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  •  Nice to see that Mass and Vermont were (0+ / 0-)

    able to recover employment at about the national average rate while paying higher than average minimum wages.

    I wonder, though, what that minimum wage means in Massachusetts, which is a pretty expensive place to live.

    Illinois also has an $8.25 minimum wage.  Before the recession hit, however, you couldn't find a whole lot of minimum wage jobs in the Chcago area (another fairly expensive place to live).  Not for the reason some conservatives would give you, but because employers had to pay more to keep their needs filled.  Just as shoppers will cross over a nearby border in order to pay a lower sales tax,  I wonder if low-wage workers migrate to places where the cost of living vs. the wage they can actually get is more favorable.  In that case, the real minimum wage in a place like Boston or Chicago might be higher than the "official" number.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 01:43:31 AM PDT

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