9.00/hr works out to be what...17-18000 a year give or take (not pulling the calculator out right now and my math is bad). That's nothing. 2 people making that are still eligible for assistance when they have a family. I find that sick. I call b.s. on companies not being able to afford it. Either you have a decent company that can afford to pay its employees or you don't.
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I don't understand how owners of companies can hire full time workers and not pay them a living wage and still sleep at night.
Of course there is high paying jobs and lower paying jobs. My friend is a pedi. endocrinologist. I work for a health insurer. She makes a heck of a lot more money than I do but she has the education to reflect it. I have a bachelor's degree and she went to medical school.
There are so MANY full time positions that are paying minimum wage because the employer CAN get away with it. People still need to live and it shouldn't be a requirement to have advanced degrees to be able to feed your family!
I've said this in another debate, but I'll say it again. If my business model was that, in order for me to maximize profits and keep prices low, I would simply not pay my workers at all and the government could provide for ALL of their living expenses, you guys would probably think I had a pretty dumb, unworkable business model. I bet you'd think "They're YOUR employees, why should MY tax dollars go to pay YOUR employees so you can make billions?" Right? Yeah. We're already like halfway there when minimum wage employees make about half (or less!) the living wage in their area. Basically those company's business plans are "In order to maximize profits and keep prices low, we will pay our employees half of their living expenses, and the government can pay for the rest." And I'm still thinking "They're YOUR employees, why should MY tax dollars go to pay YOUR employees so that you can make billions?"
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What I am doing a bad job of saying, is that you can't have the minimum wage for part time employees be $7/hour and the minimum wage be for full time employees be $25/hour. No one would hire full time employees.
Raising the minimum wage will get some people off of assistance (yay) but they will still be struggling. Prices will be driven up, effecting all of us.
I do not see this as a solution to a problem.
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