In a recent article, published in the Hartford Courant, there was a focus on how Connecticut residents currently working minimum-wage jobs are barely making ends meet. What a shocker, right? The author describes that back in the 70’s while working a summer retail job, they took home about 70 bucks a week. That covered books, living expenses for a year in a dorm, and a little left over. You’d be lucky these days if that covered your groceries for a week!
The article states that anyone making less than $10.32 per hr working full-time isn’t going to be able to provide for the basic necessities (food, shelter, clothes, etc.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I agree whole-heartedly that the minimum wage needs to be raised, but I don’t believe a non-manager McDonalds employee should be making $15.00 an hr flipping burgers. The pay scale should correlate with your skill level and what you can bring to the table.
As the article mentions, we need to nip the problem in the bud early and make sure that people are graduating high school and going to college so they’re not stuck making these kinds of wages for the majority of their life and becoming part of the “working poor” statistic.