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  •  10.10? How about 14.14 with an increase of (3+ / 0-)
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    Losty, wuod kwatch, CADeminVA

    $1.01 per year (for a few years)?

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 07:16:05 AM PST

    •  Why not (3+ / 0-)

      dental coverage, 6 -10 weeks maternity leave, 1 week paternity leave, guaranteed vacations and many other things... Know why? because you have to walk before you can run

      $14.14 will be nearly doubling the present minimum wage and then setting the media in their preferred "Oh my gosh..." narrative. Will also be used by the right at one more round of look at those government fat cats living it up with your taxes. The public sector can lead but cant be three laps ahead of the private sector

    •  Let's not forget (3+ / 0-)

      That the min wage would need to be north of $17/hr to even match it's high point when it was $1.60/hr in 1968 (I was a YOC working for the Feds in the summer of 1968 for min wage and thought I had it gooooood.)

      Of course, I was 17 then and heading back to high school. Today, more min wage workers are heads of households and the majority, I believe, are working mothers.

      •  Yeah, that's what I'm saying (0+ / 0-)

        14.14 this year, 15.15 next year, etc., until it gets to where it needs to be. 18.18 in 2018 sounds about right.

        Most of the current proposals for raising the minimum wage are timid, weak tea. For example,

        Arkansas: Supporters hope to gather enough signatures for a ballot proposal in November that would raise the minimum wage by steps to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
        $8.50, in steps, by 2018? Who wrote that bill? ALEC?

        “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

        by Positronicus on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 10:46:15 AM PST

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    •  Should be $10.10 with a permanent cost of living (0+ / 0-)

      adjustment. Then the "pain" (largely imaginary) to employers would be miniscule (make it once every 5 years adjustment).

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