Sound Off: Obama's Call For a $10.10 Minimum Wage

Do you agree with a proposal to raise the minimum wage?

President Obama has called for Congress to act on a Democrat-backed proposal to raise the current federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all workers. (Patch file photo)
President Obama has called for Congress to act on a Democrat-backed proposal to raise the current federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all workers. (Patch file photo)
During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama said he would issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for future federal contract workers to $10.10. 

Obama also called for Congress to act on a Democrat-backed proposal to raise the current federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all workers. The minimum wage in New York is currently $8 an hour. 

We asked Patch readers on our Facebook pages if they support the proposal to raise the minimum wage. Here's some of the responses:

  • Of course. When you can't buy a sandwich from an hours worth of work... And most work at $7.25 isn't sitting at a desk checking your Facebook... Then there is a huge problem. Raise it to $12 an hour.
  • Absolutely! The reason is simple: more money means that people (mainly teenagers) can spend more on goods and services, encouraging job creation in the private sector.
  • This will just push more items to be created elsewhere. If a company in the U.S. needs to pay an employee $10.10 but a company in Asia can pay whatever they want; the outside country is going to win the bid!!!
  • $10.10 is not a living wage either. Make a spreadsheet, could you support your family on that?
  • No, it'll drive up all prices. Minimum experience, minimum skill, minimum effort = minimum wage. Want more? Go get some more education and some more skills.
  • Raising the minimum wage forces corporations to either reduce their work force (recession) or raise their prices. They will certainly not let it affect their profit.
  • I have a college degree and I'm currently making $8 an hour cause I can't find a job in my field...along with thousands of other recent college graduates. Is this fair? $8 is not helping me pay my student loans. Not that 10 would either but it would make things a little easier.
  • I think it is great, but I fear most small companies will have to lay off people to handle the increase..double edged sword
  • Support! Especially now that so many employers have made their workers part-time to avoid paying medical insurance.
  • For the currently employed it is great. For the unemployed it will be that much harder to find a job. For the consumer, prices in small businesses and even corporate America companies will increase to offset this labor cost increase.
  • I feel like it is long overdue.. Businesses have to pay people what they are worth to work and we have to be able to afford rent and mortgages.
  • Raising the minimum wage will only cause inflation and small business to go out of business, and more people to work off the book. Fast food customer service is a entry level job not a career.
  • No because kids starting out with no training will not be able, or afford to be hired and just will not get the valuable experience of getting hired for a beginning job.
What's your take on raising the minimum wage? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Patchogue Snoop January 31, 2014 at 06:40 AM
All to benefit the new wave of immigrants he is allowing in with unprecedented issuance of green cards. Ten bucks an hour will hurt small business and do nothing to end the upward spiral of poverty Obama has caused with his gross incompetence. Remember when this guy was touting his economic experience over clueless McCain! LOL
Hipockets January 31, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Get government waste down along with taxes on everything, stop the politicians from wasting more money on useless studies and see what a difference can make. Ask any elderly person and they can tell you how they lived a happy life years ago.. (I am one of them) !!!
John Bogack January 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Raising the minimum wage is for everybody who needs money to live the American dream: enough money to own a home, raise a family, live. And yes Hippockets let's get have government free of patronage, nepotism, croynism, favoritism all factors in raising taxes and stealing money from every tax payer. Those are always goals worth fighting for. But I do not think we live in the America you remember any more. The rich have gotten quite rich, the poor now are poorer and more Americans than ever in the history of the nation are slipping into the category of the poor while the rich get richer every day. Corporate executive pay is a scandal....vast wealth for a few while the workers who made that happen are paid peanuts. Adjusting the minimum wage upwards helps balance out things out a bit and makes life for all a bit fairer and possible.
Dennis Barone January 31, 2014 at 04:07 PM
What happened to working your way to a better life...nothing is better than the satisfaction of earning it....as far as Obama is concerned, his dictatorial approach to the presidency will not last long...we the people will change Washington to make sure of that.
Get Off My Lawn January 31, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Isn't big Government great?? Here's one unrelated but very relative example for all you Idiots who support this stuff. I'm sure we'll have it here too. Washington State Lawmakers ludicrously claim a tax-per-mile is needed to offset the prevalence of fuel-efficient cars. The Transportation Commission says the motor fuel tax, which currently pays for 76% of transportation investments, is unsustainable “over the long term.” In a dizzying twist of logic, the Transportation Commission blames the prevalence of fuel-efficient cars as the reason the state now needs a per-mile tax, arguing that the move to cleaner, smarter vehicles must be accompanied by a change in the way we pay for our roads. According to the study, drivers could be charged three ways; either with a flat-fee, by having odometers checked, or with an electronic device installed in cars to measure how many miles are driven...Keep begging to be enslaved. It's working!
