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  •  LIVING wage needed (8+ / 0-)

    The problem with a minimum wage, even calculated at US state level, is that it often does not provide a living wage in areas like cities where the cost of living is high.

    What might, for example, provide a reasonable living in a very low cost housing/rural area for a couple may very well not be able to feed a family of four living in the main city. Similarly it would be very silly to suggest that the same income is suitable for every size household from a single person to one with  8 children.

    The legislation would be complex but what's needed is a mandate for each county (if that level is appropriate) to calculate the cost of a "basket" of expenditure and calculate the living wage on that basis.

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    by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 08:34:31 AM PDT

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    •   Once we raise the national minimum wage (2+ / 0-)
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      it might be best to leave living wage amounts to the states and cities. It might not even be legal for the federal government to have county specific "living wage" laws.

      "let's talk about that" uid 92953

      by VClib on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 09:33:03 AM PDT

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      •  How would that even work? (3+ / 0-)
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        What FEDERAL "living wage" would be equally applicable to Oxford, Mississippi as it would to Presidio Heights in San Francisco?

        And even if you worked out a magic formula that would accommodate this kind of disparity, there is absolutely no way the Federal Government could keep it current.

        I agree VClib... this needs to be left to the states.  And even then, just look at your own state:  What's the proper "living wage" that would apply equally to the Northern Sacramento Valley as it does to Silicon Valley?

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:42:10 AM PDT

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    •  Adjusting pay to compensate for local costs... (0+ / 0-)

      is already being done at a federal level in the military. It's called "cost of living allowance", COLA. Absolutely no reason it can't be done for minimum wage also. The data has already been collected and is updated on a regular basis.

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