Should The Federal Minimum Wage Be Raised?

President Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage to at least $9/hour from the current $7.25, and indexed to inflation to increase with the cost of living. This week’s online poll question is: Do you support an increase in the federal minimum wage?”

Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

Discuss this poll 25

Anonymous
on Apr 10, 2013

The last time the minimum wage increased significantly only a few years ago, I was talking with a local Dairy Queen owner who was trying to figure out what to do. He relies almost completely on high school workers who, at the time, hardly earned the $5.25 they were being paid. I can only imagine how he could keep his small, locally-owned business running in the black while paying a bunch of kids $9.00 and hour! I remember reading not long ago how hard it is now for college and high school students to find part time jobs. The more we have to pay people to flip our burgers and stock the shelves at Wal-Mart and the local grocery store, the more our cost of living is going to go up. Very few people trying to support a family should be working minimum wage jobs, and if they are, they need to try to advance themselves a little bit. Typically people will get paid what they are worth, unless the federal government imposes itself to make businesses pay them more.

Anonymous
on Apr 10, 2013

What happens if the teenagers working at fast food get the raise? First, probably a lot of them lose their jobs entirely because the market won't support as many jobs at higher wage, including all the workers above them making more than minimum wage now who are also going to need a raise. Second, the price of the fast food is raised to pay for the increased labor costs, so less fast food is sold ----economics 101. Third, less product; beef, chicken, pork, veggies is sold, so that backs up to the original producers who can't sell as much. Is this really a good idea?

Anonymous
on Apr 10, 2013

Lets let a family eat beef once in awhile. Why would anyone in the beef busines be against raising minimum wage?

Anonymous
on Apr 10, 2013

The North Dakota oil fields are a great example of a market based economy. Only those who cannot do anything else are making minimum wage. Everyone else has left those jobs to move up to higher paying jobs. Minimum wage jobs should be meant for entry level jobs not for those trying to earn a living. When those paying min wage cannot find workers the wage rises.It should not be dictated by the governement.

Anonymous
on Apr 7, 2013

Guess what the big box stores paid in 2002 for summer help. My wife worked at Lowes during the summer for $8.00/hr and at WalMart the next summer for 7.50/hr. These tow stores are still payint the same amount 11 years later.

Anonymous
on Apr 6, 2013

There was a time when 75 cents was the scale and the above replies where the same when the scale went to $1. Again when it went to $!.50. So, what you all are saying the wage should have stayed at 75 cents or a buck an half? Maybe inflation is what keeps the economy advancing. Which is the best inflation or deflation of a couple of years ago? Wages are like a dog chasing his tail, around and around it goes and the tip of the tail is always just in front of the nose!

Happy Days, Jim

Anonymous
on Apr 6, 2013

Set it at $60 an hour. Then we could all get rich. Why is he being so stingy?

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

It is already difficult for a teenager to find a summer job. This would make it much worse. However, if the plan is to crank up inflation to make it easier to pay off federal debt, it will do that. The question is at what cost.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

The biggest cost in most production is labor, and benefits. Already have obummer care, add on higher min wage, and I bet you it won't be to pretty.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

It is a known fact that our President knows less about the economy than he does about producing sons! You see where that got him. Increasing the minimum wage puts more of us in the poverty part of the economy.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

What a simple way to increase unemployement

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

Minimum wage is a starting point. You need to earn the higher pay. If minimum wage goes up will my pay go up...... probably not. The cost of everything else will go up though! The feds take enough of our pay every year... I agree to let the states decide. I would leave it alone and let the employees earn a raise..

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

We should implement a maximum wage.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

You must have a wage to start at, to see the value of a worker. If it starts to high what reason do new hires have to work hard to get pay raises. When you jump the starting rate that much the employer has no room to to increase the wage of those working harder.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

oregon already pays that for minimum wage....

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

It will hurt the economy. All other wages will have to be raised accordingly.

Anonymous
on Apr 12, 2013

Yes,an then nobody's better off an the cost of everything go up.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

If we expect consumers to eat and use our products, they need to be able to afford it. At $9, that's a wkly. gross before taxes, ss, and medicare, only $360 if 40hrs. are available. Work 52 weeks full time and gross less than $19000, doesn't go far to provide meager food, housing , and transportation needs.

Anonymous
on Apr 8, 2013

So, $19,000/year is meager to you? I am currently a college student and live off of less than $14,000/ year. This is to provide for my schooling, books, living expenses, any entertainment, and the new to me truck that I bought last year. I live very well for the stage in life that I am in. I think people should learn to have a reasonable standard of living. If you make millions of dollars, spend them how you wish. If you make a meager salary like me, then you are going to have to make a few sacrifices in your life.
Brace yourself, I do not have a smartphone. I eat home cooked meals 29/30 days per month. I only buy off brand products. My apartment stays on 60 in the winter and 80 in the summer. I only drive where I have to. I only spend money on things that are necessary. I work to provide for myself, and make sacrifices for the things that I am not able to have easily.
Would I love to make $9.00/hr? You betcha I would. But do I think that the work that I do is worth $9.00? No siree. Lets just face the facts and realize that all people don't deserve to sit in golden thrones and sip from silver goblets. Somebody has to be the peasant.

Anonymous
on Apr 8, 2013

I currently live off about $7000 a year. I have a decent apartment, cook at home, drive a decent vehicle, etc. I don't have an iphone and I don't have unneeded accessories. If people in this country would learn how to manage their money and not blow money on WANTS we would all be better off. Oh did I mention I only work part time and attend school full time. We don't need a raise in minimum wage, we need to teach people how to be hard workers and how to properly manage money.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

If min wage goes up only a few people will get more. Then the price of a big mac will go up then other things will follow suit. Long run is nobody comes out ahead but the govt. They will get more income tax cause some wages goes up. They get more sales tax cause products go up. Its all for the govt.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

you hire someone a minimum wage for a reason, if they are a worker you raise their wages so they will stay. It cost you for each non-worker

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013

The states should have the say, not the federal government.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2013

Wow, I'd love to get an unearned 24% raise.

Anonymous
on Apr 8, 2013

that's a nice way to look at it!

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