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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:22 PM
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Minimum wage would go to $10 under (Illinois) Senate bill
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Senate Democrats proposed raising the states minimum wage Thursday in a bid that eventually would boost pay for the working poor to more than $10 an hour.

Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) introduced legislation that would raise Illinois $8.25-an-hour minimum wage by 50 cents plus the rate of inflation annually until it reaches its historic level.

The legislation defines that level as the equivalent in todays dollars of what $1.60-an-hour was in 1968 when the inflation-adjusted buying power of the minimum wage peaked. Today, that rate would equal $10.03 per hour.

If the proposal gains traction in the Legislature this spring, it would help offset the impact on low wage earners of the 67-percent increase in the individual income-tax rate that took effect in January.


Read more: http://www.suntimes.com/business/3759301-420/minimum-wa...
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BadgerKid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:26 PM
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1. A slice for everyone: Raise state income tax, then increase wages. n/t
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:07 PM
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4. Yup that was my first thought.
They'll raise the minimum wage so they can get more $$ of income taxes.
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ItNerd4life Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:30 PM
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2. I wish it was only for people older than 21
Teenage unemployment is horrible partly because of the minimum wage.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:11 PM
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9. So you'd be cool with a subminimum wage for teens?
Smacks of exploitation to me.
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24601 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:22 PM
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10. Yes it's far better to exploit them by unemployment. Because
the higher you make it, the fewer produce at that level.

High taxes and high unemployment - Illinois heading for a meltdown.
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katnapped Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 05:47 AM
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13. By your logic
Why bother paying anyone at all?

Because by your logic we all should be thankful to live in such a free country, never mind being able to survive in it.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:47 PM
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11. RW talking points don't get any better by restricting them to a smaller demography. -nt
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:40 PM
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3. recommend
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OnlinePoker Donating Member (837 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:45 PM
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5. Just curious on stats
How many people in the state (or all of the States for that matter) are employed at minimum wage? Minimum wage here in B.C. is the lowest in Canada at $8.00/hr, but I remember when this issue was brought up in the fall they said only about 4% of wage earners are at that level so any increase would be mostly symbolic unless employers for the other 96% also increase their wages.
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 04:18 AM
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12. according to the BLS
minimum/sub minimum wage people comprise approximately 5% of the hourly wage employees (or 3.5 million people)

Additional stats on minimum wage workers are at the source link below:

Source
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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:02 PM
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6. Just $10?
Why stop at just $10? Why not $20?
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:58 PM
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7. $20 is not the historic rate as adjusted for inflation.
"Why not $20?"

Because $20 is not the historic rate as adjusted for inflation. However, that may beg additional questions, so...



1. The Quest for a Living Wage: The History of the Federal Minimum Wage Program by Willis Nordlund

2. A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society by Lawrence B. Glickman.

3. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:04 PM
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8. So?
Why concern oneself with the historic definition of survival?
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