On this Labor Day 2013, increasing the minimum wage upwards from the current $7.50 is a step in the right direction. As prices for gas, food and road tolls continue to increase, the more an individual can earn working the better for each family.

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Jake Mohorovic September 03, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Matthew, are you Matt Boehl? Jake
George September 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM
“If Congress and state legislatures are serious about reducing welfare dependence and rewarding work, they should consider strengthening welfare work requirements, removing exemptions, and narrowing the definition of work,” Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-welfare-pays-more-than-work-in-most-states/#ixzz2drinwrZz " Good luck competing with that"
Jake Mohorovic September 03, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I read the recent article concerning work versus welfare. In another national political blog, I read that the federal budget builds in the cost of welfare as a continuous expense. One example is having a cell phone, the users pay I believe it is called the universal tax. And that pays for free cell phones. My thought is not to pay that tax on my cell phone invoice. I can always switch vendors. Just one guys way to say...........had enough. Thanks for sharing.
George September 03, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Well, judging oil prices ( now $108 a barrel ) and the almost nill recovery. What is Maryland's next plan of action? I can view Zillow and tell that there are foreclosures all over the place that are still on banks balance sheets. So now that interest rates are on the rise and wadges have been declining for years please show me that you have a plan. I sure don't, I bought my first house in 2006 and sadly considering foreclosure... And if it is on my mind it is on everyones... Where is the principle forgiveness?
George September 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Here is your model to go off of. http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/02/21/iceland-provides-blueprint-for-how-to-deal-with-the-financial-crisis/
Sanchez September 04, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Minimum wage is for those just starting their working career. It was never intended to pay enough to support a family or to buy a home. If you are over 24 years old and in a min wage job you have failed yourself. If you are working for min wage for more than 1 year you have failed to do your job. If you have children and work for min wages you have failed yourself AND your children. ___A company has 3 min wage workers and 3 workers who have shown promise and adeptness in their jobs and were given raises to $15 an hour for their work. ___If min wage goes to $15 an hour, what increase do the 3 others get if any? Do you think those 3 will be happy when the 3 who just started are being paid the same?
Jake Mohorovic September 04, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Sorry Matthew. I have read a number of your comments. Keep on blogging.
Jake Mohorovic September 04, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Hi Sanchez. Right now the minimum wage is $7.50 per hour and the proposal is to go to $10 per hour. Should the proposal be introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session, I think it would increase between the $7.50 and the $10 range. In our lifetime, we meet a complete range of individuals who earn the minimum wage to the top folks like Steve Jobs. My first position was .97 cents an hour. I thought I was a millionaire. My goal has been to put in a decent 40 hours, pay my bills, save for retirement. I do not beleive anyone is a failure if they earn miniimum wages. Life is a journey sometimes I am a the bottom and other times much better. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
George September 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
$10 an hour is a joke right? How about being more honest about GDP and inflation? How is the high price of College and Health Care considered GDP, then on the flip side the price of Health Care and College not part of the inflation chart? Treasury Bond TIPS should be paying much more out.
Jake Mohorovic September 04, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Matthew, thanks for the correction. What is your recommendation Matthew regarding elective office? Thank you
Jake Mohorovic September 04, 2013 at 08:24 PM
George, when and if the next Administration introduces a proposal to increase the minimum wage, I hope you will come to Annapolis and testify. Your comments strike many good points.
Jake Mohorovic September 04, 2013 at 09:12 PM
George, I finished reading the Iceland experience. Please pass it onto the federal elected officials.
George September 04, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I have, I have emailed Barbara Mukulski on many issues ( TARP i was against, Iraq Against, Affordable Health Care as written against ). I like the idea of our government sticking to public things, as in "Can any citizen use this?, is this for the common good of all?" If the answer is no on either of those I've been vocal. ( Pre-K for all?, Why not medicare for all? why not any public service be a public service, or not a public function? According to Maryland budget and federal budget combined it costs 30,000 dollars per person on medicare per year? This is the cheapest you could do?


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