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A $15 an hour minimum wage is a middle-of-the road compromise position (#12p1)

Or would be, in a sane society. Bangor Daily News:

If the minimum wage had kept pace with worker productivity, the minimum wage would be $22 per hour today,” said Asher Platts, chairman of the Maine Green Independent Party and a state Senate candidate. “So where is all that extra value? … Wall Street holdings are the highest they’ve been in decades. This isn’t a recession; this is a robbery.”

There you go. So we're not even asking for justice, let alone shared prosperity, or decreasing the Gini Co-efficient that measures the distance between rich and poor (that is, between capital and labor).

We're just asking for wages that are the bare mnimum to live. Hardly a revolutionary demand, despite any pearl clutching.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Yes I agree and we need more like these. The min. wage should be after all the real numbers are taken in should be $22.50 per hr to $25.00 per hr. Then hell again ceo wouldn't get the big money the deserve for being the job creators that they are. Right, what do we on Main Street know?

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Submitted by Alexa on

at all.

And $10.10 is a "joke." (except not funny)

Says a lot about our corporatist Dem Leadership, that they just couldn't bring themselves to support an actual "living wage."

Instead, they "did the math" to find a number that would put an individual over the FPL--but just barely.

Sigh . . .

This is one plank that I can enthusiastically and unequivocally support.

Five stars for Lambert--thanks!