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Bring About a Living Wage – Sign the Petition

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This is a history of minimum wage increases under the 1938 act. This is current as of September 2009, with the inflation adjustment going to August 2009, the latest data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cut poverty in half by paying a living wage. End the subsidies to businesses that pay poverty wages.

To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Paying a living wage would solve many problems in our country. Over half of the poor in this country work, yet they need government services such as food stamps and Medicaid. Turn these folks into taxpayers rather than people needing our tax dollars. Stop the subsidies to business that pay poverty wages. Give work dignity by paying people a fair and just wage. We all do better when everyone is doing better.

Sign the Petition.


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  2. There have been a lot of studies of the effects of raising the minimum wage on employment – see John Schmitt’s comprehensive paper (PDF) and (as Jared Bernstein points out) “Pay particular attention to the results from all those natural experiments created by all the variation among the states.”

    If you don’t have time to read the whole paper, just take a look at Figure 1, that is a sort of meta-analysis. It clearly shows the clustering around the empirical fact that minimum wages have no effect on employment.

    Rather than look at the minimum wage issue in isolation it makes more sense to consider how it works in combination with the Earned Income Tax Credit. As Mike Konczal clearly explains in this post “The EITC partially subsidizes employers, and as such the minimum wage is an excellent way to combat this. So it complements, rather than substitutes, for an EITC.”


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