Minimum wage hike - how it would affect me
As a farmer/entrepreneur, I never thought about the minimum wage issue - I don't get paid, or pay, any hourly wages, but instead pay salaries. When I have hired people to work for me temporarily, I've paid them $8.00/hour or more for pretty basic jobs.
However, my wife, the town librarian, brought up the other day that he would benefit from the minimum wage increase. Though working part time, she is paid $6.25/hour for 16.5 hours/week.
Let's say our minimum wage increase goes to $7.25/hour. That means the town would have to cough up another $858/year. I don't think they have budgeted for it, and being a small town with a lot of other pressing issues (sewers, water system, road maintenance, all with a low tax base), it may be difficult to get this. Her hours may get reduced in order to accomodate this, while her job demands would stay the same.
While I'd like to see my wife be paid more for what she does (she does have a college degree and state library certification), it's too bad it will take a government mandate to make this happen. She is not paid, as a city employee, based upon her performance, but on how much money there is available in the budget. Worse yet, the library trustees who "oversee" the library for the city, have been and are reluctant to ask for more money from the city. They won't even stand up for their only employee.
So, while I'd be glad to see an extra $500/year in net income come back to the house, I'm chagrined that A) it's not because of recognized merit and B) it had to take a government mandate to make it happen. Oh well, what can you expect when the government screws another government over.