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congress needs to learn how hard it is to buy food thats not proccessed or boxed. Or having to decided to buy food or pay rent ! Us little people bust our "azz" to just make ends meet and forget having anything left over after bills.. And now congress ...
—stephanieIN

First job

My first job was a minimum wage job. I only started out making just $4.75 an hour. It took me 7 years at some of the minimum wage jobs before I started to get get a salaried job, that I am currently making now. I love the salary of my current position ...
—KatrinaWV

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It is impossible to live a decent life on any minimum wage and not fair for educated hard working people to work 80 hours or 2 jobs to provide minimum living conditions - do your math and think of what everything costs on a daily basis - you will see ...

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Just do the right thing...that's all. People deserve to participate in the American dream
—TinaPA

Can't get a job even at minimum wage.

At the rate that the economy is going minimum wage will not make the cut, people, do not have enough money to pay their rent, buy food, and keep the creditors off their backs, minimum wage needs to be raised in every state not just a few states, there ...
—CarolAL

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I am on disability because of having Post Polio Syndrome. Yet, I also work to make ends meet. Work is playing a great deal of extra damage to my disability, but I have to do this to make it work in life. The minimum wage now does not compensate for ...
—NancieIA

Washington

lets have our representatives live on the minimum wage for a year. Gone would be their private schools, expensive houses, trips, etc. We have got to get these Washington people off the government entitlement plan and live like the rest of us. Also how ...
—helen

Minimum wage is not enough for long-term

I worked minimum wage jobs in high school and college. This was OK for the short term, when I was not 100% self-supporting. But it's simply not sufficient to live on long-term. My first full-time self-supporting job 15 years ago paid $24k in salary, and ...
—JenniferNJ

18K per year

After graduating from college I did decide to go to graduate school, which paid an 18K per year stipend. I know I qualified for loans etc, but I was always taught to live within my means, so that is what I did. I didn't even think of applying for loans.

What ...

—MargaretMA

Minimum Wage for Everyone

Minimum wage should be increased across this country in every state. People are struggling to feed their families, and keep a roof over their families, and get out of debt. Not just a few states should raise the minimum wage it should be raised in every ...
—CarolAL

Minimum Wage

I found it difficult to pay for my first child on minimum wage. But I wasn't going to let the overpaid Congress win. They have had thirteen raises since the last minimum wage raise. And they don't even work close to what everyone else has to. Before ...
—MichaelWI

Families Need

You have already cut SNAP, raise the minimum wage so that these families affected by the cut to their SNAP benefits, will be able to feed their family. Yes, they can go to food banks, which also have lower donations, but they pay taxes in their jobs, ...
—MarthaWA

Let's go back in time

In the 50's, while I was a graduate student, I would some time have to get summer jobs. I worked for the American Can Company in Seattle and made 75 cents an hour. In today's dollars, it is more than the current minimal wage.
—RodolfoMA

19 years of service - now below minimum wage

My brother has delivered pizza for Domino's for over 19 years continuously, at the same outlet in the mid-Atlantic region. His wages are less than the minimum wage, because of the sub-minimum tipped wage category.

He provides his own vehicle and ...

—Steve CA

Give then a chance!!

Everyone needs a chance at making something of themselves and helping to become successful in life. Working for wages that are so low that you can't pay your bills and provide for you family are unbelievable, and UN- American. We live in a country where ...
—julie

Throughout my life

I have had the same relationship to capital as the 99%; low wages when I was able to have paid labor; denigration of my position no matter what work it was - keeping me 'in line'; insistence that 'this is how it's s'pozed to be'.

I have worked all my ...

—Norma J F CA

To Insure Prompt Service

I worked for waitress minimum wage plus tips for 12 years, in high school, college and after college, when I couldn't find other work. I think my base pay was less than $3/hour, which meant I really relied on the kindness of strangers and their tips to ...
—AmyMA

My children

Both college graduates my children work for minimum wage in cooporate environments, Barns and Noble, and Living Well Fitness, Neither of them receives benefits. The money is not enough to pay the rent , utilities and groceries. They are young but they ...
—Martha

Low Minimum Wage Means we Subsidize Big Business with Tax Dollars

Here's the way this works plain and simple:

Big Businesses like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, etc, etc. typically pay their people MINIMUM WAGE.

M.W. is not a LIVING WAGE! No one can survive on this alone, especially with a family. Therefore these ...

—JacobGA

Many Disabled Persons Work for Pennies Per Hour

The so called Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 allows companies, including federal

contractors to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage. This is an outrage!

When the minimum wage is raised, as it must be, DISABLED WORKERS MUST BE INCLUDED ...

—RayCT
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