Topic: Minimum Wage

Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Cookie Roberts
"Two-thirds of the people who receive the minimum wage are female."
Federal data shows 62% of people who earn the federal minimum wage or below are women, however this doesn't account for women in states with a higher minimum wage. One study says that if the federal government raises the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, women will benefit more than men by a 55-45 percent spread.
Charles Schumer D NY
If you work 40 hours a week at the proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, "you get out of poverty."
This depends on size of the family.  One-person households already exceed poverty limits at current minimum wage. Raising the wage to $10.10 an hour does put two-, three- and four-person households with one working member above the poverty line for the first time. And households of five or more people still wouldn’t earn enough to escape poverty. 46 percent of all impoverished households would escape poverty with increase.
Progressive Christians
Progressive Christianity seeing stunning resurgence with groups like Nuns on a Bus, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, The Cana Initiative, Moral Mondays, Faithful America, etc.
With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. 47 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 66 to 88) are religious conservatives, compared with 34 percent of Baby Boomers, 23 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of Millennials.
Katrina Vander Heuvel, editor Nation
"Only one out of 10 minimum wage workers today are teen age or a young person."
Misquoted data. Half of  those who earn minimum wage are 16 to 24 years old. According to the Economic Policy Institute, teens would make up 12.5 percent of people who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
"There is no state in the U.S. where a 40-hour minimum wage work week is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment."
The statement would be totally true except that they failed to specify that the study refers to Fair Market Rent, a number determined by the federal government for each region set at the 40th percentile of all rents in that area.  People might be able to find a dump for minimum wage.
David Cicilline D Ri
The U.S. has third-lowest minimum wage among developed countries.
In the US the minimum wage is just 37 percent of the median wage, and we rank 26th among industrialized nations, above only the Czech Republic and Mexico. View this Labor Department graphic.
Income Inequity
Twenty states will be hiking their minimum wages on New Year's Day.
After Congress failed to act, even some red states like Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will raise wages due to November election initiatives. Many increases will be tied to an inflation index.
Jeb Bush Fl
America lags behind most every developed country in terms of being able to move up the economic ladder.
The American dream that hard work could pay off is want made America great, but evidence shows that is no longer true. Bush says that we must fix our education system in order to turn that around. Many would say income inequality is the cause.
Elizabeth Warren Sen Mass
"The average family not in the top 10 percent makes less money today than they were making a generation ago."
According to one measurement, the bottom 90 percent of American earners had a lower income in 2012 than they had 30 years ago. She’s arguing that middle-class wages haven’t increased enough over the past couple decades.
Joni Ernst Sen R-iowa
PolitiFact combed through every line of the State of the Union rebuttal by Senator Joni Ernst.
The rebuttal includes many fact and many points that had been debunked many times over.  Read the entire speech and see, point by point, which statements were true or not.
Barack Obama
"Too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need." 2015 State of the Union address.
PolitiFact validated a claim that, "In 1978, a student who worked a minimum-wage summer job could afford to pay a year's full tuition at the 4-year public university." Obama's point is that the current minimum wage now prohibits the American dream.
Andy Puzder
"Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time."
The statistics, in this case, are inadequate to either prove or disprove that "millions" of Americans have seen their job go from full-time to part-time due to the law. That said, there’s evidence suggesting that hundreds of thousands of workers may have seen their hours cut as the law’s impact began to be felt.
Ted Cruz Tx
"92 million Americans aren't working."
Once you strip out senior citizens and school-age Americans, the number is less than half that.
Andrew Cuomo Ny Governor
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to raise the wages of fast-food workers across his state.
Cuomo says, "73 % of fast food workers are women, 70 % are over the age of 20, and more than 2/3 are raising a child and are the primary wage earners in their family.” No one who works full-time should live in poverty.  A decent nation ensures that all workers can pay their rent and feed their family. 
Robert Reich, Political Economist
Robert Reich says, "no one who works full-time should live in poverty. A decent nation ensures that all workers can pay their rent and feed their family."
Reich is a political economist who has served in the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, and as Secretary of Labor under Clinton.  This short video illustrates how our economy will benefit by raising the minimum wage.
Hillary Clinton
Clinton says most minimum-wage workers are "women."
According to the study by PolitiFact, 62.7 percent of minimum wage workers age 16 and older are women. That’s almost, but not quite, two thirds.
Donald Trump
Trump said "Elizabeth Warren lied when she says I want to abolish the Federal Minimum Wage."
To be honest, Trump's comments are so all over the map.  In the Debate in November 2015, Trump said wages are "too high" and he wouldn't raise the minimum. On May 8, 2016, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, He rambled about leaving it up to the states. On MSNBC in August 2015, Trump said, "Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country." But when opponents quote him he calls them lairs.


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