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Bosses down on minimum wage hike

Unsavory choices: Higher labor costs or fewer workers

March 25, 2013

The federal minimum wage is making news again. In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9 per hour....

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MrPeabody

Mar-25-13 6:53 AM

Wages go up employment goes down and the price of goods to us will climb even high . It's a BIG LOSE LOSE to all of us .

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BeRight

Mar-25-13 8:07 AM

Senator and Democrat Elizabeth Warren wants to know why the minimum wage is not $22. per hour. Now that’s what I am talking about. Why limit it to $9.00 like the presidents wants? $9.00/hr is a poverty wage.

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Orchardfarmer

Mar-25-13 8:41 AM

I'd hire a bunch of people if I could pay them $4 or $5 an hour. That makes all sorts of things profitable. Consider: You may not want to work at $5 an hour, but someone else might. Of course, I expect that I couldn't find many good workers at $5 an hour, which is why I've always paid more than minimum wage when I've hired people.

BeRight - perhaps you could explain how to make a profit in fast food at $22 per hour. Or perhaps you'd like your apples to cost $5 a pound. Or maybe pay $15 for an afternoon at the swimming pool.

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jammon

Mar-25-13 9:15 AM

Orchardfarmer- I don't know about making a profit at $22 an hour for fast food, but I can assure you that it could still be significantly higher and still be extremely profitable..the average McDonalds franchise owner nets 275K per year per store after all expenses, this according to McDonalds own figures, while the average full time employee of the same store makes about 17K.

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BeRight

Mar-25-13 9:20 AM

Orchardfarmer: I can not explain it because you can't. Maybe you need to direct your question to President BO or Democrat Warren.

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armybrat

Mar-25-13 9:23 AM

It's a no win situation. For years the truck farms hired people to harvest the vegetables. But if a machine is cheaper, in the long run, you can't blame a farmer for going to automated machinery to do the same job.

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OLERETERIEDMWT

Mar-25-13 9:23 AM

why didnt Whitten tell us the folks He hires are Mexicans with NO green card?

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armybrat

Mar-25-13 9:26 AM

No one can knock the truck farms for going automated. These farms cannot get people to do manual labor at minimum wage. The jobs are there every summer, but it is to easy to draw welfare benefits in place of working. A job is a job, even temporary jobs.

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WandyisCool

Mar-25-13 12:08 PM

Higher rate of pay, more income tax to fund the expanding welfare program, so the 3rd and 4th generations of sloths and the "New Americans" can continue to sit on their bums and drink their 64oz "Big Gulps".

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flintknapper

Mar-25-13 2:11 PM

I can only talk about my experiences with minimum wage, but I can tell you that raising it is the worst thing you can do to someone trying to dig themselves out of a fiscal pit. For many years I worked fast food (minimum wage central) and EVERY time I got myself raises above minimum wage, Bush or Clinton would raise the minimum, and I was knocked back to being minimum wage again. Worked hard, got a few raises, and bam! - back to the bottom - and the fast food prices would rise proportionately every time, to cover their rising labour cost. The 90's were impossible to get a break. MInimum wage does NOT help, it hinders.

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BeRight

Mar-25-13 3:52 PM

When President BO said at his SOTU speech that the minimum wage should be $9.00, all the Democrats stood up and applauded. I guess they don’t agree with you.

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armycorp

Mar-25-13 4:14 PM

Ready to add at least dollar to every meal you eat out, a penny for gas, etc. We will all pay the wage increase, lower our standard of living and really not improve the situation for the minimum wage earner.

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mcprof

Mar-25-13 5:11 PM

Nothing surprising in this story. The capitalist dogs still want to keep the low-wage workers as low as possible. If you're interested, look at the minimum wage in Australia--it's a living wage.

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exofDevola

Mar-25-13 5:59 PM

Back years ago minimum wage jobs went to high school or college kids working their way thru school. There were older workers but usually try had been at the place a while and had gotten some raises. Now a lot of people work those jobs because its the only thing that they can find so they take them and they work for very little money and no benefits. Tell those hardworking people you can't give them a raise /they usually are trying to get out of hole that they ended up in and now at least they have this. You all would be down o. Them if they said take this job and shove wouldn't you? I learned a long time ago most bosses are not going to give a raise/ they just expect for you to be thankful. Well jobs are good but never getting a raise isn't either. There is always a reason a raise is not in the bosses plans . Heaven forbid you try to make ends meet on minimum wage earnings

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thegreek

Mar-25-13 8:07 PM

How much profit is enough??? I have heard companies say "we only made 10 million this year. Not as much as last years 25 million" !!!!???Still made a profit!!!

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Sweetcorn54

Mar-25-13 8:47 PM

Olereteriedmtw: Witten farm market does not employ 'Mexicans with no green card' they are a part of the federal H2-a program. Which allows the business to hire foriegn worker after fully advertising on a local level and thus proving no negative affect on the local labor level. Before making your thinly veiled racist remark please do a little research. And of the 100 seasonal jobs wittens hire for only about 20 are worker visas from abroad.

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Sweetcorn54

Mar-25-13 8:53 PM

Thegreek: I'm confused by your comment. Most business is run off of the idea of percentages and expectations. If a business makes 10 million profit off of 900 million in sales that by most standards 'is not enough' percentages are what matter. Not just the nominal value.

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exofDevola

Mar-25-13 8:58 PM

I live next to a state with a tea party governor who wants to make his state accountable but has mega tax breaks for the wealthy . He has decided state workers are over paid so when someone retires or gets fired they are not replaced. Now that sounds wonderful unless you are a state worker that is now doing the job of 3 or 4 people and by God there us no overtime . and if you are a teacher , you will have more than 25 kids in a classroom . The state on the other side is creatively cutting all the people who had jobs of " part time status 39 hours "so they do not get benefits . Well now those jobs are being cut to under 29!a week as the employers are anticipating having to pay this people health benefits so they are cut way back . Then they hire more workers under the 28 hr cap/ all the time dating this has no relation to Obamacare.Real nice !

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Sweetcorn54

Mar-25-13 9:02 PM

Does anyone notice 20 years ago minimum wage was 5.00 a Big Mac meal was 2.99. Today minimum wage is 7.85 and a Big Mac meal is 4.99. McDonalds no longer lobbies against minimum wage hikes because if minimum wage goes to 22 bucks and the Big Mac meal will rise accordingly no one really wins or loses

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scrappile

Mar-25-13 9:28 PM

Some say they work hard for the money, and unless they pass a bill rejecting it, members of the U.S. Congress will get $4,700 cost-of-living (COLA) raise beginning in January 2009. The average member of Congress will realize a 2.8 percent raise, bringing his or her annual salary to $174,000. The raises for congress will cost taxpayers $2.5 million during 2009. Source: US gov info

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scrappile

Mar-25-13 9:30 PM

Hey billy boy, do your raises have an affect on businesses, small or large?

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rocker

Mar-25-13 11:01 PM

Let the MARKET determine the minimum wage rate instead of liberal anti-capitalist demokrat dogs in the Congress who have no idea what it takes to operate a busniness.

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MrPeabody

Mar-26-13 6:26 AM

Wages go up employment goes down and the price of goods to us will climb even higher . It's a BIG LOSE LOSE to all of us .

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thegreek

Mar-27-13 5:55 PM

The increase in wages should be taken from the CEO's bonuses. Not by an increase in the price of their goods. Oneill. Just because I am pro 2nd ammendment doesn't mean I am a financial derelect !

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