John Bogack February 01, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Dennis I think what happened is the Great Recession. Remember? Economy heading for even worse, that fate avoided thankfully but a lot of good jobs lost. New jobs lower paid, and less hours. Cheaper labor costs and people took anything in order to have something, profits boomed for business. The real solution better than a minimum wage would be if businesses invested their profits in their workers and reinforced exactly what you have said: working is always better and the best way to make that happen is to pay workers decent salaries. Until that starts to happen raising the minimum wage is one way to get there. Not the best solution but one solution. And as for President Obama. Not sure he is going anywhere soon as he has three years left to go having been elected President by we the people in an election. Three years from now, in the next election the American people by voting again will have their say on another choice as it has been since the founding of the Republic. It is one of the reasons we do live in a great nation.
Dennis Barone February 01, 2014 at 07:55 AM
John... I am not being partisan in this but he brings up subjects that really twist we the people. He wants to pass an E/O to show the immigrant people that are here without papers a "path to citizenship" What does that do to better the economy? More "legal" workers and less jobs for working Americans who can't find a job...
John Bogack February 01, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Dennis good news! If you look at the papers today the President is signaling he might go along with recent Republican party thinking to offer legalization instead of citizenship. Every person in the country illegally must report that, declare it was wrong to do so, pay a fine, register and get on the legal road to citizenship to be granted as in all cases on proof of language mastery and knowlegdge of basic American civic values within a fixed timetable to do so or they go no more questions asked. Of course as usual the devil is in the details. Maybe a not so perfect solution but one that works. Could not agree with you more BTW, basic unfairness for any worker with citizenship to compete against a person without it because that person is going to take less further driving down the real minimum wage that is being offered to too many people. This issue has been so divisive I hope it finds a solution after all this time.
Patchogue Snoop February 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Right on Dennis! John, The Feds at the illegal direction of the Obama Gang has refused to enforce current immigration laws. What makes any thinking American they will enforce new ones? Allowing foreign workers to flood the country, which is what he is doing with increasing Green cards, is to the detriment of low wage American workers. Particularly, those that are unemployed. 92 million Americans are not working in this country now. Why is that? I guess Obama doesn't care about the "other 47%" now does he? This is a joke. Any government plan to allow foreign workers to steal jobs from Americans should be based on the unemployment rate and skills. Not allowing third world country to enter illegally without any real education or work history. Let alone identities! But this serves the DEMS who want and will get their votes when they instantly become eligible for all the goodies at taxpayers expense. Not to the the Republicans off the hook they are simply catering to industry lobbyists who want low income workers. ie campaign contributions to keep them in office....endlessly.
John Bogack February 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM
My earlier comments described a plan now being floated by some prominent members of the Republican Party notably the Majority Leader of the House. Unlike other unworkable solutions it might actually offer a way of out of this mess. The plan calls for even stricter enforcement of the current laws banning illegal immingration followed by zero tolerance. President Obama has led a crack down on illegal immigration contrary to myths to the contrary. Millions of persons who have entered the country illegally have been detained and deported. In some parts of the country there have been protests that too many have been detained and deported which is a sign that his policy of enforcement is in fact having an impact. Facts not myths. To give everyone a good wage there is no question that the playing field must be leveled in favor of American citizens or those in the country legally over any person who is not. We do have to find some common ground, forge compromises that work and get on with solving this problem once and for and all. Minimum wage guarantees do help people who work to get a better chance at a better life. That plan works better when there isn't a shadow army of persons desparate to take any wage no matter how small that undocumented workers fall into the category of. Extremist views on either side of this question really do not help, they just keep the country stuck in the sand getting no where.
Get Off My Lawn February 01, 2014 at 11:10 AM
The Government has successfully convinced the Sheeple that things are "owed" rather than "earned" in America.
Patchogue Snoop February 02, 2014 at 08:02 AM
John, You are the consummate statist. I suggest you read my comments again. 1) again what makes you think Obama will allow any enforcement of these bogus laws. Never has, never will. In fact he has interfered illegally with executive fiats preventing just that. 2)Obama is NOT rounding them up and deporting them, that is just another lie from the ObamGang. Why are they suing Arizona who just wants to protect American property and citizens???? 3)What makes John "cry baby" Boener the voice of America. He is a hack who has sold his "cryin' heart" to the Repubic establishment....and their lobbyists. His big business, labor intensive business donors love a good supply of slave labor putting honest low income AMERICAN workers out of work. I am saying this to all the sheeple, it is NOT the job of your employer to make you rich. No you don't deserve big bucks to work on a packing line with no education. You don't enter a job at Mikey Ds with the expectation of that being your career. It is a good start to show responsibility etc but, good luck in finding an entry work market job.....they have been stolen from America by immigrants....legal and not so legal. In fact most of these entry jobs have been "stolen" from Americans already denying our youth and others from working at them. John, please no BS they do jobs Americans wont do. No BS they contribute to our economy.....they are destroying it by lowering the wage rate because they come, they steal, and send nearly every dollar back to their homelands.....supporting their economies not ours. Good job libs, bring in uneducated workers.....let them steal American jobs and goodies handed out by DEM hacks. What do you end up with??? An uneducated worker who will invariably fail in society, end up on taxpayer paid assistance. Have kids who instantly become American(another story) and promptly go on social assistance. The cycle of poverty continues and the DEMS get their vote slave for life.
