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State minimum wage rates are higher in California than in Texas.
  the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay — usually determined by law, but could be by union or other contract
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Most states and some cities have passed laws requiring minimum wage rates higher than those required by the federal government.

Click on the Wikipedia link for the current minimum wage rates in each state of the United States.

Raising minimum wages is always popular politically, but many economists believe increasing the earned income tax credit is a better way to help the working poor. There are two main reasons:

1. Most people earning minimum wage are not below the poverty line; e.g., teenagers from well-off families.

2. Raising the minimum wage results in fewer low-wage jobs as some jobs are replaced with technology, and some jobs are eliminated when customers won’t pay more for a service.
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  • State minimum wage rates are higher in California than in Texas.
  • After travel expenses and entry fees, he probably would have been better off working minimum wage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Quite a lot more than the minimum wage.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • There’s $213 left in Molly’s savings account from the minimum-wage job she had last summer scooping ice cream in Bar Harbor.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • Five years and not even minimum wage.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Before you know it, you’ll be working for him at minimum wage while he can hardly walk from the weight in his pockets.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Immigrants like herself, she says, work hard at jobs no American wants to do, at least not for minimum wage with no health benefits or paid vacation time.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • You find out what minimum wage is, and I’ll pay two bucks more per hour.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Tell him to offer minimum wage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • I can give you twenty-five hours a week at the minimum wage.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • Beck, however, was in the habit of turning his monologues into scathing, Limbaughesque rants against bed-wetting liberals, and at one point that evening I made the mistake of disagreeing with him: in response to one of his comments I suggested that raising the minimum wage seemed like a wise and necessary policy.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage, i.e., that quantum of the means of subsistence, which is absolutely requisite in bare existence as a labourer.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • One of my Southern colleagues told me that a similar group visited him not long ago with the same requests—but further urging that he take steps to (1) end the low-wage competition from Japan and (2) prevent the Congress from ending—through a higher minimum wage—the low-wage advantage they themselves enjoy to the dismay of my constituents.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It pays minimum wage, and the work sucks, but beggars cannot be choosers.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • 30 an hour, less than the minimum wage.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Most of the guys at Skywatch made not much more than minimum wage.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • 5 million fast food workers are by far the largest group of minimum wage earners in the United States.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Max’s parents split up before he was born and his mother cleans motel rooms for minimum wage.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Getting sent out meant the minimum wage—minus Uncle Sam’s share—for as many hours as you were needed.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • This seems to be no longer true, for government agencies channel only as many laborers as are needed, and some kind of minimum wage is maintained.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Just as Burnham had feared, union leaders began using the future fair as a vehicle for asserting such goals as the adoption of a minimum wage and an eight-hour day.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • They do these tasks for wages lower than non-Hispanic Americans will accept, often below minimum wage, and although it is illegal, they can be exploited by employers—blackmailed, in effect—for being undocumented aliens.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The peasants were still living exactly as they had in colonial times, and had not heard of unions, or Sundays off, or the minimum wage; but now delegates from the new-formed parties of the left, disguised as evangelicals, were beginning to infiltrate the haciendas, with a Bible tucked under one armpit and Marxist pamphlets under the other, simultaneously preaching the abstemious life and revolution or death.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Instead, due to choices she’d made, as well as a few circumstances beyond her control, she’d always had low-level, minimum-wage, benefits-only-if-you’re-really-lucky kinds of jobs: waitress, retail, telemarketer, temp.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • :\round here, there are a lot of minimum-wage-type jobs that don’t pay much more than daycare costs, so why bother?
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Instead of hiring a large human security force-which impacts the social environment-you know, lots of minimum-wage earners standing around carrying machine guns-Mr. Lee prefers to use nonhuman systems.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The Minimum Wage and the Juvenile Delinquent.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • But thirty-five guys (including the two women) were paid (not much more than minimum wage) to sort and filter and essentially be the child of Omelas.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I know it paid well above the minimum wage.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • How we too scared to ask for minimum wage.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The fast food industry pays the minimum wage to a higher proportion of its workers than any other American industry.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Consequently, a low minimum wage has long been a crucial part of the fast food industry’s business plan.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • In the late 1990s, the real value of the U.S. minimum wage still remained about 27 percent lower than it was in the late 1960s.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Nevertheless, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) has vehemently opposed any rise in the minimum wage at the federal, state, or local level.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Increasing the federal minimum wage by a dollar would add about two cents to the cost of a fast food hamburger.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act established the first federal minimum wage.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • And the fast food chains have fought against unions with the same zeal they’ve displayed fighting hikes in the minimum wage.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • She earns the minimum wage.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • How can workers look to this industry for a career, he asked, when it pays them the minimum wage and provides them no health benefits?
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • He earns the minimum wage, plus a dollar for each delivery, plus tips.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Between 1968 and 1990, the years when the fast food chains expanded at their fastest rate, the real value of the U.S. minimum wage fell by almost 40 percent.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Working as a hostess at an upscale chain restaurant like Carriba’s, T.G.I Friday’s, or the Outback Steakhouse is considered a desirable job, even if it pays minimum wage.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Ever since the administration of President Richard Nixon, the fast food industry has worked closely with its allies in Congress and the White House to oppose new worker safety, food safety, and minimum wage laws.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • T.’s foot soldiers also held minimum-wage jobs in the legitimate sector to supplement their skimpy illicit earnings.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • You’re an intelligent college graduate, but you’re content to work for minimum wage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Finally he says, You’re worth a lot more than minimum wage, but I can’t offer a raise until you’ve been here six months.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • About sixty large food-service companies — including Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, Chevy’s, and Red Lobster — have backed congressional legislation that would essentially eliminate the federal minimum wage by allowing states to disregard it.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • That year the fast food industry was lobbying Congress and the White House to pass new legislation — known as the "McDonald’s bill" — that would allow employers to pay sixteen— and seventeen-year-old kids wages 20 percent lower than the minimum wage.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But the stance of the fast food industry on issues involving employee training, the minimum wage, labor unions, and overtime pay strongly suggests that its motives in hiring the young, the poor, and the handicapped are hardly altruistic. stroking
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • It took place during a period when the inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage declined by about 40 percent, when sophisticated mass marketing techniques were for the first time directed at small children, and when federal agencies created to protect workers and consumers too often behaved like branch offices of the companies that were supposed to be regulated.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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