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Sound Off: Obama's Call For a $10.10 Minimum Wage

Do you agree with a proposal to raise the minimum wage?

Sound Off: Obama's Call For a $10.10 Minimum Wage
During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama said he would issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for future federal contract workers to $10.10. 

Obama also called for Congress to act on a Democrat-backed proposal to raise the current federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all workers. The minimum wage in New York is currently $8 an hour. 

We asked Patch readers on our Facebook pages if they support the proposal to raise the minimum wage. Here's some of the responses:

  • Of course. When you can't buy a sandwich from an hours worth of work... And most work at $7.25 isn't sitting at a desk checking your Facebook... Then there is a huge problem. Raise it to $12 an hour.
  • Absolutely! The reason is simple: more money means that people (mainly teenagers) can spend more on goods and services, encouraging job creation in the private sector.
  • This will just push more items to be created elsewhere. If a company in the U.S. needs to pay an employee $10.10 but a company in Asia can pay whatever they want; the outside country is going to win the bid!!!
  • $10.10 is not a living wage either. Make a spreadsheet, could you support your family on that?
  • No, it'll drive up all prices. Minimum experience, minimum skill, minimum effort = minimum wage. Want more? Go get some more education and some more skills.
  • Raising the minimum wage forces corporations to either reduce their work force (recession) or raise their prices. They will certainly not let it affect their profit.
  • I have a college degree and I'm currently making $8 an hour cause I can't find a job in my field...along with thousands of other recent college graduates. Is this fair? $8 is not helping me pay my student loans. Not that 10 would either but it would make things a little easier.
  • I think it is great, but I fear most small companies will have to lay off people to handle the increase..double edged sword
  • Support! Especially now that so many employers have made their workers part-time to avoid paying medical insurance.
  • For the currently employed it is great. For the unemployed it will be that much harder to find a job. For the consumer, prices in small businesses and even corporate America companies will increase to offset this labor cost increase.
  • I feel like it is long overdue.. Businesses have to pay people what they are worth to work and we have to be able to afford rent and mortgages.
  • Raising the minimum wage will only cause inflation and small business to go out of business, and more people to work off the book. Fast food customer service is a entry level job not a career.
  • No because kids starting out with no training will not be able, or afford to be hired and just will not get the valuable experience of getting hired for a beginning job.
What's your take on raising the minimum wage? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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