State of Tennessee secondary Archives: on Jobs


Terry Adams: The minimum wage rewards work: increase it

It is no secret, one of the biggest policy differences between me and Senator Alexander is that I want to increase the minimum wage, Alexander wants to abolish the minimum wage.

My support in favor of the increasing minimum wage is fundamental. The minimum wage rewards work. If someone in the United States of America works forty hours per week, they should not live in poverty. In addition, when the minimum wage goes up, it puts money in the hands of people who will spend it locally, often in small businesses which helps everyone.

Imagine raising a family working forty hours per week, fifty-two weeks per year for the last five years at minimum wage. You would have made $15,080 dollars per year without one day of vacation or a sick day. You are also likely dependent upon housing assistance, food assistance, and Medicaid provided by the taxpayers. Meanwhile, after-tax corporate profits have averaged 9.2% of the economy, the highest since the 1920s.

Source: 2014 TN Senate campaign website, AdamsForTN.com Jun 25, 2014

Bob Corker: Minimum wage needs increase; but reduce burden too

Q: What about the minimum wage?

CORKER: Iíve had minimum wage jobs--unlike my opponent. The minimum wage is behind the times, since it hasnít been adjusted for 10 years. We need to look at regions around the country and their cost-of-living. But Iíd like to lessen the burden of taxation and regulation on small businesses.

FORD: Corker in the primary was opposed to the minimum wage increase. Iíve supported it every year in Congress. I did work in minimum wage jobs--as a parking attendant in college

Source: 2006 TN Senate debate, at University of Chattanooga Oct 10, 2006

Harold Ford: Consistently supports minimum wage increase

Q: What about the minimum wage?

CORKER: Iíve had minimum wage jobs--unlike my opponent. The minimum wage is behind the times, since it hasnít been adjusted for 10 years. We need to look at regions around the country and their cost-of-living. But Iíd like to lessen the burden of taxation and regulation on small businesses.

FORD: Corker in the primary was opposed to the minimum wage increase. Iíve supported it every year in Congress. I did work in minimum wage jobs--as a parking attendant in college

Source: 2006 TN Senate debate, at Univ. of Chattanooga, x-ref Corker Oct 10, 2006

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