Tell Us: Should the Minimum Wage Be Raised?

Congressman Joe Kennedy III thinks it should go up. Do you agree?

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose 4th District includes Attleboro, announced earlier this month he is co-sponsoring the so-called Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. The bill calls for the federal minimum wage to go up from the current $7.25 ($8 in Massachusetts) to $10.10 over the next three years. It also calls for an increase of the tipped minimum wage and for future annual increases to be tied to the rate of inflation.

"The fact that this country continues to promote a minimum wage that leaves a full-time worker unable to keep his family above the poverty line is unacceptable,” said Kennedy, according to a press release on his website. "This country was built on the promise that hard work pays off; that economic mobility isn't determined by where you're born or what you start with but by the effort you're willing to put in to get ahead. Raising the minimum wage will be a sorely overdue lift to working families in the 4th District and an engine for economic growth across the country."

Do you agree with Kennedy? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Todd Ouellet March 19, 2013 at 05:48 PM
No! Leave it were it is! This will only burden business. This will put skilled educated people that worked hard to get some marketable skills and put them in the same league as the highschool kid standing around at the Gap. This is wrong! If you want to get ahead make yourself marketable. I don't care where you came from or what help you had getting started in life. I have been on my own since I was a teenager. nobody gave me anyting. I realized that and have made a good life for myself. Upping the minimum wage is more foster care for the lazy! but Joe doesn't know what a real job is anyway so what ever he does is based upon his surreal life! surprise people. We are all not going to live equal. Some have more, some have less! If you want us to all be equal then you believe in communism. And that means equal misery for all! Stop listening to these super rich Democratic leaders that are so out of touch with reality that they could be from mars! And as we know there is no intelligent life on mars!
Bill K. March 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Bertha, you took that right out of the Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels handbook.
Steven Scott March 19, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Leave it where it is, Minimum wage is not meant to be a full time gig. Minimum wage should be the base pay for part time kids or the 1st few weeks/months of a real job.If your not worth more to your employer then your in the wrong field.If we had to pay 10 bucks an hour to the kid who sweeps up we will all be out of business soon.
Todd Ouellet March 19, 2013 at 07:07 PM
So you agree Scott? lol
Gretchen Robinson March 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM
I agree. We absolutely need to raise the minimum wage. At a time when corporations are sitting on record profits and CEOs continue to be given exhorbitant salaries, it makes sense. It would also help the economy because these workers would have more money to spend.
Gretchen Robinson March 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Bertha, don't let these trolls and troglodytes deter you. I'm not citing Bill K. but some of the posters here are all to familiar to me. They have in the past said the most absurd things and acted like bullies to newcomers. I think they want their own echo chamber so their skewed ideas get reinforced.
Gretchen Robinson March 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I'm glad Joe Kennedy is our Rep. in Congress and not those putting out lies like those above. Steve Scott, I hope you never have to live on minimum wage and get food from food pantries and do without your meds, etc. etc. Have you know imagination for what it's like??
Todd Ouellet March 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Hey gretchen.I have Been poor. Lived on Ramen Noodles for years. Went without meds. Imagination. don't need it. Been there done that. Never took assistance from government. Never collected unemployment. But I did acquire skills started my own biz , Worked 80 hours per week. Still work 70 hours per week but I have a good life. I think you need be more careful before you make judgement. Please do you honestly think Joe Kennedy has any idea what to do in that office. The man does not know what a real job is. You are just another near sighted liberal with no clue what really goes on in government. Have you ever been poor Gretchen. I have. One poster said it correctly. Minimum wage is an temp wage. For school kids and new entry level jobs. If you want to make more earn some skills. Increasing this wage is going to hurt small business.
Todd Ouellet March 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Oh and Kennedies never lie. Hmmm. Chappaquiddick, JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Patrick the controversial sleepwalker/driver. Joe senoir the bootlegger. Really Kennedies never Lie! What a ignorant statement.
Steven Scott March 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I started as a kid on minimum wage, that's what minimum wage is for!! As I learned the job and became more value to my employer I made more money. When you want to give the new kid a living wage on his 1st day,where is the incentive to better yourself? Just because you have a pulse shouldn't be reason enough to make a "decent living" merit system builds best. That means the harder you work the more you make, I am totally against paying anyone just for showing up.I believe this is the biggest lie "The fact that this country continues to promote a minimum wage that leaves a full-time worker unable to keep his family above the poverty line is unacceptable,”I was taught hard work pays off no one is promoting a minimum wage, but it sure seems like hard work no longer counts with these politicians.
Tisiphone March 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Gretchen: "At a time when corporations are sitting on record profits and CEOs continue to be given exhorbitant salaries, it makes sense." Doesn't this translate to "those evil corporations have too much money again, we have to take it away from them". Gretchen, Lenin and Marx applaud you.
