Is a living wage a pipe dream?

Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) recently told a young man to get a job, when the young man told him he already had one, but it did not pay enough to support him.

Rep. Young had been asked if he’d support a bill proposed by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) that increases the federal minimum wage to $10. Here’s more on the minimum wage, which in Connecticut is $8.25. Even at a $1 more than the current federal minimum wage, the Connecticut Housing Coalition says the housing wage in the state — what a person must earn in order to afford a clean and safe two-bedroom apartment — is $23.58. No way can minimum wage in this state be considered a living wage.

You can read more about the state’s housing wage here: CT2

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

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    1. Clearly the part that suggests that that one job isn’t enough in this great American Dream.

    2. Maybe he meant, “Get a higher paying job.”. However, if all of the minimum wage earners went on strike, he’d realize those jobs need to be done and his life most likely would be greatly impacted if they weren’t.

  1. I wish every Republican could be requires to live on welfare payments for a few months. Say, six months. I think their coddled lifestyle might become a bit more apparent.

  2. The 81 year-old Florida Republican…once known as the King of the Earmarks when he was chairperson of the House Appropriation Committee…who voted for a cost-of-living pay increase for himself and other members of Congress in 2010…is paid $174,000 taxpayer dollars a year.
    That’s $83.65 per hour based on a 40 hour work week, not counting all the freebies…like healthcare…and other benefits befitting any career politician having the unmitigated gall to criticize a working person for wanting something close to a respectable wage.

    Capitalism…what a concept.

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