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Old 03-04-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Capitol & Tully
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
Why do you feel the minimum wage should be raised to $12.00 per hour?
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
Lower the minimum wage to $0/hr.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
Go from 8 to 12? That would hurt small business and employment numbers. California has stronger premium pay laws compared to the other states.
The other states are just 25 cents more for the most part. What we have to do is lower the artificial high cost of living.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Yes, lets throw more people out of work, drive up the cost of living even more, and encourage the use of illegal under-the-table labor even more. Brilliant!

Minimum wage jobs aren't supposed to be a career.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
Sounds like you need to educate yourself and get an better job.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Minimum wage in theory should be higher but in reality can't be higher. If the minimum wage was higher then other jobs would likely be adjusted to be a certain amount over this. Here's the problem with that:

If your local grocery store started paying it's baggers just a few dollars more than it's cashiers, the cashier's wages would have to be raised. Then what would happen is the price of everything in that store would skyrocket! This would create a chain reaction, your landlord for example would have to raise your rent by a lot just so he/she could afford groceries. Same thing with every other business. You think it's expensive now...
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living.
Adjusted to the cost of living where in California? San Francisco? Orange County? The Inland Empire? Sacramento? Redding? Barstow? There is a lot of variation in the cost of living in this state.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Sounds like you need to educate yourself and get an better job.
Like that's an easy thing to do in this economy?What planet are you living on? OP is correct on what SHOULD be done. How to accomplish it is another question.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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How can the minimum wage in this state be only $8.00/hr? How can people survive on that amount of money? It's ridiculous when you factor in the rent prices, gas, and insane taxes we have. The minimum wage should be adjusted to the cost of living. Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Connecticut all have higher minimum wages than California. What a joke.
Well, here's the obvious solution. Move all minimum wage workers to San Francisco where the minimum wage is $9.92 an hour. Failing that, reclassify all of them as "exempts" since Tthe Minimum Wage Ordinance states that exempt employees must make twice the state minimum wage. That way they'll all earn at least $16 an hour.

But wait! California has the most liberal (draconian in the opinion of businesses) overtime laws around and exempts don't have to be paid overtime. But the "good" news is that they're non-represented by unions and can't strike for better wages, benefits and conditions.

As is pointed out above, there's an uphill domino effect to a cross-the-board wage increase which, at the end of the line, costs all consumers more.
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