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    My first apartment 10 years ago was 3 bedrooms and was about $300/month. You might not always be able to find that, but our mortgage on a a 4 bedroom house is less than $600/month including taxes.

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    My mortgage on my teeny 3 bedroom ranch is 2000.00/mo and that is after refinancing and living in a town with low taxes.

    This is the cheapest rent I could find for the town next door (we don't really have rentals in this town besides actual houses)
    66 Mayflower Ave Unit: U14/u24 Middleboro MA - Home for Rent - MLS #71460864 - Realtor.com?

    It is 1 bedroom and 875.00 a month. I live 40 minutes outside any major city (40 minutes south of Boston and northeast of Providence). It's crazy more to move closer to the city.

    So you are suggesting that all minimum wage people move to you? Would you be able to keep up with an influx of all MW people from Ma, NY, Ca and other high cost states? Probably not. Then your rents will skyrocket and you will see the exact same junk we see here.

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    I am not suggesting that people try to live off of minimum wage. I believe that minimum wage is for teenagers or people between jobs. Not for people who are in a career looking for full time work. You could not possibly expect McDonalds or Walmart to pay every single employee enough money to pay for $2,000 a month rent plus food and utilities.

    ETA - It also does not make sense to have the minimum wage in TN be enough to cover the cost of living in Boston.

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    Exactly~that's why it is a living wage. Living wage here and in TN is varied clearly. But when there is a minimum wage it doesn't say "it's just for teens or what not". It is the minimum ANY employer can pay. Some people are just not able to progress into something else but not have a limitation intellectually either so they are going to be long term employees in Walmart or McDonalds but not going into the corporate setting. These people don't get to live in an apartment?

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    I still do not believe it would work to have every single position cost enough to pay a living wage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Exactly~that's why it is a living wage. Living wage here and in TN is varied clearly. But when there is a minimum wage it doesn't say "it's just for teens or what not". It is the minimum ANY employer can pay. Some people are just not able to progress into something else but not have a limitation intellectually either so they are going to be long term employees in Walmart or McDonalds but not going into the corporate setting. These people don't get to live in an apartment?
    Long term employees even at McDonalds and Walmart are generally paid more than minumum wage. As you get more experience you work up the ladder. My son is working at Walmart and started out at more than minimum wage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I am not suggesting that people try to live off of minimum wage. I believe that minimum wage is for teenagers or people between jobs. Not for people who are in a career looking for full time work. You could not possibly expect McDonalds or Walmart to pay every single employee enough money to pay for $2,000 a month rent plus food and utilities.

    ETA - It also does not make sense to have the minimum wage in TN be enough to cover the cost of living in Boston.
    While people are between jobs, what are they living on if not minimum wage? Every time my dad was laid off, the more he earned working the less he received in unemployment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Long term employees even at McDonalds and Walmart are generally paid more than minumum wage. As you get more experience you work up the ladder. My son is working at Walmart and started out at more than minimum wage.
    Are they making over 20.00/hr? I'm pretty sure they aren't. Awesome if they are but that doesn't cut it here. I think it is regional and it doesn't need a blanket amount but I do think it is an employer's responsibility to pay a living wage to help keep people from needing government assistance. I'm surprised that you feel that it's better that they get a lower pay from their employer but need to have food stamps and such to keep afloat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    My mortgage on my teeny 3 bedroom ranch is 2000.00/mo and that is after refinancing and living in a town with low taxes.

    This is the cheapest rent I could find for the town next door (we don't really have rentals in this town besides actual houses)
    66 Mayflower Ave Unit: U14/u24 Middleboro MA - Home for Rent - MLS #71460864 - Realtor.com?

    It is 1 bedroom and 875.00 a month. I live 40 minutes outside any major city (40 minutes south of Boston and northeast of Providence). It's crazy more to move closer to the city.

    So you are suggesting that all minimum wage people move to you? Would you be able to keep up with an influx of all MW people from Ma, NY, Ca and other high cost states? Probably not. Then your rents will skyrocket and you will see the exact same junk we see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Are they making over 20.00/hr? I'm pretty sure they aren't. Awesome if they are but that doesn't cut it here. I think it is regional and it doesn't need a blanket amount but I do think it is an employer's responsibility to pay a living wage to help keep people from needing government assistance. I'm surprised that you feel that it's better that they get a lower pay from their employer but need to have food stamps and such to keep afloat.
    I don't think it is the governments job to set pay to the most expensive area to live. If the employers in your area can't get workers for the wage they are paying they will have to increase their pay to get good employees. That is just the way the market works.
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