John Bogack February 02, 2014 at 10:11 AM
10.10 national minimum wage: pass it!
Get Off My Lawn February 02, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I say 12:10 !!!
Hipockets February 02, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I say 25.12 !! What the he**, go for broke altogether !!!!
Get Off My Lawn February 02, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Hey, are you trying to elected?
Dennis Barone February 02, 2014 at 06:40 PM
wages...why work...Barry O will just give it away...
Patchogue Snoop February 09, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Hey, Make it the moon. Why shouldn't someone with no skills make as much as a doctor??? Marx said it and John B agrees. No surprise with his union militant background. Doesn't matter if you make it 20 and hour, they still won't work! The gioveaways these days approx making 45-60k in the real world. Why work. Let some else(tax payers) pay for you. Live like a parasite sucking the life out of honest working folk and their families....ie children! No self esteem, no education, no morals....and Barry HUSSEIN O is behind this as one of them.
John Bogack February 09, 2014 at 10:35 AM
PS I was a union president. I am proud of the fact that when I was I stood up for my fellow union members advocating for fair wages and fair treatment. If that made me a militant then thank God I had the chance to be one. I am on the side of ordinary people trying to get by. In those ranks there are no parasites. On the contrary people working very hard trying to make it in life and no more. Your comments about what people might be making from public assistance by the way pure fantasy. I spent forty years as a field worker visiting people in Suffolk county many of them poor. No one was making out great they were all just geting by. I would love to put you on a welfare budget. You would find out just how low those income supports really are. Most of those I met worked actually and those who didn't usually had a good reason like illness or desparately wanted to work to get away from people like you who otherwise judged them and looked on them as inferior people. Work dignifies all by creating independence. But it should be paid for at a level that rewards the time spent working. The current minimum wage is too low. It should be hiked. That is what I stand for and I think most Americans feel the same too. And BTW the only Marx I believe in is Harpo Marx. He makes me laugh. You do not.
Patchogue Snoop February 12, 2014 at 09:13 AM
President? I would figure you would be living in the Hamptons! Put me on a welfare budget??? Why, I applied myself, worked my arse off in college and worked very long hours in NYC with a four hours commute to boot. Ie 12-14 hour days. I EARNED IT. My parents pushed me hard. I know why this is on top of Os list.......hispanic votes for for the future....green card holders who were allowed to steal entry level jobs for the american youth. Now he wants to raise their wages, why for unskilled labor? Where does it end with you social justice folks. There is no magic money tree for the government, it comes from my pocket!!! And I am sick of the whining demands lies and excuses for the minorities who bought into your dem/lib/marxist views and the trap they fell into with no way out.
Patchogue Snoop February 12, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I will bet if you offer 100 of your former constituents my job, on the spot with the six figure salary. Just give it to them with a ticket to Penn from Ronk. Board the 6:26am train. Come home at 6:50pm. Just show up and do the hours and come home. I will bet 90% say no and the next ten percent will quit in rapid fashion.
Patchogue Snoop February 12, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Why, their self esteem has been broken with all the phoney promises of the DEMS that they worship. When in fact it was a trap set to permanently keep them down in the welfare hole. ie permanent vote slaves.
Archie Bunker February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM
wacko with verbal diarrhea
Hipockets February 12, 2014 at 01:11 PM
One answer. Impeach this useless president and tell him to take most of his administration with him, they are all lairs and only looking out for their own a** !!!
Tommy Noble February 12, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Stop the Gateway Walmart! Bring back Service Merchandise!
Dennis Barone February 12, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Obama is just a terrible pos. No one trusts him and no one seems to care.
Patchogue Snoop February 17, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Raising the minimum wage is for everybody who needs money to live the American dream: enough money to own a home, raise a family, live. The sad state of affairs in our country.....gimmee gimmee. John the marxist want all to be equal, all to be paid the same miserable wage, all to be completely controlled by the state(govt). Mr Bogac....what is your plan to do this? How can this be done economically? How will it affect our labor markets and business environment including our retire plans based on corporate earnings ie stock market. How high does the minimum wage have to rise to so these people who chose not to apply themselves, raise their children properly, remain uneducated get to buy a home and all you state? 50,60, 70 an hour??? Just for flipping burgers. So a big mac will cost 15 bucks.....ignorance period. This is really a sad, sad statement.
Patchogue Snoop February 17, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Chris=Chris K=Bloated Bowels=Archie Bunker. I guess he gets banned then reinvents himself.
Patchogue Snoop February 17, 2014 at 07:46 AM
wacko with verbal diarrhea Words of wisdom? Nahh, just ignorance.


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