Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The minimum wage as a campaign issue

The Ohio Food Assistance Program (federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well being of individuals in low-income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together. The minimum wage in Ohio is $7.95 and in a 2 person household full time employment at minimum wage would put them $13,000 above qualifying for food stamps/assistance. Very few people stay at minimum. Studies show that low wage earners do better if they change jobs, which would mean having a good record at the first job.

Why don't the Democrats want something better than minimum for workers? Where are their demands for less regulation and a freer market which creates good paying jobs?

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