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Americaís Minimum Wage Crisis

Guest Opinion


DR. GLENN MOLLETTEBy DR. GLENN MOLLETTE, Syndicated Columnist
To The Desert Independent

March 13, 2021

One problem with all Americans making a minimum of $15 an hour is that some business owners donít make $15 an hour.

Hundreds of thousands of small business owners struggle every day to keep the lights on and the doors of their business open. The only way they can afford help is with people who are willing to work for a low wage. This is tough for all. In most cases the business owner would like to pay more and the employee needs to make more.

You canít economically survive on $290 a week. Apartment rent can easily be $500 to $3000 a month depending on where you live. Add utilities, cell phone, transportation and you can forget eating much if any. The reality is that minimum wage workers can barely survive. They end up applying for public assistance, standing in food bank lines and eventually face deteriorating health and often homelessness. You cannot care for yourself on $7.25 an hour. Living out of your car or in a tent is not the American dream.

It is time for a federal minimum wage increase. Eleven to $12 an hour would be a push for many small business owners but we all need to push and try to get there together. Eventually everything goes up in price but itís some relief for millions of Americans in the short-term. Even $12 an hour is only $480 a week, but if you are surviving on $290 per week it would have to seem like winning the lottery. However, consider the impact this will have on a mom and pop business that has five employees and suddenly the payroll has just jumped by almost $1000 more per month. It will be tough. A $15 minimum wage means $600 a week or more than doubling everyoneís pay. How many businesses in America can just flip the switch and double everyoneís pay?

If you are the employee you are desperate for higher wages. If you are the employer you worry about how you will pay the higher wage.

The Congressional budget office reported the higher $15 minimum wage would lift 900,000 out of poverty. On the other hand, the same CBO reported 1.4 million would lose their jobs by 2025.

The only place in America who currently has a $15 minimum wage is Washington, D.C. If you have ever gone out to eat in D.C. then you know $15 an hour is not enough in that town.

Washington state is $13.69. California is $14. New York is $12.50. West Virginia is $8.75. Kentucky is $7.25. Indiana is $7.25. Texas is $7.25. Florida will be $10 soon. Utah is 7.25.

The bottom line for us all is do not settle for any minimum wage forever. Work hard for a promotion or move to a better paying job. Minimum means a starting job rate. It doesnít have to mean your maximum pay rate forever.

The opinions expressed are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Desert Independent, LLC.


Glenn is a graduate of Georgetown College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lexington Theological Seminary and Newburgh Theological Seminary. Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist, Speaker and Author. Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of many books that may be purchased HERE. He is also a wonderful vocalist and his music is available HERE. His syndicated column is read in all fifty states. Contact Glenn Mollette at GMollette@aol.com.

Learn more at www.glennmollette.com. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette. 



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