In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour. we asked readers in last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll if they think the minimum wage should be higher. The majority of respondents (53.8%) believe that it should be increased, while 46.2% believe that it should stay at $7.25 per hour.
One reader commented, "I've heard the pro and con arguments based on the expected effects on the economy. But President Obama presented the increase as a matter of economic justice, and this is exactly why it should be enacted. It is still woefully inadequate: I don't think any of us who read this newsletter want to try living on a gross wage of $18720 a year. But it's a start on narrowing the gap between the richest and the poorest members of our society, while still honoring the value we as a society place on hard work and education to improve one's lot."
Other comments included:
"Sounds good until you ponder that many employers of min wage jobs--suppermarkets, fast food, retail etc, will either cut back on employess and definitely rethink expansion plans. Just what you don't want at a time of shinking economic growth. What is this guy thinking of?"
"Minimum wage is for entry level un-skilled labor. it is not meant to raise a family on"
"It's a a jobs killer if the minimum wage increases"
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