We wanted to know what you thought about raising the minimum wage.
And you weren’t shy on this topic.
Last month, Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, introduced Wisconsin’s Fair Minimum Wage Act. If the bill is signed into law, employees across the state would get an immediate boost to $8.20 per hour, rising gradually to $10.10 per hour. Mason was joined by 45 co-sponsors in both the Assembly and the Senate, none of whom are Republicans.
So here’s what you had to say on Facebook:
Monica Mikus Griep: “That’s a big increase at one time, why not do an annual cost of living increase, like social security…”
Will Petro” “I’m not gonna get into this debate. But if you put more money on the low end of the market. What does it do to the rest? It’s economics, cause and effect. It would be very unwise unless everyone’s pay was scaled equally. What happens to he person barely making it at 10.50. If the wage is increased. They only make a quarter more than a starting position. Let alone the price increases on goods and the employers cost too. Just very unwise in an unstable market.”
Cary Kostka: “No. Raising minimum wage will not change the poverty level or present more opportunities for those earning it. What we really need is to make trade education more affordable and available so those that rely on minimum wage jobs can move into middle class and up salary ranges. This article has done an excellent job at drawing out what a minimum wage increase really does.http://www.heritage.org/…/what-is-minimum-wage-its…“
Caledonia Kidd “A minimum wage is a price floor. When floors or ceilings are set it affects other areas of the economy. The Conservative argument has always been that as minimum wage increases so does unemployment. However, if we look at historical data there is no link between the two. With that being said, increases have always been relatively small. Would a large jump have the negative effect on unemployment. It might. So I would support a number of small increases over a period of time.”
Eddie Willing: “No it shouldn’t. No economic evidence that it works in the long run, and none that it eliminates poverty.”
Lou D’Abbraccio: “No amount of wielding the government’s magic wand will make work worth $7 per hour miraculously worth $10 per hour. But for those of you who believe its a good idea, why $10? Why not $20? Or $50?”
Lawrence D. Sosbe: “You folks crack me up! How is it that a minimum wage can cause so much havoc??? But not one of you can explain how the corporate greed that gives itself absurd bonuses off the backs of the working class is so beneficial, which surely it is, since minimum wage increases are so dangerous in this group’s eyes.”
“For one thing, the argument against raising wages of the working class falls very flat when you sit here acting like exorbitant money grabs by the corporate and government elitists is perfectly acceptable. Quit pandering to corporate swine whom care nothing about the class they so desperately work to undermine. The only people whom have a legitimate stake in this argument are those whom have to work under such pathetic wages…otherwise, anyone who hasn’t worked any jobs in that sector should just shut the hell up with their mere speculation, which is so slanted against the dwindling working class. In an actual revolution, you’d be…well, I wouldn’t want to speculate.”
Jack Feiner: “I blame it on Americas infatuation with instant gratification. You must work and start at the bottom to appreciate things in life.”
Caledonia Kidd: “As prices of goods and services rise it becomes necessary to keep pace with the wage floor. If that,does not happen then the minimum wage becomes a non-incentive. There is, however, a balancing act. So to slow and gradual is the best option.”