OBAMA: We know our economy’s stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.
Tonight, let’s declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty — and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.
We should be able to get that done.
–State of the Union Address, 2013
The question: What do you think of Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, and how do you think it will affect you or the economy?
I don’t think it would affect me that much, but then again I am thinking about moving to Georgia, where the minimum wage is like, five something an hour, it’s one of the lowest in the country. So I think it will affect me then. But I’m also worried about where that money’s coming from, and if we could be spending it on something better. -Hillary Bliven Student at PLU
“I think it’s long overdue and I think that giving poor people more money will stimulate the economy. People that are up to their eyeballs in debt don’t [typically] spend their money on frivolous things.” –Joseph Preti Student at Evergreen
I’m originally from Texas, I think the minimum wage there is seven fifty. I think it will affect me because I’m planning on going back there, but I don’t know how much it would affect my on-campus job now. But I think it would make a big difference in increasing the wage there. -Maddie Schneider. Student at PLU
I’m worried that business owners will try to cut jobs to save money. For example, many small business owners don’t have their own accountants any more, [the business owner] will do it themselves or give one of their employees a little extra to do the job of two people, rather than hire someone separate. You want to be hopeful that it will help people, but that’s just how capitalism works. -Brandin Hisaw. Olympia