Minimum Wage Raise
California and Michigan are leading by example in the fight to raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour.
While some states currently have minimum wage set higher than the federally assigned rate, the country is still looking to raise the wage across the board.
The Raise Debate
While some politicians feel an increase in the minimum wage is fair, there are still some screaming foul, believing that an increase in wages could hurt employers ability to pay higher wages.
Some would argue that minimum wage is no longer sufficient in regards to housing costs, rising food bills and fluctuating gas prices.
What do you think?
Highest Minimum Wage States
States with the highest minimum wage currently include states like:
Alaska at $7.75
Arizona at $7.80
California at $8.00 with a proposed jump to $10.00
Colorado at $7.78
Conneticut at $8.50
Delaware at $7.75
Florida at $7.79
Illinois at $8.25
Iowa at $7.80
Maine at $7.50
Massachusetts at $8.00
Michigan at $7.40
Missouri at $7.35
Montana at $7.80
New Mexico at $7.50
Nevada at $8.25
New York will be at $8.00 an hour beginning in December 2013
Ohio at $7.85
Oregon at $8.95
Rhode Island at $7.75
Vermont at $8.60
Washington at $9.19
Minnesota has the lowest minimum wage set at an alarmingly low $6.15. Even Puerto Rico pays a higher minimum wage at $6.55 though that is still considerably lower than most states in America.
States Still at $7.25 Minimum Wage
The states that are still at $7.25 per hour minimum wage are as follows:
Minimum Wage in Texas
The minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 which comes to roughly $15,080 per year, or less than $1260 per month. With the way rents are set, a resident of Texas must make three times the rent to qualify for an apartment in the state. Which means they can "afford" a rent of only $419.
You can't find an efficiency apartment for that amount, especially in the Austin, Texas area. That means a family of two working adults, both making minimum wage cannot afford more than $840 per month. If they have a family of more than four people, they are now kicked out of the qualifying bracket for a two bedroom apartment but will not qualify for anything more spacious.
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If you believe that the federal minimum wage should be raised to $10.00 an hour, call your representatives or contact the White House directly to see what you can do to support the act.
Every voice matters.
The phone number to the White House is 202-456-1111 to leave a comment.
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The White House visitor's office can be reached at 202-456-6213.
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