Should $11.85 an hour be the new local minimum wage?

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a “living wage,” which it calculates at $11.85 an hour. So far, 370 businesses in the Asheville area have signed on. Forget $10.10 an hour.  President Barack Obama proposed that figure as the nation’s new minimum wage. But to Mark Hebbard, the rate should be higher for workers in the Asheville area, where the cost of living rivals that in larger North Carolina cities. “I’m here to tell you, $11.85 should be the new $10 an hour,” said Hebbard, a living wage employer certification program coordinator at Just Economics of Western North Carolina. The nonprofit group has been pushing for local businesses to pay a “living wage,” which it calculates at $11.85 an hour, the minimum amount a worker must make to afford basic necessities, without public or private assistance. So far, 370 businesses in the Asheville area have signed on, meaning about 3,000 workers have moved above that living wage threshold.

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Posted on April 30, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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