Skip to comments.Sanders Sponsoring Minimum Wage Hike
Posted on 12/20/2013 8:29:26 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is sponsoring legislation to increase the federal minimum wage.
When the Senate returns from its Christmas break, Vermonts junior senator will submit a bill to increase the national minimum wage. The proposal would boost the hourly rate from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour. Independent Bernie Sanders finds the current minimum unacceptable. That is a starvation wage. Weve got to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour. Now in Vermont, minimum wage is 8.60. Other states have done even better. But what we want to do is create a situation where if somebody is working 40 hours a week that person, that family, is not living in poverty.
Sanders uses WalMart as an example to excoriate corporations benefitting from low wages. The Walton family, that owns WalMart, pays their workers such low wages, and has such poor benefits, that many of their workers have to go on Medicaid, have to go on food stamps, have to live in government subsidized housing. So you have an enormously wealthy family, the wealthiest family in America, paying their workers inadequate wages and being subsidized by the taxpayers of this country. That to me is absurd. And if you raise the minimum wage toward somewhere near a living wage, it will not only provide more dignity for working Americans, but it will end this corporate welfare that now exists for families like the Waltons .
Vermont Grocers Association President Jim Harrison says the positive aspect of the minimum wage is its national uniformity, and says Congress should occasionally reconsider it. However having said that, artificially increasing the wage by a pretty dramatic amount doesnt necessarily translate into higher wages overall. What it may do is increase wages for some part-time employees at the expense of full-time employees because, at the end of the day, a business still have to survive and make a bottom line.
Vermont has the third-highest minimum wage rate in the country. It is currently $8.60 an hour and will increase to $8.73 on January 1st. Harrison finds the minimum wage has failed to translate to higher average wages for Vermonters. In some cases it could result in loss of employment and that would be a very detrimental impact.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility supports a higher minimum wage. Executive Director Andrea Cohen finds that companies often discover higher wages are better for businesses. Its our experience that if you pay people good wages it actually comes back to you that the bottom line really benefits because youre able to attract quality employees. So we actually think that once a business starts having experience with better benefits and better wages, they realize it is in fact good for the bottom line.
Cohen notes that the proposed increase in the federal minimum wage will not have as great an impact in Vermont, but it will move workers closer to a liveable wage. You have to look at the whole package, things like health insurance. If in fact we have the Affordable Care Act and people have universal access to affordable health care, it will take some of the pressure off the wages.
Senator Sanders says the proposed minimum wage increase would affect 30 million Americans. Washington and Oregon have the highest minimum wages at $9.19 and $8.95, respectively. Massachusetts minimum is $8.00. New Yorks minimum wage of $7.25 is scheduled to increase to $8.00 on December 31st.
Chalk this one up in the “Inevitable GOP Cave” column.
It just polls to damned well with low-infos.
There is nothing to stop Vermont from raising the state minimum wage to $20 per hour. Why doesn’t Sanders STFU and push his state to raise the minimum.
What? You mean that raising the state minimum wage won’t trigger a raise in union wages... Only federal minimum wage laws do that? Now I understand...
They should filibuster this as with the food stamps bill, if for nothing else, for Dems changing the Senate rules on a simple majority vote.
Then, when more people are unemployed the low-information voters will say “Gee...how did that happen?”.
If $10/hour minimum wage is good - why not just make it $50/hour? That would be even better!
then we could all have above average wages......
He’s right... it is a starvation wage, especially when balanced against welfare and the incredible marginal tax rate a worker pays when/if he tries to leave welfare.
“Mom! Uncle Bernie took off all his clothes again and he’s chasing the ducks!”
I got a 1% raise in Social Security this year, why not raise the minimum raise 1%? That seems fair. If the Government has established that Social security recipients are due 1%, then that is fair for everybody.
I did not say that it was a good idea. Only that it’s inevitable IMO.
“”You mean that raising the state minimum wage wont trigger a raise in union wages... Only federal minimum wage laws do that?””
ssshhh!! it’s posta be a secret!
The woman says if they raise the minimum wage they get better quality employees. So, all you people who are now working for the current minimum wage, be prepared to be replaced.
And to all the Mexicans out there! Head to Vermont!
I asked a lib if he would compromise and accept $12/hr. He said no, it must be $15.
I said why not make it $20?
He mulled this over for a minute, then said no, $15 was right.
I joked that we should have a “maximum wage.”
He thought this was a great idea.
Every single raise in the Federal minimum wage causes an increase in every single union contract in the USA.
This is a sop to unions so they will continue to support the Democrats.
IF I owned a business where & was working hard just to pay the minimum wage in a restaurant, etc, I would be looking to close down. I would suddenly have ‘health problems’ which would mean that I could not continue my business.
Why bother with Congress, just have Obama issue a Diktat.
Aw, heck, let’s just cut to the chase and have the federal government issue a check for ONE MILLION DOLLARS to every single person living in this country.
That way, everyone will be a millionaire and poverty will finally be eradicated! Not only that, but the “income inequality” problem will also be solved.
Libs defend the $15 on the theory that it’s about where the peak minimum wage from 1968 would be today of continually adjusted for inflation.
(of course doing so would have driven inflation much higher than it was, to that’s an unproveable assertion.
I don’t know why they don’t just attach it to the Military, Social Security raise every year. Why not give them 1.5 percent in January and just give the raise every year that everyone else gets. I think that is much better than the way they do it now. Perhaps everyone would get a bigger raise when they realize that things go up more than 1.5 percent a year once they add to the pool of people receiving the raise. I mean it would make sense. Plus minimum wage would NEVER be 7.50 like today if they did that.
The GOP should call their bluff and unanimously come to the next session pushing a $15 minimum wage by 2015!
Force the left to accept it or kill it.
Vermont is so disgusting. Imagine. Sending a communist to the Senate.