Raise the federal minimum wage
Editors Baltimore Times | 9/6/2013, 6 a.m.
As families traveled down the road this past Labor Day weekend, many of them relied on fast-food restaurants for a meal or two, in the interest of saving money and keeping the kids happy. It would be also good to give some thought to the fact that most of the workers serving those meals are making the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. To figure a weekly gross, don’t multiply that figure by 40 because many of these workers are lucky to get 15 hours, maybe a little more.
While restaurant owners may not be the best example, given the thin margin of profit they are afforded, one need not search far to find workers in a variety of jobs, who because of minimum pay are close to poverty if not in it, depending upon how many people they must support in their households.
There has not been an increase in the minimum wage rate since 2009. At what level is an increase an important discussion for Congress to have with the American people. It may require compromise but let the debate begin sooner rather than later.