The House voted to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
“You should not be relegated to poverty if you work hard and play by the rules,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
I believe this paltry increase still keeps the person earning it at poverty level. I mean, WHO can live on $290 per week before taxes working fulltime? That’s $1160 per month before taxes or about $15,000 a year if you don’t take any sickdays or vacation time.
How do they pay for rent, utilities, food… not to mention medicine???
Over the holidays I got sick and purchased $50 worth of medical relief at Walmart’s low, low prices: Bronkaid, Theraflu multi symptom thin strips, Tylenol Cold for severe head congestion, Vicks vapor rub, a box of 280-Kleenex, and Lipton tea.
How does someone earning the minimum wage buy over-the-counter meds?
And I don’t understand why it took ten years to rasie the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour. Think about it… $5.15! That’s a Starbucks Venti Cafe Latte.
Perhaps, if our elected officials made a proper increase to the minimum wage, the governemnt wouldn’t spend so much money on social services to supplement what these families can’t afford.