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There is no place in the United States where a minimum wage worker working 40 hours a week can afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment.

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MINIMUM-WAGE laws have a long history and enduring political appeal. New Zealand pioneered the first national pay floor in 1894. America’s federal minimum wage dates from 1938. Most countries now have a statutory pay floor—and the ranks are still swelling. Even Germany, one of the few big countries without, may at last introduce a national … Continue reading »

US / Raising That Minimum Wage: Surprisingly a good policy says Krugman

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The president’s call for a rise in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9, with subsequent increases in line with inflation. The question we need to ask is: Would this be good policy? And the answer, perhaps surprisingly, is a clear yes. Why “surprisingly”? Well, Economics 101 tells us to be very cautious … Continue reading »

US vs OECD / Minimum Wage Is Relatively Low

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US / Five states without a state-set minimum wage, Louisiana is one of them

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A recent national report shows that Louisiana is one of only five states without a state-set minimum wage, but state officials say it doesn’t really matter. The National Conference of State Legislators report shows that Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee have no set minimums that must be paid to workers in private or … Continue reading »

US / Minimum wages raises will benefit nearly 1 million workers in 10 States reports National Employment Law Project

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 21, 2012 ⋅ 7 COMMENTS

The minimum wage will increase in ten states on Jan. 1, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly one million low-paid workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The state minimum wage rates will rise between 10 and 35 cents per hour, resulting in an extra $190 to $510 … Continue reading »

New York / Minimum-wage hike would kill 22,000 jobs over the next decade finds The National Federation of Independent Business

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A proposal to hike the state’s minimum wage would kill 22,000 jobs over the next decade and cut economic output by $2.5 billion, New York’s small- business lobby claimed in a study released yesterday. The National Federation of Independent Business report estimates that seven of every 10 job losses would occur in small businesses, which … Continue reading »

US / Domestic workers barely make minimum wage

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Nannies, caregivers and housecleaners earn a median wage of about $10 an hour, and few receive benefits like health insurance or paid sick days, according to the first-ever national statistical study of domestic workers, which is being released Tuesday. The study, based on interviews with 2,086 workers in 14 major metropolitan areas, found substantial differences … Continue reading »

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