How about a $100 per hour minimum wage?

Unemployment Line - DepressionApril 25, 2013

By John Seiler

The Democrats who run California believe they are “progressives.” They want to “help the poor, the working classes, the proletariat.”

Hardly.

Their latest sop to the oppressed: they want to increase the minimum wage only to $9.25 an hour from $8. But who can live on $9.25 an hour in expensive California? That works out to only $19,240 a year.

If they really want to help the working poor, they should increase the minimum wage to $100 an hour. That would be $208,000 a year. With that wage, people also would qualify to pay for the higher state income taxes from Proposition 30, which voters passed last year.

So the $100 minimum wage would help the state budget, too.

It’s perfect: The working poor finally would have enough money to live here. Their higher wages would be spent goods and services that would employ other people — at $100 an hour as well. The higher wages would generate much higher tax revenues for the state government.

There’s no way anyone could be hurt. Progressives need to start the logs rolling for the $100 minimum wage.

 

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 25 April, 2013, 21:05

    Nice theory John, but the RAGWUS already does this for their workers. The truth is almost every government position is nothing but a higher paid welfare recipient. 🙂

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 26 April, 2013, 00:43

    Darnet, John, don’t give those dems any ideas.
    Hondo…

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  3. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 26 April, 2013, 07:20

    Asses like Donkey won’t agree, but here’s the TRUTH from a public employee in San Diego.

    Dear fellow San Diegans,
    I’m a senior management analyst, a 19-year employee with the city of San Diego, and a union member of the Metropolitan Employees Association. I cringe even as I type this because of all the negativity that has been plastered in the press about me and people like me over the last several years. Please, may I have a few minutes of your time to voice the truth?
    Here’s the truth about my pension plan. Wage earners across America typically pay 6.2 percent of their earnings straight out of their paycheck into Social Security and their employer pays a matching 6.2 percent. But being part of the city’s pension plan, I can’t pay into Social Security but instead must pay 12 percent out of my earnings towards the city plan. In addition, most civilian wage earners and their employers each pay 1.45 percent of earnings into Medicare, but as city employees some of us can’t do that either. Instead, we were guaranteed a healthcare plan when we retired. Now we no longer have that long-promised retiree healthcare benefit.
    Does “Enron” ring a bell?
    Now for the truth about wages. Analysts, as a classification, have not had an across-the-board pay increase since 2002, 11 years ago. The only change to our salaries was a supposedly “temporary” 6-percent pay reduction implemented in 2009, which is still in effect today. If you don’t believe me, I would be happy to show any reporter my tax forms.
    Currently, the city of San Diego and the MEA are in contract negotiations and the city’s negotiating team offered my union two stark options:
    1) maintain my current salary indefinitely, or
    2) reverse the 6-percent pay reduction over a period of five years with the stipulation that the city won’t have to use that 6 percent to calculate my pension checks when I retire, which is unlike the typical American’s Social Security check, which is based on their highest years income.
    So, either stay at my current salary. Or, wait for it: In 2018 I could be back to my 2002 salary but my pension check will be shorted.
    I, along with many other long-term employees, feel stuck, unappreciated, overworked, ridiculed and marginalized in the press. We don’t make the huge salaries and pensions that newspaper headlines inaccurately report and we are struggling with increasing costs along with you. Please! We are your neighbors, we pay taxes, buy gas and groceries, support our families, send our children to school with yours and pay mortgages — just like you.
    I just thought you might like to hear the truth from someone other than a politician or the press.
    Thank you for listening.
    Megan F. Sheffield is a city of San Diego employee.

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 27 April, 2013, 14:51

    The truth is mealy-mouth Mehlman every RAGWUS feeder is overpaid, underworked, over-benefited, and grossly over-pensioned.

    All RAGWUS members should have their pay cut by 30%, with no RAGWUS feeder earning more than $90,000 a year not matter what job title they have fashioned for themselves. All benefits reduced 50%, with users paying 50% of the cost. All pensions reduced to no more than $50,000 a year, with no funding from the taxpayers, no COLA’s, no “air-time,” no drop program, and no spiking. 🙂

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