Skip to comments.Top Minn. legislators pledge boost in minimum wage
Posted on 02/20/2014 4:55:33 AM PST by TurboZamboni
ST. PAUL, Minn.Democrats who lead the Minnesota Legislature left no doubt Wednesday that a minimum wage increase of some kind will prevail in the upcoming session. The assurance that a minimum wage plan will get throughafter stalling last yearcame during a preview session with Capitol reporters sponsored by Forum News Service. The details, however, are still in flux and will be negotiated early in a session that begins next week.
"I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be able to move pretty expeditiously on this bill and get it passed after working out what are legitimate public policy issues," said House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis.
Minnesota's minimum wage is $6.15 per hour, though many workers automatically receive the higher federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Some workers such as babysitters, taxi drivers, nonprofit volunteers and others are exempt from the minimum wage. The Minnesota wage hasn't gone up since 2005.
Last year, the Senate approved a bill gradually raising Minnesota's minimum hourly wage to $7.75. The House-adopted plan lifted it to $9.50 per hour, phased in over time. The House bill also makes changes to laws governing overtime and unpaid leave for new parents. The Senate's plan doesn't.
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There ya go, more proof we don’t need another federal law on this.
Ironically the same libs who are promoting a Federal increase will cite these state increases as a victory.
I would say that these legislators are as dumb as a box of rocks...
...but that would be insulting...
...to the box of rocks.
I wonder if Republican lawmakers are ever described as “top” in the headlines of this paper?
Dems own the house,senate,governor’s office ,AG and auditors office in MN.
Across the board wage inflation is the only salvation for Obamadon’tcare.
The current and future pain of increased costs will be mitigated by wage and salary inflation. The Democrats must have have inflation. They have calculated the value to be 28%
That is, a 28% wage and salary increase will erase the pain of the health care insurance catostrophe
The race to serfdom is on!
This was written over 160 years ago and it's a good thing modern day "conservative" amplifiers on the radio are finally quoting it
"Legal Plunder Has Many Names"
"Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, MINIMUM WAGES, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole with their common aim of legal plunder constitute socialism."
Unaccountable bureaucrats (socialists/fascists/totalitarians) need to hide their plunder of the currency, the devaluation of the fiat paper, from the masses. Enter their accomplices/co-conspirators, the corrupt politicians, as champions of the downtrodden raising their minimum wage.
Root cause? Never addressed.
The root cause of the devaluation of currency by the socialist created FED is never discussed.
Socialism Is Legal Plunder. The minimum wage has to keep up with the plunder, otherwise the low-information voters may get restless.
Contrarian view to the Pioneer Press one-way propaganda dictate
In Cuba and other pure Communist countries, everybody who is not a Leader is equal in rights, housing, food, medicine and of course, wages.
Last I heard the Equal Wage for all Cubans in their Communist Utopia was 23 dollars a month.
The Communist Utopian Goal of a true “living wage” has been achieved in Cuba: they get $23 per month and they are allowed by their Communist Government to live.
Commie Obama needs more help here from the Obamanation Left in order to bless us with a like Commie Utopia.
Since the Left has always looked to California and Minnesota for Leadership, why not have them set their States’ minimum wages at 100 dollars an hour?
Soon Commie Obama would be “forced” to do the same for the rest of his Obamanation.
Of course, California would have to exclude their Movie Stars, Professional Athletes, Elected Politicians, Union Leaders, Left Steam Media Editors, and ex-politicians that are now lobbyists.
Since the inception of establishing a minimum wage the very basic coin of the realm,the cent, has become valueless. Todays penny costs more to make than its assigned value. Even Canada stopped making them..
This is not an argument for abolishing the coin itself. But to point out when a minimum wage rate is raised it affixes a given rate of inflation to the period of time its emplaced.
All raising the minimum wage does actually is devalue the dollar because costs (purchase prices) eventually get adjusted in time, which is never discussed by those advancing the argument, to compensate for the devalued increase..
When economists discuss monetary value, which is really and should be the purchasing power of that unit. They allways refer to the top value of the coin of the realm. In our (US) case it’s the dollar which is composed of 100 cents. Not the most basic unit which is the penny.
Whenever a” minimum wage” is mandated by government The value; meaning the purchasing power of the most basic unit of the currency involved, gets devalued . What governments should be doing is set policies which maintain or increase the value of their most basic unit of their currency. Not support policies with incremental devaluations of it so that those fractional units of their currency in our case the nickle, then the dime, then the quarter, et-cetera eventually become a valueless.dollar .
A case in point is in the 1940s a candy bar cost 5 cents when the hourly minimum wage was $.50 per hour. What does it cost today ? Likewise what were the costs of basic goods and services during that period of time as compared with todays basic wage feel good tinkering ? The result is that todays everything for a dollar stores are yesterdays five and dime.
Who gets hurt the worst when these adjustments are decreed by government? Its those living on fixed incomes whos income and savings value are based on previous purchasing power of previous era wage levels such as social security.
I can tell you this first hand. As a octogenerian in a rural area I can’t afford to pay a student or roustabout $10 an hour to mow my grass or do some yard work on what I’m getting from my social security check..
It’s whacked by devaluation . Because SS payments/ savings put into social security were not adjusted to the previous current rates of inflation. $300 a week in the 1960s was real money today it’s barely a living wage. And that also includes living on government subsidies. Eventually those subsidies eventually get increased.but not those living on what’s known as “Life Savings” .
When these feel good socialists frauds under the democrat party banner propose these increases. That is never considered as they pound their breasts claiming theyre for the little guy. All theyre doing is un-necessarily raising the price on goods and services broadening the demand that those affected seek help from them..