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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Roosevelt Institute: Economy: Annette Bernhardt: Raising The Minimum Wage is a Step Toward Economic Freedom: How to Encourage Work Over Dependence

Raising the Minimum Wage is a Step Toward Economic Freedom

One of the things I don't like about our current public assistance system, well there are lots of things. Its hard to pick one but in the interest of time for anyone who might read this as well as my own time. I'll settle for one in this post and one issue gets to the heart of why our public assistance system isn't as. Effective as it should be and can be that people can literally make more money not working if you add up all of the benefits. Then they can make working so if you are a low skilled person and you have a choice of working a minimum wage job. Or a job that may pay a little more then that, lets say 8-9$ an hour or not working and being on Welfare or Unemployment Insurance. And you have bills to pay, perhaps kids to take care of and so fourth, unfortunately you are probably better off not working. And getting on public assistance and hopefully at least there they'll push you to get back in the workforce or. Get in the workforce period and show you how you can improve your skills so you can get yourself a good job and work your way off of. Public assistance all together.

What increasing the minimum wage or creating a living wage in America would do is reverse that. And what we could do is flip those things around and have unemployed people who are dependent on. Public assistance make less then low income workers and have the unemployed low skilled worker only make. What worker with their skills would make which is like 7.25$ an hour over forty hours a week fifty two weeks a year. But allow them to still collect things like Medicaid, food assistance, public housing and so fourth, its just that low skilled workers would make more in direct income. Because instead of getting paid 7.25$ an hour and working full time, now they are making 10$ a hour working full time. And if you are unemployed and on public assistance you'll see this and see that you could make a better living. For yourself working even a somewhat low wage job and make more then not working at all.

You want more people working and less people not working and collecting public assistance. Then working simply has to pay more then not working which is just one reason why we should increase. The minimum wage in America.