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View Diary: Nine Dollars Per Hour is Not Enough (73 comments)

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  •  I agree, but $9.00 per hour is still too low, even (6+ / 0-)

    in Tulsa, particularly given the lack of other benefits guaranteed in other Western democratic market economies.

    Under the traditional view of federal rights, states can always add more rights; but they are not supposed to be allowed to give their residents less than guaranteed at the federal level.  Therefore, a federal minimum wage would be the "floor" guaranteed nationwide.

    •  If 9.00 is the starting point for negotiations (2+ / 0-)
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      nosleep4u, squarewheel

      on raising the minimum wage-where will this really end up?

      Disconcerting. Look what is happening with the 'fiscal curb' HCR, etc..These republicans do not negotiate in good faith.

      Letting the states set the minimum would be disastrous. Consider how states like Mississippi, Texas, Florida etc..would 'handle' this is a bad idea. Living in Wi. has made me cynical.


      •  Every state is already subject to the federal (2+ / 0-)
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        minimum wage.  What OkieLawyer is describing is already the state of affairs - the federal minimum wage only provides the floor.  States are free to make the minimum wage HIGHER, just not lower.  

        •  You're right-but some states could still change it (0+ / 0-)

          if the legislatures and Gov. are properly greased  motivated.

          Lately, my view of the venal nature of the majority of the elected officials in this state (Wi.) doesn't give me much in the way of confidence.

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