How do you feel about the minimum wage increase?

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This Friday, the federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25, a 10.7 percent increase. Currently, 75,000 Georgia workers earn at or below the minimum wage rate, and this increase will amount to approximately $112 in additional monthly earnings for these workers.

Some feel the increase is long overdue and not enough considering the current economic climate, while small business owners, especially those in the restaurant industry, fear the mandatory increase could force them to lay off workers, and not hire additional staff.

Let us know how you feel about the minimum wage increase by taking the poll and leaving your comments below. Will the increase ultimately help or hurt Georgia workers?

How do you feel about the minimum wage increasing to $7.25?

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jdb

July 21st, 2009
1:26 am

it should have been incresed years ago, should be at least ten dollars per hour now.

Jeff

July 21st, 2009
3:46 am

If a college kid home on Summer break is willing to work for $5/hr as a lifeguard flirting with girls, why should the government make it illegal for potential employers and employees to make a mutually beneficial agreement.

Z

July 21st, 2009
4:44 am

Its not the role of the government to set wages. Let the free market make the decision. Artificially raising wages like this will only lead to shortages.

dg

July 21st, 2009
8:36 am

Z, was it the government’s role to outlaw child labor?

Cindia

July 21st, 2009
9:29 am

The minimum wage should lift a worker out of poverty, not trap them in it. Working poverty hurts the whole community, not just the low-wage family.

jlc

July 21st, 2009
10:08 am

Minimum wage should have been this high long ago. Now it should be $10.50/hr plus benefits or $12.50/hr without benefits. When workers live in poverty, they often work multiple jobs and have little or no time for family. Adults need to have time to spend mentoring their own children to give them a healthy life both mentally and physically. Higher hourly wages would decrease the number of folks in prison, in jail, in psychiatric care and on drugs, both now and in the future. That would make life better for everyone, rich or poor or middle class.

JLG

July 21st, 2009
11:29 am

While there are many factors that affect wages and their impact on the worker and business owner there is one key component that requires personal reflecftion; is the business owner willing to earn less so that his fellow man can earn more?

seek

July 21st, 2009
3:24 pm

Money in poor folks pockets is money that wil be spebt in their neighborhoods benefitting everyone in the area.
I wish it was just college kids looking for a summer job but if you open your eyes and come out of your penthouse you could learn that many head of households work minimum wage jobs.
I know, I know with hard work and determination some can make it to the top but not everybody can make it to the top. That is a fact of nature, markets and physics.
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As for letting the free market govern wages, we let the free market govern wall street and the banks; How’s that working out for us?

Renee

July 21st, 2009
3:52 pm

The minimum wage should have been raised higher years ago and should be higher now. However, I voted that I was satisfied with the increase so at least the minimum wage increase suggested would be approved. Even if a higher minimum wage would cost me more in taxes or whatever, a higher minimum wage than even suggested would better all people. There just are enough people who have the common sense to understand that. The most famous and successful restaurant in New York has as its number one priority–employee satisfaction, benefits, etc. Strange as it may sound customers benefit from this policy and that’s why it’s the most in-demand restaurant in New York.

Barbara

July 21st, 2009
5:23 pm

In the US we have always promised people that if they work hard, they will be able to take care of themselves and their children. For many low wage workers this promise does not ring true. It is immoral to ask people to work full time but to pay them so little that they remain mired in poverty. As a person of faith, I believe that we are called to respond to poverty not just by generous charitable giving, but also by insuring that jobs in our economy pay enough to meet a family’s basic needs. Let’s raise the federal minimum wage to $10 by 2010!

Tracher

July 21st, 2009
7:26 pm

As it stands, with this increase, a full-time worker at minimum wage makes $15,000 BEFORE taxes. The key word is that these are WORKING – people are actually spending 10-40 hours a week making these low wages. The only jobs with large increases are those that pay a minimum wage. Wages should keep an individual or family out of poverty. It won’t hurt businesses – it could help attract and retain quality employees (less turnover and training costs). I say it should be higher that $7.25.

vickie

July 21st, 2009
9:59 pm

If we don’t allow minimum wages to increase , those who make them will not be able to add to the economy with their taxes and spendable income.

