||[Aug. 26th, 2006|01:27 am]
I was telling Erika that minimum wage should be increased to $10, and to my surprise, she disagreed (and in a rather frustrating manner too). She was saying how it's bad for companies and would cause prices to go up, but I'm not sure I agree with her on that. She continued by saying at least what we get is *something*, but that rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, it may indeed be something, but in these days it's not *enough*. I'm only factoring in basic needs in my assessment that minimum wage should be $10: transportation, food, toiletries, a place to live, et cetera.
With estimating 40 hours a week at $10/hr, after taxes it would be approximately $18-19k a year. I think that's enough to cover -basic- living expenses, nothing (if much) extra.
Somehow, I'm increasingly beginning to wonder if people no longer share opinions similar to mine. I obviously know people won't always share them, but it sort of seemed that Erika wasn't even respecting the opinion I shared. Who knows.