I have read several articles and blogs concerning minimum wage propositions, both for a minimum wage increase and against it. Both sides of the table have good reasons for their decision. I would like to introduce a living wage increase for Utah. There are several reasons why employees want to make more money. I will only cite a few that I feel are more relevant. First, we want to make more money,whether this increase is for toys, savings, furnishings, education, or clothinng. Second, there is this little thing called inflation that is knocking on the financial door each year. While Governer Huntsman collects his report that says that less only 19,000 employees in the state earn minimum wage, he then discounts the remainder of the report that tells of the many employees that are working within $1 of minimum wage. The link to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune on this report, which is due out tomorrow, is http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_4823586. When a person starts at minimum wage, thier increase after 90 days, or whatever probation period that the company has set, is very minimal. And lastly, there are many people that need to support families.
As far as being against a mimimum wage increase, there are many good supporting reasons as well.
But rather than argue about the minimum wage, I would like to purpose a living wage for Utah. While we argue that the minimum wage should not be increased, many well trained employees have had to pack up and leave our beautiful state due to wages. Before you say that we do not need them here if they cannot "hang," or that it was something they should have known before arriving here; I would first like to point out that these people were teachers, police officers, and firemen. And that is just to name a few of the occupations that are suffering from lack of sufficient income to live, no survive in Utah. Utah needs to focus on a living wage, an income for public servants that will allow them to survive in our burgeoning metropolis-to be. The proponents are simple, review the cost of living for that demographic area and pay the wage that supports the people there. There will be incrimental differences between those who support themselves, and those who have others who depend on them for their support.
In closing, minimum wage is just that, a minimum that employers should pay. If there are some people that think it is fine where it is, or that we do not require it, try living below that "suggested" hourly amount (without food stamps, medicare, and without living at home under mom and dad's roof). You may change your mind.