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Thursday, May 8, 2014

How Do We Give 4.7 Million Moms A Better Mother's Day?

Pay them a better wage. This graphic comes to us courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute:

You're reading that right. According to their data, one FIFTH of all working moms  -and their families - would be impacted by a raise to just $10.10 an hour. I'd call that a living wage, but in some parts of the country, it would be next to impossible to live on that, if it were the sole income in the house.

In addition to the Moms, 2.6 million working Dads would see a raise in income. That's over 7 million parents who would benefit, and who knows how many kids?

I know how hard it is to be a small business owner - I was one myself for a few years. It's exorbitantly expensive to have an employee. Between the wages, the SSI, the Medicare, the unemployment insurance, the taxes, the eats a huge chunk out of your bottom line.

At the same time, it's incredibly expensive to lose an employee and start over again. And studies have shown, time and again, that the best way to keep an employee is to pay them a decent wage and treat them like a decent human being.

There's got to be a middle ground for the small business owner, to help them be able to pay a living wage. Tax cuts? Subsidies? I don't know...I'm not an economist. But we need something.

The big time retailers should just plain pay it. They're making money hand over fist, most of them, and they can well afford it. Their large employee base guarantees them the best rates in insurance and employee programs, so why aren't they paying people accordingly? It's wrong. It's just wrong.

I'm lucky enough to have a job that pays me well for what I do. I'm not rich by anybody's standards, but I do all right. That's what any parent wants - to do all right. To not have to worry that one car repair means paying the mortgage late. To not worry that those collections calls are going to come at work and get  you fired. To not feel so expendable in a job that's far from expendable for them.

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