Minimum-wage workers in city to see pay rise to $10.66

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  • Alex La Pierre posted at 9:34 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    lapierrea Posts: 5

    What getting an education is for, is digging you further in debt with no guarantee for work in this teetering economy. Throw a bone (come on 15 cents!) to these workers who are earning and working for a living or it may just come more from your tax dollars anyways.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:15 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Sam Bregman, chairman of the state Democratic Party, tells us that "Nobody should work a 40-hour week and be substantially below the poverty line.”

    Well, for a single individual the poverty level is $11,490, but forty hours a week at $7.50 pays a person $15,600 a year, which is obviously more than the poverty level. Additionally, the poverty level for a family of four is $23,550, but two parents each working forty hours a week at $7.50 collectively earn $31,300, or 32% more than the poverty level. So, who are these folks who work a forty hour week and still end up "substantially below the poverty line," and how did their own choices contribute to their current situation?

  • Katie Rodriguez posted at 6:34 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    nmsoccermom Posts: 1

    Mr Bergman, I am a bookkeeper in Santa Fe and I can tell you about businesses in Santa Fe that have gone out of business because of the living wage. However, and more importantly, I can tell you about businesses that do not hire employees because the wages are too high. Many small businesses are owner operated and owners are working longer hours in order to keep their labor costs down. Additionally, our high living wage was kept national chains out of Santa Fe since their business models cannot support this wage structure. While I agree that working 40 hours and still living in poverty is unfortunate, that is what getting an education is for.


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