Gretchen Robinson March 20, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Todd. I was poor as a kid. I responded due to that comment: that minimum wage is a temporary wage. That is not the reality. Not in an economy where people say, take any job and work your way up. I am glad you have a good life. I am glad that you made it, that hard work worked for you. I don't think minimum wage is working for our country. Maybe small businesses can be exempted. My comment on "imagination" was to ask those who post what it's like for others who live in want despite a minimum wage job. I have worked intensively with familes. Went into homes both rich and poor, thousands of homes, saw the added hardships of the poor, what a hard-scrabble struggle people endure. I think this nation can do better by more people.
Todd Ouellet March 20, 2013 at 03:35 AM
We need to start by getting people to be less dependent on the government. You cant have a society that is subsidized by those who do. It ultimately fails. The only solution is socialism that evolves to communism. We have socialism now or I wouldnt be paying taxes that pay for welfare. I fear the progression to communism. That is everyone being equal. equally miserable. Sorry but every coin has two sides. There will be affluence and poverty alike.If you really believe in what you say then every time you eat at a restuaraunt you should give your wait person a fifty percent tip. I actually do. How much do you give. If you can't afford that then stay home and cook! But lets not make it so high school kids are making the same money as a fifty year old stocking shelves at home depot. Do you believe these buisinesses are going to scale the wage tables. Think this thru. You are posing questions from a very safe place that you reside.
Todd Ouellet March 20, 2013 at 03:38 AM
And I almost forgot. Many people need to do better for this nation. "Ask not what this country can do for you......"
paul March 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Get people less dependent on government by raising minimum wage. Many lazy people look at $7.25 and say no thanks, i'll chill out at my section 8 crib and walk to the liquor store with my EBT card and call my homeboys up with my free phone. Jobs are for suckers that want a small paycheck! What's on my free cable?
Amroke March 20, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Unfortunately in present day min wage jobs ARE full time jobs because there's nothing else out there. Min wage should absolutely be raised. most employers are NOT paying people what they are worth now a days because they know they can get away with it due to the dying job market. It is what it is, so we have to adjust. Employers expect at least $20 hr worth of work out of a 7.25 an hr job. It's not right and the way prices are rising on EVERYTHING it's the right thing to do. It will put a little more money in people's pockets which means they will spend more. IMO it will stimulate the economy. Not by a heck of a lot but its a start. Many older workers are being exploited and maybe this will make a difference. We have a true crisis on our hands and some seem to not want to approach it logically.
Amroke March 20, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Maybe a student min wage should be considered?
Amroke March 20, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Minors still in school 7.25, adults 10.10
jonathan March 20, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Increasing the minimum wage regularly and based on the current economic conditions as Britain has done works. Check out this article from the economist on the subject http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21571894-president-proposes-hefty-increase-minimum-wage-trickle-up-economics
Joe Kaplan March 20, 2013 at 03:01 PM
You are confusing Joe with George W.
Bill K. March 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Wow Gretchen, to not cite anyone as a troll / troglodyte yet use my screen name, very passive aggressive of you.
Bill K. March 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Wow Gretchen, to not cite anyone as a troll / troglodyte yet use my screen name, very passive aggressive of you.
Bill K. March 20, 2013 at 04:20 PM
If you want to live in a Socialist economy, yes it does
Tisiphone March 20, 2013 at 04:39 PM
There seems to be a desire to regard the Economist as neutral because it is foreign, In fact, it is proud of it's Left Wing slant.
clive rose March 20, 2013 at 05:50 PM
i dont think this is a left or a right thing, this is for honest poor working class people
Gretchen Robinson March 21, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I read the Economist and it's valuable for covering the world's economies, for it's breadth and insights, far and away better than our magazines, here. It is conservative in its stance and supports David Cameron and the conservatives in Britain against Labor which it is traditionally against. My friend taught Special Ed. in the worst part of the inner city in London for 5 years. She had two surgeries, never had to wait, her meds were paid for and she thrived there. Over here when she got back she was suddenly needy. Couldn't get a job and couldn't pay for her meds. All told your far better off being "honest poor working class" in England than here in US. USA isn't No. 1, you know. Most of us are in denial at how backward and ignorant we are about governance.
Gretchen Robinson March 21, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Tell us all about how you do things for this country, Todd. What kind of community service do you do, what kind of volunteer work, what boards do you serve on. Or do you and Tizzy just sit at your computers all day and vent your negativity. Do you ever get out of your comfy chair and actully DO any good for anyone else? Do you help to make the world a better place??
Gretchen Robinson March 21, 2013 at 02:03 AM
with college tuitions rising?? Egad!!! Think folks, think what it's like to be a college student these days.
Tisiphone March 21, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Gretchen, The Economist is deifnitely Left Wing. That it sometimes opposes the Labour Party is perhaps proof that The Economist is not a communist organ. Much can be deduced from the news which is not included. One must always be cautious in believing peoples stories of other lands. All of the older Cubans I know had finkas in Oriente and homes in Varadero. In answer to your comment about me, yes, I do have a life. The details of which are none of your business.
Gretchen Robinson March 21, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Tizzy I stand by my statement that the Economist is conservative. So is Guardian UK. Yes, your life is none of my business. But in commenting, I hold to the feminist maxim that "The personal is always political."


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