Living wage is a joke

Has anyone actually looked at the living wage calculations that come up with $20.91/hour? It's for a family of four where both parents work 35 hours per week. But the policy implications for this living wage apply to everyone. Using the numbers provided for a couple, reduce the food to $400/mo, eliminate car expense (2 bus passes), eliminate childcare and eliminate education, leave everything else the same. If the couple is making $15/hour each that means they will have an extra $4600/year to put towards education/vacation/savings, if they work 40 hour/week it's $9800/year. This is a one size fits all solution from a time before computers, when we couldn't direct funding towards the specific needs of a person so we came up with dollar amounts we thought might work. Under the living wage system, you should be able to pay teens living at home 7.00/hour working 10 hours/week. This will give them $100/mo food, $150/mo clothing, 2-zone bus pass and $200/mo in pocket money.


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Apr 25, 2018 at 6:21pm

People like OP exist and believe that they are smarter and wiser than people in a position to create policy, and if only someone had done the basic math (which they have) and were aware of the implicit assumptions in their work (which they have) they would, like him, decide that other people deserve less because they are less. Crawl back into your yoga studio you heartless creep.

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Apr 25, 2018 at 6:23pm

Who the fuck can live off $100/month for food? Do you even buy groceries? Where are you getting this from? Your 'calculations' are not based in reality.


Apr 25, 2018 at 10:43pm

there's a reason no one is listening to you.


Apr 25, 2018 at 11:22pm

What planet are you from? Did you pluck those numbers out of your a- - ? Obviously you aren’t from around here or your assumptions about what living costs are really like in this area wouldn’t be so ridiculous. Wakey wakey!

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Apr 26, 2018 at 9:45am

You don't think a teen living at home could live off $100/mo on food?....because guess what they don't buy groceries.

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