Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Wal-Mart may not be the root of all evil, but they don't help!

Why Does California Need an Increase in the Minimum Wage?

Basic necessities are on increasing in our state. From 2000 to 2005, the cost of renting an apartment increased 45 percent, the cost of a gallon of gas increased 44 percent and the cost of a gallon of milk increased 23 percent.

California’s minimum wage has declined 31 percent from 1968 to 2000. During 22 of those 32 years, there was no increase at all in the state’s minimum wage, while inflation seriously eroded the relative value of that income.

A minimum wage that is below the poverty level pulls down wages for millions of workers in the state. This costs taxpayers as well, since workers at corporations such as Wal-Mart are paid so badly that they are eligible for public assistance programs.

Straight from the The California Labor Federation

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