It’s now been 12 years without a minimum wage raise.
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July 28, 2021
We’ve hit a terrible milestone for the federal minimum wage – 12 years without a raise. The last increase was to $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009.
Previously, the most years going without a minimum wage increase was 10 years — from September 1, 1997 to July 24, 2007.
The minimum wage has become a poverty wage instead of an anti-poverty wage.
We’re in the longest period without a raise since the minimum wage was first enacted in 1938.
Twenty states have minimum wages no higher than the $7.25 federal level.
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee have no state minimum wage, while Georgia and Wyoming have a $5.15 minimum wage, so the $7.25 federal minimum wage applies. The others are Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
The federal minimum wage peaked in buying power in 1968, when it was worth more than $12.50 in 2021 dollars, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Imagine going back in time to December 1968, when Apollo 8 astronauts made history by becoming the first humans to orbit the moon. And telling people that in 2021, the minimum wage would have much less buying power, but we’d be in a space race among billionaires.
Momentum for a $15 minimum wage is growing. Delaware is the 10th state — joining California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — to enact a $15 minimum wage (with varied phase-in schedules).
But without a federal raise, millions of Americans will be left behind.
What’s stopping Congress from raising the minimum wage? (From The Hill)…
Minimum wage increases are overwhelmingly popular with voters, including Republicans.
With Democrats in control of the White House and Congress a minimum wage hike seemed almost inevitable, but despite all the upsides of an increase, Congress still hasn’t given workers a raise.
July 30, 2021 at 12:34 AM #437834Pam2Participant
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What a shithole country.
July 30, 2021 at 12:58 AM #437839jbnwParticipant
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looking at https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/military-spending-defense-budget , from $705 B to $731 B.
Even a lower percentage of GDP, from 4.9 to 3.4.
I’ll admit I was expecting a larger increase . . .
July 30, 2021 at 3:22 AM #437862closeupreadyParticipant
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Meanwhile, Americans give raises of 0% to their gardeners, nannies, cashiers, maids and cooks.
Nobody who knows the history of the United States, from its very beginning, can claim to be shocked about that.
The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.
July 30, 2021 at 11:47 PM #4379953fingerbrownParticipant
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This is what congress and our presidents really think of working people in America.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
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