Love Her! Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says The Minimum Wage Should be $22 Per Hour

March 21, 2013  |  

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is always in that fever-giving state of mind, speaking up for workers and consumers whenever she gets the chance. Love her!

Now she’s tackling the minimum wage, one of the issues that President Obama brought up in his State of the Union. He called for an increase, and now Sen. Warren is saying that increase should be huge — up to $22 per hour –if we want to keep up with “worker productivity.”

Speaking during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, she said: “If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And if that were the case then the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour.” Right now, it’s $7.25 per hour.

The person she was addressing, Dr. Arindrajit Dube, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor, said it would actually be closer to $33 per hour if it kept up with the wage increases seen by the top one percent, reports The Huffington Post.

The minimum wage debate is taking place all over the country. The push to raise the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum, as New York becomes the latest state to propose an increase, up to $9 per hour.

“New York’s proposed minimum wage — which would amount to $360 a week or $18,720 annually — is significant because Congress typically raises the federal minimum after a significant number of states raise their rates,” USA Today reports.

That article goes on to say that the federal minimum wage barely puts a person’s earnings above the poverty level ($15,510 per year) for a family of two. It’s below the poverty level for a family of four. The fact that this is even being discussed is a travesty.

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  • 22 dollars an hour minimum wage is beautiful. If we scaled it using the tritanium method of mathematics , and considering or pending the 17 trillion dollar national debt, the minimum wage would be about 43 dollars an hour, the weekly salary would be $1,720.00 a week. There would be no poverty in American.

  • xxdiscoxxheaven

    The problem is that this would just make the cost of everything go up. So it would balance out. Learned that in senior year of high school economics.

  • Tank

    22 dollars an hour would surely sink the economy. The cost of goods would of course
    Sky rocket, an many businesses would close their doors not being able to afford to pay such a wage.

    • ksmall

      EXACTLY! folks are being really unrealistic here. if you want to make $22/hr then you’re going to have to do more than drop the fry basket for it. i hate to be selfish, but raising min wage that high would mean the rest of us wouldn’t even be able to afford a happy meal with the way prices would go up to cover operating costs.

  • Anon

    you know what Lizzy Liz? that’s what I was thinking!

    Elizabeth Warren for President 2016!!!!!!!!!!

  • LoopyLahlo

    $22? Yea right…. Nice try. I’m all for it but we all know that’s not happening .BUT that’s not my beef. My beef is, WHY, this site is now nothing more than a billboard for stupid ads and pop-ups? I can barely get through ONE article on here without having to wait and close about 3 ads that popped up and I have to wait for it to end before I can even close it or it takes me directly to the site…

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  • Guest360

    I’m not sure if I would go that high but it does need to go up. $7.25 an hour is pathetic and doesn’t even scratch the surface if you’re trying to feed your family or pay your way through school, pay off student loans, or what have you. It’s a travesty that our nation, being as well off as it is, has to have a DISCUSSION about whether or not to match minimum wage to a level that allows families to actually live off of.

  • Kikee84

    I’m all for raising the minimum wage, but 22 dollars is a bit much. I work part time and I can tell you that every little bit helps especially if you have a full time job that pays 15 dollars an hour or more. For those who have never worked part-time think that the best solution to earn that type of wage is to get a “real job”. People who actually have “real jobs” or full time jobs have to work part-time to keep themselves a float. I work retail and my coworkers work at banks, schools, and clerical positions during the day and work at the store at night and on weekends. I’d say 10 to 13 dollars an hour range is good for part-time workers…depending on the line of work.

  • York

    Sounds great in theory. But….I’ll just say it-everyone doesn’t have above-minimum wage skills. Would it be fair if the fry basket shaker makes the same as the nurse? If everyone is all of a sudden making $22 an hour, where does that leave those who already make that amount? Will there be a significant percentage increase overall for those under a certain income bracket?

    In short, is the goal to close the income gap, or spur inflation?

    • Breeze

      Actually that’s proven to work. In Finland everyone pretty much makes the same amount of money and college is free over there which makes people pursuit after things they actually are passionate about instead of doing it just for a paycheck. But in America MONEY reigns supreme. It seems like everyone else can get it together but us and yet we’re suppose to be a super power country.

      • chanela

        YES!! lets go overseas please!!

      • ksmall

        what you just described is a form of socialism. which i’m not against, but ppl need to stop trying to apply socialist principles within a capitalistic society. i to agree that the minimum wage should be raised, but minimum wage workers generally don’t have any specialized skills so there should be an expectation that they would make significantly less than those with higher education or special skills. if ppl want to make more money they need to contribute in some way to earn it. cutting lettuce at mcdonald’s isn’t what i mean.

      • York

        I’m glad you pointed that out! It would be great if that could work over here, but yes, the almighty dollar is king in the US. What’s worse is those who have it to give choose not to, for the most part. Not saying those at the bottom financially should go looking for handouts; rather, those with the most should be more willing to lend a hand UP. There’s plenty to go around, but it definitely needs better distribution!