2/15: Should Georgia raise minimum wage?

Moderated by Rick Badie
Georgia’s minimum wage for some workers of $5.15 an hour stands $2.10 shy of the federal wage, something state Rep. Rashad Taylor of Atlanta wants to change.

Advocates say workers deserve more, given inflation and basic living expenses.

The director of a state small-business association argues an increase would stifle economic momentum and even hurt hiring.

What do you think?

21 comments Add your comment

Barb

February 16th, 2012
2:02 pm

Raising the minimum wage gives workers more purchasing power which creates more demand for businesses. More demand creates more jobs and everyone wins. It also makes Georgia more competitive in attracting workers which again promotes economic growth. Higher paid satisfied workers also create less turnover, which saves the employer the cost of looking for and training new workers.

meno

February 15th, 2012
1:16 pm

Since you can always find desparte people willing to work for peanuts (look at the the Third World countries as well as places like China), I suppose you righties who are so against having minimum wage laws also would have no problem with reducing American’s overall standard of living.

jm

February 15th, 2012
11:18 am

hryder

February 15th, 2012
11:04 am

I agree with Zeke. Vote out all incumbents in November.

guyonthissite

February 15th, 2012
11:03 am

Why are so many of you against freedom? I should have the right to take a job for $2.13/hour if I want to, but you are telling me I shouldn’t have that right, that my choices should be limited to only what you have decided is ok. Working in a job I chose to apply for at a wage I was willing to accept is my right, my choice. Slavery is you telling me what I can and can’t do, thereby taking away my freedom, and now you are telling me I can’t accept low wage jobs.

You know which city in this country followed pretty much every left wing ideal, adopted crazy union rules, high minimum wages, etc.? Detroit! Yeah, let’s all imitate Detroit! I wish the left would actually look at the results of their ideas… And Communists… Those guys are evil. If something has led to mass murder and mass imprisonment everywhere it’s tried, devastation for all, literally death for many millions, and you want to try it again, then I can only think you want millions to die, and I consider that evil.

Truth_Hurts

February 15th, 2012
10:27 am

If you are raising a family, you shouldn’t be making a minimum wage salary. If you are, then you made some wrong choices in your life. Minimum wage is meant for kids who are new to the work force. If you are a ‘baby daddy’ making minimum wage, I suggest you learn a trade or job skill that employers are looking for. Yeah, that means you have to ‘earn’ it.

Truth_Hurts.

zeke

February 15th, 2012
9:41 am

Willie- 5.15 or 7.25 IS NOT SLAVE LABOR! You can thank the union scum for the fact that $ 200 a week is not enough to support a family! Drop all minimum wages laws, outlaw unions, and, allow the market for labor determine the level of pay! Your CEO argument is not relevant! Flipping a burger is not the same as heading up a company with several thousand workers and millions of dollars in sales!!

Common Sense

February 15th, 2012
9:39 am

Do you actually know what slave labor is Willie? It would mean that labor is the “property” of it’s owner.

Is that how you define someone who takes a job at an agreed upon salary or wage? They have become someone else’s property?

“If you can pay ceo’s millions of dollars for running a company and have losing income, then you can pay the workers a decent salary”

A company can only do this when the government is going to cover the losses. See MARTA,Solyndra, GM, and Chrysler for examples of this.

Ken

February 15th, 2012
9:27 am

Let the market decide. If I have a business and I cannot hire qualified workers for X amount per hr, I will be forced to raise what I pay per hr.
Are U.S. government workers worth an average $70,000. a year ????????????

williebkind

February 15th, 2012
9:24 am

Well, I am different than most of you when it comes to pay. I believe the minimum wage should be $20 per hr. If you can pay ceo’s millions of dollars for running a company and have losing income, then you can pay the workers a decent salary. If you are a mom and pop shop, get your own children to work for you not mine if your are going to pay minimum wages or run the company yourself. The idea of captialism does not include slave labor and any business person who says they can not afford the labor costs should become a laborer and not a business owner.