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Rep. Miller: Raise The Minimum Wage

Democrat George Miller is a co-sponsor of a bill that would hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Local Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, is co-sponsoring a bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Miller's co-sponsor is Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

"Even during a so-called 'golden age of corporate profits,' millions of working families are falling behind because their paychecks aren't keeping up. That's immoral and that's undermining our economy," stated Miller in a press release on the Fair Minimum Wage Act.

Sue March 09, 2013 at 04:53 PM
The bigger question is how do we narrow the gap between the massive salaries of the CEOs and the working class. The spread has gotten wider and wider. We need to ensure our kids are getting not only a good education but a great one and are pushed to excel. This country is considering making visas easier to get for the high tech and engineering people needed as our country doesn't seem to be able to produce enough of them? Why?
Chris Nicholson March 09, 2013 at 05:55 PM
For so long as state taxes are fully deductible from federal taxable income without limit (NOT a given), the max effective rate for CA+Fed is about 51%.
Chris Nicholson March 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Why? Because STEM majors are hard and not everyone has the raw brainpower and desire to pursue such a career. I think it is fundamentally wrong to bemoan high CEO comp in context of rank and file pay. CEO pay is effectively a negotiation between stockholders and the CEO as to how to share the money made by stockholders. A great CEO can move that needle. A great line employee cannot. Ironically, recent (last 10 years) backlash on stock options (which truly align incentive) has lead to more comp in the form of cash and outright stock grants. This is dumb. Senior execs of public companies should, ideally, be compensated on an indexed basis for how much money they make for investors. We should make changes to bring back stock options as a tool to be used deeper into the employee base. The "working class" (I'm still trying to find out who the non-working class are) should, as you suggest, focus their education and training on higher value-add roles and abandon doomed strategies of coercing companies to pay high-skill wages for low/medium-skill jobs. The pie is not fixed, a big bonus to the CEO does not take food from mouths of rank and file. If a CEO can make the company more profitable and efficient by laying off people, we should applaud and reward that. Not because we hate workers, but because we should love efficiency. What is the alternative?
Lawrence Risner March 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Not to worry, off-shore and automation has and is taking it's toll. Notice that the government employees (those paid by tax revenues) are not effected by down turns in the economy as is the private sector they govern. Somehow, they too should be held to the very same restrictions they place on us. Cost of living adjustments for congress - never happen!!!! Reality is that if the minimum wage is increased at this time it will have a negative impact on not only job openings but also the businesses that hire at minimum wage. Nice idea but not practical at this time!
Patrick J. McNamara March 09, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Exactly. The wealth of Ben & Jerry or George Soros does not make me poor. What does it mean that the "wealth gap" is widening? I will tell you. It means that the rich are getting richer and the poor are also getting richer, but not as fast as the rich. But that hopeful fact does not lend itself to enough proletariat outrage, apparently, so the statistics are more carefully parsed into the terms like "wealth gap" or "income gap" so that the fact that the poor are getting richer is masked, and political agendas may be furthered. There is still a part of all our brains that reacts favorably to the idea of Robespierre and his social outrage catharsis machine...otherwise known as the guillotine. George and his ilk play with your susceptibility to that pleasure center. Why does our education system fail to produce the numbers of math and science prodigies that India and Asia? Ask George Miller and his CTA masters. As you listen to his dogmatic answers, keep in mind that India and Asia succeed with a fraction of our education funds; that Finland, whose educational outcomes are ranked number one on Planet Earth, do so with 60% of California's per pupil spending.

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