Friday, March 6, 2015

.@govwalker Scott Walker says $7.25 an hour is a living wage


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has treated the idea of raising his state's minimum wage with about the tact and seriousness you'd expect from a man who made his name attacking workers. Walker's administration has rejected the request of a group of low-wage workers to use an unusual Wisconsin law saying that the state's minimum wage has to be a living wage. The reasoning for refusing to raise the minimum wage? They're claiming $7.25 is a living wage:
"The department has determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the wages paid to the complainants are not a living wage," Robert Rodriguez, administrator of DWD's Equal Rights Division, wrote in the denial letter.
No. Reasonable. Cause. Remember that $7.25 an hour is below the poverty threshold for a family of two. A minimum wage worker would have to work 81 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Wisconsin. And check out a few of the details submitted by workers petitioning the governor to raise the minimum wage:
Denise Merchant said she makes $7.25 an hour and often puts off buying diabetes test strips because she can't afford them and couldn't afford to fix her car when it broke down two months ago. Dan'l Scott makes $7.70 an hour and is homeless. Marvin Mayes makes $7.45 an hour sometimes has to go without buying groceries in order to make rent. Even those with higher wages described struggling: Carolyn Jackson makes $12 an hour but risks getting her lights and phone turned off because she has to choose between buying food and paying bills, plus she forgoes medication for her diabetes in order to get her son's medication.

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