Take Ramone and Briggs King to the payroll task
I read with disgust the stingy story of pro-business boohoo by the two GOP lawmakers: Ramone and Briggs King, who pushed the same tired “Chicken Little” story about heaven falling if a minimum wage of 15 $ came into effect for the next four years. They went on to say that the minimum wage “was last increased about 18 months ago, when it was raised to $ 9.25 an hour – a rate higher than 27 other states and 28% more than the federal minimum of $ 7.25 ”.
Their tone is that it was truly a tragic event, and didn’t mention that we joined the 27 union states where wages in general are low and fighting unions is an art form and which, d ‘elsewhere, are all controlled by the GOP. . They gave the impression that “we just did it and why do we want to do it again?” The same old GOP distortion around a $ 15 minimum wage is: fewer jobs, fewer hours, less profits for owners, higher prices for consumers, and hardships for businesses. Their arguments evoke the worst of capitalism.
Who in the world can live on $ 9.25 an hour ($ 370 a week before taxes)? Who in the world can live on $ 15 an hour ($ 600 a week before taxes)?
Right now, a 40-hour work week would mean the worker would earn $ 19,240 per year before taxes. Anyone with knowledge of economics has heard of the 28/36 rule regarding how much of a person’s income should be spent on housing. The initial figure of 28% is the maximum of their gross monthly income that anyone should pay for housing, and if you take 28% of $ 19,240, Ramone and Briggs King expect people to find housing that costs $ 448 per month. Well, Mr. Ramone and Mrs. Briggs King, you see why your tight-fisted scenario is at least inhuman, if not a crime against humanity. Where are the apartments or houses at $ 488 per month? What if there are children or elderly parents to take care of? Even the state caps its revenue at $ 25,760 to qualify for available energy assistance programs.
The 36 percent of the 28/36 rule refers to the maximum amount of gross income that should be spent on all debt, including housing, car loans, credit cards, personal loans, and educational loans. 36% of $ 19,240 is $ 577 per month for all debt, including rent or house payment, auto loans, student loans, credit card loans, and any other loans or lines of credit that people can have. Maybe these minimum wage workers would also like to eat and buy clothes and see a doctor or God forbid, maybe take a little vacation. I wonder where Ramone and Briggs King go on vacation and where they live. I wonder if they obey the 28/36 rule.
Their fellow GOP members in all state legislatures, including Delaware, then mourn over the amount of money given to the “poor” when in fact they create “the poor.”
There is also an underlying dark loathing for these workers as belonging to a “lower” class who are dumber, less educated and generally not worthy of a living wage. I urge Democrats to push through this bill and ignore the jerky adjustments by the GOP and their supporters when the lowest wages in our society finally come close to a living wage.