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Good Effects of Minimum Wage

By Joe McIndoe
eHow, Nov 13 2010

The federal minimum wage presently stands at $7.25 an hour.

The minimum wage is sometimes a source of controversy, and remains a part of public discourse. The federal government raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in 2009, though other states have raised the minimum wage even higher. While the minimum wage has its drawbacks, it offers a number of benefits, too.

Benefits For Vulnerable People

What Does the Minimum Wage Have to do With Economic Recovery?

By Ms. Foundation for Women
Igniting Change Blog, Nov 1 2010

For those looking for a surefire way to stimulate our national economy, Ms. Foundation grantee Let Justice Roll (LJR) has a tried and true solution to suggest: raise the minimum wage.

Along the Minimum-Wage Battle Front

By Nancy Folbre
New York Times Economix, Nov 1 2010

There’s no actual swordplay, but you can see flashes of steel along with sparks when economists wield their weapon of choice — statistical analysis.

One of the most dramatic running battles concerns the effect of minimum-wage laws. Do they increase incomes for low-wage workers, or are higher wages counterbalanced by increased unemployment?

What Census Statistics on Poverty Aren't Telling Us

By Jessica Atcheson
UUSC Blog, Oct 7 2010

As you may have heard by now, a new Census report was released announcing that 3.8 million more people officially live in poverty now in America than in 2008, an increase that brings the total number up to 43.6 million — or 1 in 7 people.

Does a Higher Minimum Wage Reduce Jobs?

The Real News Network, Oct 7 2010

Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Washington. As the November elections come ever closer, economics are at the heart of the fight. One of the questions that everyone needs to answer is: what is the cause of this recession? And most people come to the answer—at least most economists do—that lack of real demand is at the core of the issue. An economy driven by credit card debt is not sustainable. One of the ideas of how to increase demand has been to raise the minimum wage. Federal minimum wage now is $7.25.

New Poll: 67 Percent Support Raising Minimum Wage to $10

By Public Religion Research Institute
Oct 5 2010
2010 American Values Survey Finds Broad Support for Increasing the Minimum Wage: More than two-thirds (67%) of the American public support increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 an hour.

Thanks To Those Who Labor Daily

Op-ed by Chuck Arnold
Lompoc Record, Sep 3 2010

Labor Day this year is celebrated Monday, Sept. 6. The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The U.S. military and federal marshals shot and killed a number of workers during the 1894 Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland, fearing further conflict, proposed legislation marking Labor Day a national holiday. This legislation was pushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Since that time, all

Value Workers to Build Economy

Editorial 
Hammond Daily Star (La.), Jul 26 2010
The value of minimum wage today is lower than the value of minimum wage in 1956, according to the Let Justice Roll coalition of faith, community and business organizations.

The decline in worker buying power is one of the reasons this nation is in the worst economic crisis since the Depression, and it is a big reason we are having so much trouble rebuilding the economy. Businesses are not hiring because they don't have enough customers, and workers are not buying because they don't have the money.

$7.25 -- still the minimum wage one year later

By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star, Jul 24 2010

Today, July 24, is the date that last year’s federal minimum wage hike went into effect.

The wage floor, which went up in a three-step process to $7.25, has no further increase scheduled.

No Happy Anniversary for Minimum Wage Workers July 24: Value of minimum wage lower than 1956; Faith, community, business coalition calls for raise

Jul 23 2010

July 24 is the anniversary of last year’s raise in the federal minimum wage and no new increases are scheduled. The minimum wage is so low today at $7.25 an hour, says the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, that it’s lower than the minimum wage of 1956, which was $8.02 adjusted for inflation. 1956 is 54 years ago.

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