Minimum Wage quotes

  • Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress.
    -- A. Philip Randolph

    #Enemy #Minimum Wage #Looks

  • No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage.
    -- Benjamin Jealous

    #Dream #Minimum Wage #Persons

  • Today a minimum wage earner has to work a day and a half just to pay for a full tank of gas. That is simply shameful.
    -- Bill Pascrell

    #Tanks #Minimum Wage #Half

  • Most arguments for instituting or raising a minimum wage are based on fairness and redistribution. Even if workers are getting a competitive wage, many of us are deeply disturbed that some hard-working families still have very little.
    -- Christina Romer

    #Hard Work #Minimum Wage #Littles

  • Raising the minimum wage, as President Obama proposed in his State of the Union address, tends to be more popular with the general public than with economists.
    -- Christina Romer

    #President #Minimum Wage #Unions

  • The beauty of our democracy lies in the American value of equality: if you vote, you have a seat at the table. If you speak, you have a chance to persuade others. A billionaire and a minimum wage earner have the same power at the ballot box.
    -- Christine Pelosi

    #Lying #Democracy #Minimum Wage

  • Can't get around the old minimum wage, Mortimer.
    -- Dan Aykroyd

    #Money #Minimum Wage #Minimum

  • This is a sensible response to employer concerns that the minimum wage is starting to have a damaging impact on competitiveness.
    -- Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham

    #Impact #Wages #Minimum Wage

  • I was making almost minimum wage on 'The Young and the Restless.' But it was my first job, so I accepted my first quote. I had a great time on it, and it obviously led me to better things.
    -- Eva Longoria

    #Jobs #Minimum Wage #Firsts

  • The Republicans believe in the minimum wage -- the more the minimum, the better.
    -- Harry S. Truman

    #Believe #Political #Minimum Wage

  • We got CEOs making 200 times the worker's pay, but they'll fight like hell against raising the minimum wage.
    -- Iris DeMent

    #Fighting #Minimum Wage #Pay

  • The liberal paradigm of regulation and license has led to a society where an 18-year-old girl has the right to public fornication in a pornographic movie -- but only if she is paid the minimum wage.
    -- Irving Kristol

    #Girl #Years #Minimum Wage

  • What is the source of power of musicians who are financially browbeaten, most of whom work for minimum wage or less? Musicians who cannot even afford to buy tickets to operas or concerts in which they themselves perform?
    -- Itay Talgam

    #Musician #Minimum Wage #Opera

  • The minimum wage was due for an increase, but it was important that we offset its cost to small businesses.
    -- J. D. Hayworth

    #Important #Cost #Minimum Wage

  • The first to come and the last to go, working for that minimum wage.
    -- Jackson Browne

    #Work #Minimum Wage #Lasts

  • The bottom line is that five million low-income Americans working full time for minimum wage, deserve a raise.
    -- Jim Clyburn

    #Low Income #Minimum Wage #Lines

  • I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill,
    -- John Boehner

    #Suicide #Minimum Wage #Bills

  • When I was a student at Princeton University, I was working part time in a grocery store. I saw an ad for teachers of a prep course. I don't remember what it paid, but it was easily double or triple the minimum wage.
    -- John Katzman

    #Teacher #Minimum Wage #Saws

  • No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty.
    -- Jon Corzine

    #Doe #Minimum Wage #Earning

  • It has now been over 7 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $5.15 per hour. Since that last increase, Congress's failure to adjust the wage for inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the minimum wage to record low levels.
    -- Jon Corzine

    #Years #Records #Minimum Wage

  • A market where chief executive officers make 262 times that of the average worker and 821 times that of the minimum-wage worker is not a market that is working well. And it is surely not working well enough to build a solid middle class.
    -- Marcy Kaptur

    #Class #Average #Minimum Wage

  • I know firsthand that many employers who comply with other labor standards still hire the undocumented. Many businesses pay the minimum wage and have barely tolerable working conditions because there are sufficient undocumented workers willing to accept those terms. If we care about low-income workers in this country, we need to create pressure to improve their economic condition by reducing the supply of unauthorized workers.
    -- Maria Echaveste

    #Country #Minimum Wage #Care

  • Once again, the Republicans in the Senate have rejected an increase in the minimum wage. They support tax breaks for multi-millionaires, but they oppose helping the working poor to earn a decent income.
    -- Mark Dayton

    #Support #Income #Minimum Wage

  • The minimum wage is mostly an entry-level wage for young people.
    -- Mitch McConnell

    #People #Levels #Minimum Wage

  • Remember that the minimum wage law provides no jobs; it only outlaws them; and outlawed jobs are the inevitable result.
    -- Murray Rothbard

    #Jobs #Law #Minimum Wage

  • Many unions have contracts with employers that are based on a multiple of the prevailing minimum wage. If the minimum wage goes up, union salaries go up by a similar percentage.
    -- Neal Boortz

