Patch Poll: Should Congress Raise the Minimum Wage?
President Obama has proposed making minimum wage $9 an hour—and some Democrats want to push the minimum wage above $10 an hour. What do you think?
A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, according to NBC.com.
Some 71 percent of those surveyed said they supported raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, while 27 percent opposed it, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday.
States have the ability to set their own minimum wage level, as long as it is above the federal minimum wage. Pennsylvania maintains the federal standard at $7.25. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania for jobs where employees receive tips is $2.83.
According to an editorial in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2.9 percent of U.S. workers make minimum wage. Most of them are students working part-time, not the primary wage earner supporting a family. Four percent are single parents working full-time.
However, a story in the Post-Gazette shares the struggles that those living on minimum wage face in this economy.
Do you or a family member work a minimum-wage job? Are you a business owner who would be affected should Congress approve the minimum wage increase? Vote in our poll and tell us your viewpoints in the comments box.