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  •  The minimum wage hike also hikes growth in the (7+ / 0-)

    economy without costing the government anything.
       This needs to happen, and it needs to be $10+/hr., which still would put us behind historic levels, but would be a good start.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 09:12:41 AM PDT

    •  I would call for 11.00/hr. (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, elwior

      After all, 10.75 will soon be passe' anyhow.

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 09:19:20 AM PDT

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      •  Not even CLOSE to where it ought... (8+ / 0-)

        to be.

        We need a minimum wage which is truly a minimum WAGE....an income capable of supporting the basics of life...shelter, food, transportation, health care, child care when needed, and educational opportunity.

        As soon as anyone screams it costs too much, take a moment and remember.....you and I are paying a TON of our taxes to pay for food stamps, welfare, and other social benefits because some of the nation's biggest companies are NOT paying a true minimum wage.  

        Estimates are that close to FIFTY PERCENT of workers in the restaurant and fast food business are receiving some sort of public assistance.

        More details from an earlier post of mine:

        Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

        by dweb8231 on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:26:23 AM PDT

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