I saw in the Tuesday issue of The Tribune that U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., has introduced legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour.
According to Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the House Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats, this “is about respecting work for the millions of Americans who work hard every day yet still live in poverty.”
If this really is true, then I would suggest that we raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour. This would not only be enough to support an individual or family, but it would almost eliminate the number of people eligible for welfare.
Not only would we practically eliminate poverty, but we could also drastically reduce the number of people who administer the welfare program — a win-win situation! We would also eliminate these periodical minor raises that solve nothing.