    #Unions #Salary #Minimum Wage

  • But can we please stop insisting that if low-wage workers earn a little bit more, unemployment will skyrocket and the economy will collapse? There is no evidence for it. The most insidious thing about trickle-down economics is not the claim that if the rich get richer, everyone is better off. It is the claim made by those who oppose any increase in the minimum wage that if the poor get richer, that will be bad for the economy. This is nonsense.
    -- Nick Hanauer

    #Unemployment #Minimum Wage #Littles

  • You get paid more at McDonald's than you do under the existing minimum wage.
    -- Norm Coleman

    #Mcdonalds #Minimum Wage #Wages

  • So what are the effects of increasing minimum wages? Any Econ 101 student can tell you the answer: The higher wage reduces the quantity of labor demanded, and hence leads to unemployment.
    -- Paul Krugman

    #Wages #Minimum Wage #Answers

  • Minimum wage laws make it illegal for a worker to accept a job that pays less, even if the worker needs that job.
    -- Peter Schiff

    #Jobs #Law #Minimum Wage

  • Federal laws, including those that made so many people immigrate without documents, gutted the enforcement power of the Department of Labor and created a lower minimum wage for tipped workers than for everybody else, reinforcing the industry’s
    -- Rinku Sen

    #Law #People #Minimum Wage

  • The only way to grow the economy in a way that benefits the bottom 90 percent is to change the structure of the economy. At the least, this requires stronger unions and a higher minimum wage.
    -- Robert Reich

    #Stronger #Minimum Wage #Benefits

  • Congress has not raised the minimum wage since 1997. The minimum wage is now at its lowest level in 50 years adjusted for inflation.
    -- Russ Carnahan

    #Years #Minimum Wage #Levels

  • It is time this Congress listened to the American people and minimum-wage workers, and it is time that we act.
    -- Russ Carnahan

    #Aggravation #People #Minimum Wage

  • 6.6 million people will benefit from a rise in the minimum wage.
    -- Russ Carnahan

    #People #Benefits #Minimum Wage

  • Ohio is one of only two states that have a minimum wage below the federal level of $5.15 an hour.
    -- Sherrod Brown

    #Two #Ohio #Minimum Wage

  • Raising the minimum wage means raising the living wage - and that's good news for Ohio.
    -- Sherrod Brown

    #Mean #Ohio #Minimum Wage

  • The average family earning minimum wage spends 141 percent of their income struggling to meet basic needs - food, shelter, clothing.
    -- Sherrod Brown

    #Struggle #Average #Minimum Wage

  • Anyone who's tried to pay a heating bill, fill a prescription, or simply buy groceries knows all too well that the current minimum wage does not cut the mustard.
    -- Sherrod Brown

    #Cutting #Doe #Minimum Wage

  • This is the debate we have every time we talk about the minimum wage, that if we raise it even 50 cents, that it means employers are just going to shut down. It's not true.
    -- Stephanie Cutter

    #Mean #Minimum Wage #Debate

  • The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner - most likely a woman - responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children.
    -- Thomas Perez

    #Running #Children #Minimum Wage

  • The real minimum wage is zero.
    -- Thomas Sowell

    #Zero #Real #Minimum Wage

  • Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist.
    -- Tom DeLay

    #Emotional #Trying #Minimum Wage

  • Luxury, like a minimum wage, is a relationship; it changes as we change.
    -- Vida Dutton Scudder

    #Luxury #Minimum Wage #Minimum

  • Reduced employment opportunities is one effect of minimum wage legislation. The minimum wage law has imposed incalculable harm on the disadvantaged members of our society. The only moral thing to do is to repeal it.
    -- Walter E. Williams

    #Opportunity #Law #Minimum Wage

  • By the end of the first month of the 1995 session, each senator will have made more money than any person who works 40 hours a week at minimum wage for the entire year.
    -- William J. Clinton

    #Math #Years #Minimum Wage

  • Giving a minimum wage reduces inequality significantly.
    -- Winnie Byanyima

    #Inspiring #Giving #Minimum Wage

  • If you want to be backed by corporations so that you're elected mayor, then it's going to be very problematic for you to support a living wage campaign that would shift the minimum wage to something else.
    -- Amber Hollibaugh

    #Support #Campaigns #Minimum Wage

  • A September 2015 poll found that, by a 3-1 margin, voters are more likely to support political candidates who favor raising the minimum wage.
    -- David Rolf

    #Political #Support #Minimum Wage

  • Massachusetts led the nation passing the first state minimum wage a century ago in June 1912, and with passage of an $11 state minimum wage ... will be leading the nation again with a wage floor that is good for business, good for customers and good for our economy.
    -- Holly Sklar

    #June #Massachusetts #Minimum Wage

  • I believe increasing minimum wage it`s not just the minimum wage, it`s a living wage.
    -- Alison Lundergan Grimes

    #Believe #Minimum Wage #Living Wage

  • On the basis of capitalism, victories like raising the minimum wage are only temporary.
    -- Kshama Sawant

    #Victory #Minimum Wage #Bases