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.”

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6 replies on “What You Had To Say About Raising The Minimum Wage”

  1. One more request before I retire this evening …. Cory Mason … the acclaimed defender of the common man … the legislator requesting that some unknown business entity provide for others at a rate he decides is fair and equitable …………..

    ………..what’s stopping you, Mr. Mason, from being that Savior that can establish a business that compensates employee’s without regard for market compensation? Why are you “banging a drum” instead of providing opportunity? You seem to think it is simply something that can be mandated …. …. so do it!! Establish a business and take risk and provide for those in our community, instead of demanding and legislating someone else must. You believe it a reality ( or you profess you do ) … so … in as NIKE has said … “Just Do It!”

  2. Lawrence D. Sosbe … I’m curious, do you engage those companies that are so reprehensible in your eyes? Aren’t we, as consumers, controlling their destiny? We are able to engage, or disengage, commerce regarding their business models.

    With the exception of commerce that is contaminated by government protections, what are you forced to support? … Well, we can’t overlook government enterprise … but those that endear the framers models are begging the voters to stop electing those that continue to force communities to pay unduly for services without regard for value. Is that what you are referring to?

    Is it legislation that demands gas stations mark up their product at a minimum? Is it protections for pensions for public sector employees? Is it mandates for value added in the automotive industry?

    What, exactly, is your concern?

  3. I also hope we can consider another effect of this, and former, legislation.

    No one is allowed to take a job for less than minimum wage, unless they intern for free, or are an owner. Many people, usually Senior citizens but there are others, would like to take a leisurely position at a lower rate of compensation, because they are unwilling to apply the effort to make higher compensation justifiable. We are preventing them from engaging our community in a way that they would find meaningful …. and I’m left to wonder why ….

  4. This topic continues to gain traction locally and across the Nation. I hope the Racine County Eye repositions this article for discussion.

    Politicians are dynamically divided, liberals for and conservatives against. We as citizens need to compel those that represent us to support legislation that helps us achieve conditions that are beneficial in our community.

    Many suggest that raising the minimum wage is necessary because those earning the current minimum cannot support their family. Should we simply pay people what they need? Are we, as consumers, willing to pay for products and services based on the needs of those involved?

    Others suggest that the minimums are required because business owners are unwilling to forfeit excess profit unless they are compelled by legislation. If so, why aren’t all employee’s paid minimum wage? Why do any companies pay more than is mandated by legislation?

    How will these mandates affect Racine? Will businesses locate here if we raise the minimum wage? Will current businesses be able to sustain the added cost?

    I believe that markets that do not compete can artificially inflate their cost. Government services are a prime example. Since we as consumers are compelled to engage the service (unless we move) the inflation of wages cannot be avoided.

    The same is not true of private enterprise. We as consumers decide to engage and disengage various businesses in this community. It is why some remain and some do not. I do not believe we helped some succeed and caused others to fail because we were concerned about the employees and their families. We simply chose products and services when they delivered something we needed at a cost we could afford.

    This is an important discussion, and Racine could certainly benefit the consideration of how our community is positioned to invite investment that results in opportunity for our citizens. Can we compel people to create that opportunity, or should we embrace methods that invite investment?

  5. This is a good topic that needs to be discussed in detail. Unfortunately it is fractured because there are too many different offerings between this site and your facebook account that result in discussions that are not continuous and engaging. I hope you can reconcile the separation in debate so there can be a focused discussion when you raise issues that are this important.

  6. While all of us should do what we can to help our fellow citizens, artificially boosting wages, regardless of skill, does just the opposite. Sure, there is a temporary increase in income for some, but over time those less able to produce will find the result leaves them further behind. Additionally, technology offers automation that becomes more affordable as wages are increased for less skilled positions. It is why you see self check out lines at the grocer, and sophisticated equipment in manufacturing.

    The people that lack the understanding of how economics works, like Cory Mason, should review their own behavior to realize how damaging it is to intrude the marketplace with mandates, subsidies, and undue regulation. If you were to mandate that hot dogs cost the same as lobster, it wouldnâ€t take long before the price of lobster would go up, and sales for hot dogs would go down.

    Iâ€m not sure why people who invest in effort that makes them more valuable in the marketplace fail to understand these simple principles.

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