Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another raise.
Today’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage befits Scrooge — before he saw the error of his ways. It amounts to just $15,080 a year for full-time workers.
Workers shouldn’t have to depend on food stamps, or food banks to put Christmas Dinner on their tables.
In my state, Louisiana, which is not a high-cost state, a single adult needed income of $19,256 to afford basic expenses such as food, housing, transportation, health care and taxes in 2012, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. That’s $9.26 an hour at 40 hours a week year-round, which is $2 more an hour than the current minimum wage.