Reuters: Hopes and fears raised in rural West Virginia by push for $15 minimum wage

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The stakes are perhaps nowhere better illustrated than in West Virginia. Its 16% poverty rate is among the nation’s highest and its low wages - half its workers earn less than $16. 31 an hour - mean it could see some of the biggest risks and rewards of such a move.
West Virginia is also home to Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who opposes the $15 target and is emerging as a key force in the narrowly divided chamber.

Hopes and fears raised in rural West Virginia by push for $15 minimum wage
At the Custard Stand restaurant in Webster Springs, West Virginia, Angie Cowger worries Democrats' goal of raising the hourly minimum wage to $15 would be the death knell for her business.

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FmrproudAmer

Yeah, great idea. Pay some bus boy at a local restaraunt $15 a hr. Or a burger flipper, or a cashier. God forbid people should learn a skill. Lets just give them monopoly money, increase the price on goods, add to future hyper inflation, and raise it to $20 five years from now. I swear, America used to have a little common sense, now it's a total embarrassment. Oh well, good luck wishes to your children, because honestly, the future for them is fubar

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FmrproudAmer :

Yeah, great idea. Pay some bus boy at a local restaraunt $15 a hr. Or a burger flipper, or a cashier. God forbid people should learn a skill. Lets just give them monopoly money, increase the price on goods, add to future hyper inflation, and raise it to $20 five years from now. I swear, America used to have a little common sense, now it's a total embarrassment. Oh well, good luck wishes to your children, because honestly, the future for them is fubar

God forbid the lazy bastards that eat out all the time grow & cook their own food, pick up their own garbage, change their own oil...
Get off their ass & run their own shop, clean their own mess up... Oh yea, most are too stupid to change oil, cook, grow food... Yet want to pay shit wages for good service.
They wanna sit on their asses & rake in the cash.
Ask most roofers that work along side their employees, pay them well, get better results...

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Atlas

No said anything about roofers, or any job where people are putting some real ass behimd thier work, it's about a MINIMUM wage, that's mandated country wide on small mom and pop shops that people to wash dishes, mop floors, bus tables, wash windows, sweep floors, etc. All it's goingvto do is raise costs on everyone which inevitably hurts who? . ... wait for it, the lowest wage earners, who now make 15 instead of 10, and your 5 dollar hamburger now costs 10. Your 3. 99 gallon of milk now cost 7. And so on... it's simple 101, raise wages, raise costs. Do you really think owners are gonna just eat those costs? No, they will raise prices, or just shut the company down, or increase the work load and fire 40 % of the staff. Oh well, guess we'll find out. I'm not lookin to say I told ya so, but boy, it sure looks like the bill is coming. Good luck everyone, your all gonna need it.

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Darla

This really makes me mad.

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Atlas

Yeah... I'm back to say, I told you so. How's everyone enjoying those high gas prices? Been to krogers lately? How about dining out? Prices going throughbthe roof, but hey, good thingbwages went up! A box of cereal costs 4 to 5 bucks. Keep up the good work! If I had kids, i'd be about fuckin terrified by now. Jesus... some seriously dumb mother fuckers. Oh well, enjoy! Atlas just shrugged.. and quit participating. Who ya gonna tax now? You're taxing yourself by voting in commies.

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