We are encouraging unemployment and welfare if we don’t provide for those living on less than is acceptable.

Families who have to have 3 part time jobs to make ends meet, usually do not have a health care plan. We need to provide enough wages so everyone is equal in health care, education and housing.

Leslie

July 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

Minimum Wage never ever intended to be a “living wage” – it’s intent was to be a STARTING point for people to strive to do better, work harder and find better paying work. The real problem is with illegal immigration devaluing the American worker. Illegal immigrants are draining this country. The impact of increasing the minimum wage will be increased prices and more layoffs.

And yes, I have worked 2-3 jobs to make ends meet, but I also worked hard to better myself and move into a much better paying job. The problem now is I am looked down upon because I DO work hard and have become successful.

We need to get government out of pockets and teach the value of hard work to our children, instead of them learning that the government will take care of them from the womb to the tomb.

Jimmy

July 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

Nobody works willingly for $5 an hour. They do it because it is that pay or none at all, due to their age or lack of skills. Anything less thana $10 an hour is disgrace to to the system of free enterprise, and an insult to the American worker. What is overlooked is that an immediate increase to $10, would provide the stimulus to the economy which has so far eluded us.

Fred Vermillion

July 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

It is very long overdue.

Barbara Rose

July 22nd, 2009
1:14 pm

It’s moving in the right direction, but should be higher.

R. Ortiz

July 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

Minimum wage is entry level. If you have no skills then you should be paid the minimum. Once you start gaining skills then your wage should increase. Raising the minimum wage so those with no skills get paid more is a joke. This is going to hurt our already hurting economy. Open your eyes people. Is it our fault that people choose to not gain the skills needed to gain more. These are the same people who have the give me mentality. Always want something for nothing. If you choose to be that person then you should only make the minimum. It’s that simple. Quit depending on our goverment to help you out. Just because the minimum wage goes up to 7.25 you still will be making the minimum. Do you actually think you’ll have a better quality of life if you are trying to survive off of 7.25. You will still be struggling. WAKE UP!!!!

R. Ortiz

July 23rd, 2009
11:56 am

Man you people are stupid who think minimum wage should go up or should have been increased a long time ago. If you keep increasing it you allow people to just sit back and not gain the skills need to be more productive. Why pay some stupid person 10 dollars and hour to flip burgers. MINIMUM WAGE IS ENTRY LEVEL PAY!!!!! INCREASE YOUR SKILLS AND YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR PAY. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!!

EPI

July 23rd, 2009
2:07 pm

Increasing the minimum wage will only destroy jobs. Teenagers will be disproportionately hurt by the minimum wage hike. A 2006 University of Georgia study found that for every 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, teen employment would decline by 4.6 to 9.0 percent. This proved to be true when last summer’s 12 percent hike in the minimum wage corresponded with a five percent teen unemployment spike. Congress should stop the minimum wage hike if it wants to save jobs and help teens gain invaluable experience and skills from a summer job. For more information, check out http://www.minimumwage.com or http://www.teenunemployment.com

ayoung

July 25th, 2009
11:11 am

The minimum wage is based on economic illiteracy and a disdain for freedom. –FIRST, if you raise the price of anything, on average, people will by less of it. Raise the price of labor (by increasing the minimum wage) and, on average, employers will buy less labor. Employers will be less likely to increase hours for their workers when business picks up and they will be more likely to automate as a partial replacement for labor. — SECOND, if two parties freely agree to a transaction in which money is exchanged for a good or service (whether it be for clothing, or a car, or food, or labor), what business does a third party have telling them that the deal is off unless they agree to a higher price approved by the third party (in this case, the government)?