are desperately needed (like in san fransisco), housing costs skyrocket. When you destroy any competition within the medical industry and make it an exclusive club where you have to jump through hundreds of hoops that serve no purpose and requires you to pay thousands of dollars to be able to get a license certifying you to do your job (like ambulance drivers who get paid ten dollars an hour to ferry patience back and forth (non critical condition patience) yet have to pay large sums of money to maintain their license despite having no reason for that license), the costs go up. So yeah, every time the government comes in they fuck things up and make prices skyrocket and cost of living skyrocket which is why california despite having a higher then average income is the poorest state in the country because the government comes in and fucks everything up (provably). The reasons why jobs require all of this extra shit is because the government came in and destroyed aptitude tests which were used to determine a persons ability to move up in business (which is why you could work your way up from the bottom to the top in the past but not now), so in order to vet people they just started requiring everyone have a degree. You want to help the under paid workers, great, tell the government to fuck off and stop trying to help. Its like a god damn three stooges gag where you have a bee on you so their response is to hit you with a 2x4 repeatedly while claiming to be helping you.
Well, you get that there's other reasons for that, right? Raising the wage would cause them to have to cut hours and even lay people off and less businesses would be started because they'd conclude that it isn't worth the risk. In addition to this, prices for everything would increase in an attempt to keep up and earn a profit, which are razor thin as it is right now for businesses.
The cost of living has already increased significantly without an increased in minimum wage. I'm working 65 hours a week and it's barely anything. I have a college degree but every position I've applied for that requires it, won't give me a chance despite my resume and state level Intercollegiate awards.
a degree doesn't guarantee a job, skills matter. Can't find a good paying job, get a skill in demand. I have no degree and make over 100k.What if the government said the minimum wage should be $1, do you think businesses would star people there? nope. They pay based on skill and demand.
@Rangers Hey, I don't see the housing, or any other commodity, or cars, or anything else staying the same for 5 years. I live in Oregon and you would think that with all the trees up here that the price of lumber would be less but it is not. We were going to build an addition to our house but the price of lumber and other materials have gone up so much we can't afford the extra costs. Yet their people still make only minimum wage which is $12 here but set to go up o $12.75 in July. So if the Minimum wage goes up to $15 people are afraid they will cut hours or raise prices? Most people in retail already have been cut to 35 hours a week and prices have been on a steady rise, especially for housing. You can't rent a decent 2 bedroom apartment in the Portland Metro area for less than $1100-1500 a month, which is about what a $12 an hour pays after taxes. Single people are screwed.
Then leave Oregon, has that crossed your mind? I left CT because of the cost and lack of 2A rights and I'm very glad I did
@Rangers I was born here and have all my friends, family and support here. I am single and still in college. So I can't afford to even move down the street - yet anyway. It would be hard to move away from where I have been for 20 years and move to someplace where I know no one or have any family. Some day maybe. But my point was that people are already having hours cut, laid off, and housing and other prices have been on the rise for years and not even keeping up with the cost of living. So why not raise the minimum wage to $15?
Yeah, it sucks. When every I complained about something when I was young my uncle used to tell me, "Things are tough all over kid."
Do you know why businesses are hesitant to hire people with no experience? Because all of these minimum wage laws, the extra insurance, higher taxes etc. all make hiring one person very expensive which makes them reluctant to take chances on people with no work experience in the field. They don't want to invest that much in some one (especially when you have training periods which suck up substantial amounts of money without any productivity from the individual (it costs two to three thousand dollars minimum for a fast food worker to be trained or a few weeks, a high skill job would be tens of thousands of dollars invested without any guarntee that the person would stick around or be particularly good at the job)).I mean I get the struggle (I make less then you and I'm right outside chicago), I get how frustrating it is but this is not the answer, its only going to make things worse (we had it here when they raised the minum wage in the city so half of the unskilled labor was fired and replaced with machines and the rest had hours cut but also had more work to do within that shorter time frame because the company couldn't afford to be full staffed. It screwed over every one and cost of living was still to high and was increasing as a result of the raises. So its not a good idea, it sounds nice on paper but it never works and it screws over every one (and always has). Have you tried negotiating pay for a job? That is asking to be hired at a lower rate and telling them once you have proven yourself you can renegotiate for a higher pay later? Again, it sucks that people are not hiring (for awhile their they where asking for interns with experience (that is literally the only purpose to being an intern, your paid with experience) but a minimum wage only makes that situation worse (because now even unskilled labor jobs are going to demand experience).
If you’re working for a corporate business then don’t be fooled. The higher ups are filthy rich. There’s money to train new employees. They just won’t if they know they don’t absolutely have to.
What I did to get experience starting out was volunteer. I’ve volunteered at soup kitchens, hospitals, nursing homes, and then I self taught and practiced skills that were more in tune with what my dream job was which is writing. I contributed to publications for free for a good while. That’s still work experience to put down on your resume. Also, location does matter. I used to live in podunk Indiana where you were lucky to even see decent job openings that didn’t suck and pay $6 an hour (at the time that was min wage) let alone actually get an interview. Moving to a larger city helped a lot.
Oh I know. One time I applied for an apartment that required one tenant to make 4x their monthly rent (which was 900). I said lady if I made that much I wouldn’t be calling you because I’d just get a house.
Exactly, that’s ridiculous.
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Exactly my goal is to make at least $65k just to be able to take home at least $50k after taxes
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Yes. When I lived in Indiana, I never paid more than $500 a month in rent for a standard 2 bdr apt. Here along the “grand strand,” the same apartment goes for around 1,100 a month. I guess that’s that’s the price I pay for living by the beach.
So how is a federal minimum wage fair? Or even practical?
$1100 for a 2 bedroom apartment is still cheap. Around here by me a 2 bedroom apartment is between 1700 & 2200 a month plus utilities
My city is a tourist city. I suppose wages may be a little higher here, but still not by enough.
Even if they bump up to $15/hr for most, their hours will be cut to where it’ll seem like it never got boosted pay
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Oh wow that sounds like a cool job👌
It is. Though It’s an acquired skill and I had to work up to it for many years.
Crap! I got the numbers wrong - I calculated my monthly salary divided by 40 hours and not 160!. That's what happens when I Just woke up.Of course I still make much less than $15 and that's in IT! It's the doomed poor east!
$10 an hour plus tips? That’s pretty good for an 18 year old.
I make about $14 an hour right now.
That’s a good chunk of change.
Yeah haha. The job is stressful though and I don’t know if I can juggle it with college. I might take a week or so off just to relax.
I work at Kroger and $8.25 I believe is what I started out with. I’m at $10.90 now but $15 would be a big step up especially with the hours that I work.
Wow. $13? That pretty good!
Yups, it was nice but the work was pretty hard
Ah. I gotcha.
I may be out of touch lol I live in a tourist town and know more entrepreneurs than anything else. People running heavy machinery are earning less than Target cashiers. That’s bs.