Why can’t the minimum wage be set to keep up with inflation?
Although minimum wage has increased this year to $6.55 an hour, it still does not compete with the continually rising of the cost of living. The neglect of increasing minimum wages from 1997 to 2007 had already left many families in the poverty level.
With the current prices of Consumer Goods and Gasoline, families working at minimum wage will never rise above poverty level.
So the main question on every hard workers mind: Why can’t the minimum wage be set to keep up with Inflation? The answer is; because it is up to our Congressmen to decide on this, and as of to date they have not chosen to do so.
The basic family of four in Baltimore, Md would need an annual income of $34,732.28 and this is bills and necessities only.
This should actually be the minimum annual income needed for families Nationally to survive.
The increase that will take effect in July 2009 will help some, but it still will not bring the minimum wage up to par with the cost of living.
Congress needs to step up to the plate and pull our workers, our families, the Americans, out of Poverty. We need our minimum wages to correspond with Inflation.
To request that our Government do what is right and fair for Americans:
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