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Old 12-30-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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San Antonio cost of living continues to increase as we are a top 5 moved to spot in the nation. Because of demand, money from out of state coming in and other factors, housing prices, rent prices, and other cost of living increases continue to increase for San Antonio.

About half of the states (20) are projected to get minimum wage increases come 2019 and are actively making steps to ensure people are more adequately compensated for their work.

Is Texas (a strongly conservative state) - and in effect San Antonio - one of the states working to increase the minimum wage to ensure workers are more adequately paid for their time and work?:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ar/2377035002/

If cost of living is truly continuing to increase and wages for the bottom half are renaming relatively stagnant, what does this mean for a large portion of San Antonio workers?

Our very own moderator for this section of the forum, Elnina and other members have posted topics on City Data forum regarding this:

"San Antonio ranks highest for people living beyond their means":
//www.city-data.com/forum/newth...newthread&f=63

"San Antonio ranked among worse nationwide for Americans in debt"
San Antonio ranked among worse nationwide for Americans in debt.

In 2018 we saw news articles and studies regarding: "Paychecks lag as profits soar" and "Wage Growth Is Slow: Employers Don't Need To, Or Want To, Pay more" from Forbes and other reputable news organizations and research organizations.
https://www.google.com/search?source...31.3_NDxY_ryEY

You do not have to be an economics major to understand where this is going for San Antonio. It is a bubble and it is a bad thing. If the local markets don't adequately pay a large portion of people for their hard work and effort (because "they don't need to or want to") and government does not step in to intervene for the greater good, you see what happens - see topics Elnina and others posted about. As that rubber band continues to get stretched thinner and thinner and further and further, eventually it will snap/pop. This will happen, not just with a handful of people but with a large portion of people.

State and local intervention is needed. As is typical with inadequately regulated capitalism, the local market is not self correcting and is predatory. Wealth is hoarded by small group of people. A large portion of workers continue pay the price of soaring profits and stagnant or slow (not proportional to profit increases) wage growth.

State and local intervention is needed.
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Old 12-30-2018, 01:47 PM
 
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GTHO with the greater good garbage. Get off your ass and make better decisions with your life. Your paycheck is not anyone's responsibility but your own. Stop having kids until you can afford them. Food is more important than tattoos. Smoking is expensive and unhealthy. Drugs are bad. If you're truly disabled and can't work, there is already assistance. People rise up out of poverty all the time and if you choose to wallow in it, see my second sentence.
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Old 12-30-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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I wonder what percentage of full-time workers in San Antonio are only paid $7.25/hour? Especially when I see notoriously low-paying service jobs (like food service or retail clerks, for example) being posted at $10/hour starting wage? Establishing a local minimum wage of $8 or $9 may not have that much beneficial impact, if the vast majority of local bottom-tier jobs are already paying more than that.


Even if the City of San Antonio were to pass a higher minimum wage ordinance, it would only apply to the City of San Antonio, and not Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Castle Hills, Leon Valley, unincorporated Bexar County, etc.
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:51 PM
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Minimum wage job should not be your career.

There are plenty of opportunities to get training to do something with you life.

My wife and I moved from Austin and find it dirt cheap to live here. We save a ton of money, and our salaries both went up.

We don't have kids we can't afford them. We don't live above our means. It's called being an adult not waiting for the government to hand out more money.
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Old 12-30-2018, 03:58 PM
 
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State and local intervention is needed. As is typical with inadequately regulated capitalism, the local market is not self correcting and is predatory. Wealth is hoarded by small group of people. A large portion of workers continue pay the price of soaring profits and stagnant or slow (not proportional to profit increases) wage growth.

State and local intervention is needed.
I agree with you on this subject. Wages are low and all the money is going to the rich. And it's not because workers are throwing away money on cell phones and avocado toast. Something changed after the dot-com bust in 2000. The amount of money going to employees vs. employers diverged sharply. I see that in my own life. My income rose substantially from 1980 to 2000 -- I was doing great! -- but now I'm making about the same amount in real dollars as I was in 1999. Totally flat. Is this trend okay with everyone? Shall we just keep blaming the victims and being grateful that we can keep our own heads above water?
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:26 PM
 
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GTHO with the greater good garbage. Get off your ass and make better decisions with your life. Your paycheck is not anyone's responsibility but your own. Stop having kids until you can afford them. Food is more important than tattoos. Smoking is expensive and unhealthy. Drugs are bad. If you're truly disabled and can't work, there is already assistance. People rise up out of poverty all the time and if you choose to wallow in it, see my second sentence.
Wow you are one to talk, i know people with very good degrees and experience that are stuck in call center hell. Its not as easy just to apply and get a higher paying job, if it was, everyone would do it.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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If you're working for minimum wage and not a teenager working your first job, then something is wrong. I routinely see burger-flipping jobs advertised at $10+ per hour.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I wonder what percentage of full-time workers in San Antonio are only paid $7.25/hour? Especially when I see notoriously low-paying service jobs (like food service or retail clerks, for example) being posted at $10/hour starting wage? Establishing a local minimum wage of $8 or $9 may not have that much beneficial impact, if the vast majority of local bottom-tier jobs are already paying more than that.


Even if the City of San Antonio were to pass a higher minimum wage ordinance, it would only apply to the City of San Antonio, and not Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Castle Hills, Leon Valley, unincorporated Bexar County, etc.
Can't find exact data for San Antonio, but there is data for Texas that most likely corresponds with situation in San Antonio:
"Of the nearly 6.3 million workers paid hourly rates in Texas in 2017, 78,000 earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, while 118,000 earned less, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that the 196,000 workers earning the federal minimum wage or less made up 3.1% of all hourly paid workers in the state.
Nationwide, those earning the federal minimum or less accounted for 2.3% of the hourly paid workforce.

Of the 196,000 workers earning the prevailing federal minimum wage or less in Texas in 2017, 111,000, or 56.6% were women."
However, the San Antonio City Council last year approved a 75 cent increase to the base pay for city employees to $13.75
Texas hasn’t seen a minimum wage increase since 2009

More here:
https://www.bls.gov/regions/southwes...kers_texas.htm
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Wait.....if they're already making less than minimum wage, how is an increase going to benefit them? My grandson - at 17 - is making $8/hr flipping burgers, and has worked there less than 60 days. He's up for a $1/hr raise because he's applied himself and has become a trainer for new-hires. He's a senior in HS - so tell me again about where the minimum wage jobs are.....

Burger flipping is a HS job....NOT a career - but lots of folks too lazy to go out and apply themselves sure try to turn it into one.
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:11 PM
 
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The point I was trying to make with the graphs above is that hardly anyone's income is going up these days. It's not just minimum wage earners, but people at all income levels. I haven't had a raise in three years. My employer is doing fine and did a big stock buy-back last year, but there was no money for raises and they cancelled our 401(k) match. At the same time, they announced a program for us to get discount movie tickets. Talk about tone-deaf.

Seriously, how many people feel like they are reaping the rewards of the booming economy? How are you doing compared to 10 years ago, before the great recession?
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