December 29, 2016

Every state's minmum wage is below a livable level

Common Dreams - In every state, according to research by People’s Action Institute, the minimum wage falls far short of an actual living wage. In Alabama, the  $7.25 minimum wage is 47 percent of the $15.49 needed to make ends meet there. In California, the $10 minimum wage is about half of the $19.90 it takes for a single adult there to get by.

This table from the report compares the minimum wage in 50 states and D.C. to the living wage for that state.

“A $15 minimum wage is a modest demand,” said Allyson Fredericksen, deputy director of research and author of the report. “In urban and rural states across the country, the living wage is consistently far higher than the minimum wage, and higher than most people would guess.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A 'fair,' 'living' or minimum wage represents just another spin on the reformist misery-go-round. Here's some historical context:
1865: 'Instead of the conservative motto, A fair day's wage for a fair day's work, we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, Abolition of the wage system' (Marx, Value, Price, and Profit).
1928: 'Earning a wage is a prison occupation' (Wages, DH Lawrence).
1965: Workers still 'don't realise that they can abolish the wages system' (Socialist Standard).
2016: 'Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour is supported by two-thirds of New Yorkers, according to a new Siena College poll' (, 1 February).