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    I would think it would be in the government's best interest. Less money spend on assistance programs.

    Lisa~Merrimac is much further north...past Boston...I'm closer to Rhode Island and the Cape. About 1 1/2 hours away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I would think it would be in the government's best interest. Less money spend on assistance programs.
    Not really, just more companies would go out of business or hire fewer employees because they can't afford to pay everyone $20 an hour. So more people would be out of work.

    Or they would use more Chinese workers.
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    And again....if they can't afford to appropriately pay their employees....their business must not be that great.

    You either need employees and can pay them or you can't. End of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    And again....if they can't afford to appropriately pay their employees....their business must not be that great.

    You either need employees and can pay them or you can't. End of story.
    That blue skies and rainbows ideal is great but it doesn't really work in the real world.
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    I will ask you once more to not refer to my views as "blue skies and rainbows" ideals. It's condescending.

    What is idealistic about telling business owners that they need to pay their employees enough to live on in the area that they work? It seems like that would be common business sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    And again....if they can't afford to appropriately pay their employees....their business must not be that great.

    You either need employees and can pay them or you can't. End of story.
    How many grocery stores and fast food places are there in your area that pay ALL of their employees, even the lowest level employees $17-$20/hour? I believe it would be terrible for your economy for the government to require this. If it was standard for all States, then it would be hugely imbalanced in places like TN. If it varied by State, then businesses would all leave to cheaper areas to operate. Taking with them not only the low level minimum wage jobs, but also all of the other upper level jobs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I will ask you once more to not refer to my views as "blue skies and rainbows" ideals. It's condescending.

    What is idealistic about telling business owners that they need to pay their employees enough to live on in the area that they work? It seems like that would be common business sense.
    Well if businesses did actually hire people to work for $20 an hour they would have to raise their prices accordingly and then the cost of living would just go up the same amount. So yes it is idealistic.
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    Getting more pay encourages more spending, companies would earn more because people are spending more, taxes would decrease because those on assistance would lessen due to not needing services anymore. It's not idealistic it would make so much economic sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Getting more pay encourages more spending, companies would earn more because people are spending more, taxes would decrease because those on assistance would lessen due to not needing services anymore. It's not idealistic it would make so much economic sense.
    Well it might make sense to you but those who have studied it don't agree.
    A&M study says raising minimum wage would not stimulate economy - Houston Chronicle

    The last time the minimum wage was increased, however, nearly 600,000 teen jobs disappeared, despite a growing economy, as employers sought to offset rising labor costs by eliminating jobs held by their lowest-skilled and least-experienced employees.

    “When you raise the price of anything, people take less of it, including labor,” Forbes contributor William Dunkelberg writes. ”Workers of all ages that are relatively unskilled are adversely impacted by this policy.”

    “The impact of raising the minimum wage in 2009 on teen employment makes it very clear that this is especially harmful for young teen workers looking for their first opportunity to have a job. ”

    The current unemployment rate for youth workers is 11.5 percent, a number that is even higher among young minorities.
    Read more: Ten states raise minimum wages in 2013, but impact on low-skilled and teen workers is unknown | The Daily Caller
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    Top Reason to Raise the Minimum Wage: It

    It all depends on who is looking at it. Lots of assumptions are made too. I'm always sad to know we are getting paid 30% less than people were making 1968 (adjusted for inflation). How did companies survive 45 years ago that they can't now? They could pay their workers higher than we currently do (general we) and I'm assuming they sold enough product? Maybe they realized that paying their workers better, resulted in better and more loyal workers who weren't stressed about where their next meal was coming from?

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