Policy report calls for raise in minimum wage

December 19, 2012

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage begins the cycle of lifting single mothers out of poverty, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

The U.S. census shows more Americans—46.2 million people—are living in poverty than ever before. And for African American and Hispanic women, a full-time minimum wage job isn't enough to break out of the poverty cycle. According to the report, working women of color make $0.64 and $0.56, respectively, for every dollar white men earn.

Shetal Vohra-Gupta, an IUPRA research fellow, said this disparity is concerning because female-led households with children have increased by approximately 10 percent during the past decade—and more families than ever before depend on women as primary breadwinners.

To illustrate the adverse effects of a stagnant minimum wage, the analysis points to Texas, which has the largest number of low-wage workers ($7.25/hour) in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite its national reputation for economic growth, Texas ranks sixth in the number of people living in poverty, and its poverty rate is growing faster than the national average, according to the 2010 U.S. census.

African American and Hispanic women are hit the hardest. Drawing from U.S. census and American Community Surveys data, the report shows the nation's total of single-mother households increased 163 percent among Hispanics and 33 percent among African Americans during the past decade.

To rise above the poverty threshold, a single mother raising two children and working full time would need to earn $17.50 to $31.60 an hour, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank for economic research. This amount, known as the living wage, is more than twice the average minimum wage in most communities.

The findings indicate that Congress should work to increase the federal minimum wage and then adjust it to inflation in order to increase purchasing power and ultimately boost the U.S. economy.

In a separate policy report, Vohra-Gupta and a team of IUPRA researchers analyzed demographic trends in the African American population in Texas since 1950. The findings show that comprise the third largest group of householders. Of the 24 percent living below the poverty level, single mothers comprise 65 percent.

The reports raise important questions about several important issues, such as racial disparities in higher education, the economic toll of a stagnant and the cycle of among African American single mothers.

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2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 19, 2012
Raise the minimum wage,reduce the number of jobs availble.
3 / 5 (4) Dec 19, 2012
Raise the minimum wage,reduce the number of jobs availble.

That's right, genius....and with any luck, your's(assuming that you do, in fact, have one) will be the first to go.
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 19, 2012
I'd call for implementation of cold fusion instead. The increasing price of fossil fuels is the primary cause of economical crisis, because it affects everything else. This is how the price of food and price of oil are correlated (graph).
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2012
The only way that PeterDTard could be right is if employers are already employing staff that do not add to their profitability, and hence can afford to lose them.

"Raise the minimum wage,reduce the number of jobs availble." - PeterDTard

In reality, what will happen is that businesses will just adjust by raising prices.

The increase in the minimum wage will provide a temporary benefit to the workers until the price changes are fully established, at which point they will be essentially back in the same wage scale as before.

It should never be forgotten that Businesses seek to provide their customers with the lowest quality product possible at the highest possible price, and pay their workforce the minimum amount possible in the process.

The formation of Unions is one method that workers can use to improve their working conditions and pay without government intervention.

For the benefit of the worker, it may be more reasonable to legally require unionization in CONT..
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2012
CONT... some low paying jobs such as food service and retail where Corporations like Walmart have used union busting methods to prevent the legal organization of their workforce.

The object should be to produce a reasonable living wage for all workers, at a rate of pay that allows them to provide enough money to raise a family, and provide for their retirement.

The alternative is to establish government run programs of wealth transfer that run under the economy which provide income assistance and retirement income in an environment where this is not provided by corporations themselves.

3 / 5 (6) Dec 20, 2012
In some U.S. states, the minimum wage is currently around $2.75 an hour.

A 40 hour work week brings that person $110 and an income of $5,700 a year.

4 / 5 (4) Dec 20, 2012
We all agree with you.

"I'd call for implementation of cold fusion instead." - ValeriaT

It is a shame that E-Cat has turned out to be a scam isn't it?

Can you point to any cold fusion products that aren't scams?

3 / 5 (4) Dec 20, 2012
Raise the minimum wage,reduce the number of jobs availble.

PeteyD/BillD, you are a moron here just like on those other forums. (And you are just as bad with grammar and spelling.) Read every book in the school, did you? Ha, Ha, Ha,,,, silly little man. (Don't forget to complain about the personal attacks on your sagacious person.)

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