October 21, 2005


The Concord Monitor adds this deliciously catty paragraph to its coverage of Senator Gregg winning Powerball:

Gregg didn't let that good fortune keep him from putting in a full day's work yesterday. For instance, he found time to vote against a bill that would have helped poor families pay their home heating costs this winter. (Gregg was the only New England senator to vote against the proposal.) A day earlier, Gregg voted against raising the minimum wage by $1.10, to $6.25 an hour. That wage hasn't increased since 1997.

Of course, McDonald's is starting 15 year olds at $8 an hour.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 12:40 PM

A new Wal-Mart just opened about 10 miles from here. From the local paper, there was this:

"The average Wal-Mart job in Wisconsin pays $10.06. Bt using a system of job credits, people with experience can attract a higher pay scale."

Who makes minimum wage?

Posted by: AllenS at October 21, 2005 12:53 PM

If nobody makes minimum wage, why is it such a big deal to raise it?
I thought the whole argument against minimum wage was that employers would not be able to afford to pay the extra money and would either go out of business or lay off people. If employers can afford to pay eight dollars an hour who cares if the minimum wage is 6.25 or 6.50? Seems like just a meaningless number to me.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 21, 2005 12:59 PM

Expect the Monitor to come out in favor of a ban on lottery winners making over $75,000 a year.

Posted by: John at October 21, 2005 1:13 PM

People in the South, Midwest, and some parts of the West make minimum wage.

Of course, they also have a MUCH lower cost of living than those who live in the Upper Midwest, the East (north of North Carolina), or the entire Left coast.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 21, 2005 1:32 PM

Even liberal economist agree that an increase in the minimum wage causes some poor people either to lose their jobs or not be able to obtain a job. Thus it is ironic that those who support an increase believe that they are improving the lives of poor people.

Posted by: George at October 21, 2005 2:15 PM

And there's the "liveable wage" fanatics who want to increase the minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 21, 2005 3:36 PM


Because small businesses would have to pay it to the cretins they're stuck hiring.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 3:59 PM

Lots of people only minimum wage; I know plenty. If you guys have never met someone who does, then I guess it goes to further prove how sheltered, pampered, isolated and elitist conservative bloggers really are.

Posted by: Lola at October 21, 2005 5:07 PM

I know a bunch of people who make minimum wage: college students, high school students and very unskilled people who are entering the job market. If you are the latter, here is a secret. If you stay at a minimum wage job for more than 3 months, you are not going to be earning minimum wage any longer because you will get a raise.

Posted by: pchuck at October 21, 2005 5:17 PM

We pay the help minimum.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 5:23 PM

In Canada, the raising of the minimum wage has another ramification. Union contracts are tied to that wage - when it rises, so do their salaries!

Posted by: obc at October 21, 2005 5:29 PM

The market place determines the minimum wage.

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 6:39 PM


You say that like it's a bad thing.

Posted by: Dutch at October 23, 2005 4:36 AM