Monday, March 25, 2013

Tonight on Business Matters - Minimum Wage: Could you live on $7.25 an hour?

Tonight on Business Matters with Tony Iannelli - "Minimum Wage: Could you live on $7.25 an hour?"

Tune in TONIGHT to WFMZ Channel 69 at 7:30 p.m. to hear from our lively panelists on President Obama’s proposed minimum wage raise.

Kevin Menter, Rothrock Motor Sales
Louie Belletieri, Louie’s Restaurant
John Meyerson, UFCW Local 1776
Scott Witmer, ServiceMaster

At the State of the Union, President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015. In PA, 3.4 million workers are on minimum wage. In 2011, there were 80 million hourly workers in the US and 5.2% of those were paid minimum wage. Is President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage a good idea, or is there a better way to help low-income workers? Will raising minimum wage enhance or reduce job creation in Pennsylvania and the US? Does the increase for those who remain employed more than offset the loss to those who cannot find work? What would an increase do to help or hurt our struggling economy?

What are your thoughts on the minimum wage issue? Leave a comment below and let us know how you feel!

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