Last week's question:
Cities throughout the Bay Area are considering raising the minimum wage. The Antioch City Council last week discussed the possibility of raising the minimum wage beyond the state and federal levels, but in the end there was no consensus to move forward with such a measure, with some saying it would be a detriment to local business. What do you think? Should your city adopt its own minimum wage standard?
A HIGHER MINIMUM wage does not help the economy. It makes the cost of simple products and services higher for everyone ... including those who are trying to live on minimum wage.
Business owners will either hire less people (making an already tough job market tougher) or raise prices for goods and services (making the cost of living higher for everyone) in order to keep their margins the same.
MINIMUM WAGE JOBS are for teenagers. If adults don't want to make minimum wage, they need to up their skill set. Antioch native. Not a transplant.
YES! RAISE WAGES, raise people up. It is good for families, it's good for the economy, and most importantly, it's good for children.
NO, PRICES ON everything will go up. However if people have a job they should qualify for housing that goes to most section 8. Why not incentify people to get & keep job's. & yes welfare should have drug testing. Except marijuana.
NO! HIKES! Once you raise the minimum wage, businesses raise the prices of goods and you're back to square one. The market should dictate how much you get paid or you should negotiate with your employer.
AS A JOB counselor by trade, I know all too well the painful dilemma of trying to support oneself, let alone a family on California's meager $9-an-hour minimum wage. Is it little wonder why so many choose assistance? That said, Antioch simply can't afford blind good intentions by unilaterally changing the game. That would shoot in the foot ourselves as a city and hurt the very people we wish to help.
Given current crime and highway congestion factors, we can't throw yet another competitive roadblock out there in our pursuit of businesses or light industry. If you were a small business owner, or even a national chain like Hobby Lobby, why would you then choose Antioch to locate?
Now a regional agreement between neighboring cities? Hmmm, that is worth investigating.
This week's question:
Scientists predict another earthquake will hit the Bay Area in the next three decades. Are you prepared? Do you carry an earthquake safety kit?
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