FAQs & Figures
The Big Picture: How Not Paying a Livable Wage Impacts ALL of Us:
1. How does not earning livable wages affect Vermonters?
2. Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Businesses That Don't Pay Livable Wages.
3. If not now, when?
How does not earning livable wages affect Vermonters?
working Vermonters have no choice but to do without some of the basics,
including health care. Others rely on public assistance such as food
stamps or fuel assistance even though many work full-time jobs. Some
live in substandard housing or pay a high percentage of their income
for housing. Many take second jobs (7.3 million nationally) or receive
help from family members for such things as child care.
As a result of insufficient income, the standard of living for many
working Vermonters is one of insecurity, dependence, and in some cases
Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Businesses That Don't Pay Livable Wages:
businesses protest increases in the minimum wage because they want a
'free market', they are ignoring the fact that low-wage employers are
already heavily subsidized by our tax dollars. When an employer doesn't
pay livable wages, the workers often become eligible for programs like
the Vermont Health Access Program, Dr. Dynasaur, heating fuel
assistance, and food stamps that allow them to get the basic
necessities. All these programs are paid for with our tax dollars, and
amount to subsidies for low-wage employers.
If not now, when?
people make the argument that this is not the best time to guarantee
all Vermonters a livable wage. However, our economy has been undergoing
an expansion for the past few years. It is one of the longest periods
of strong economic growth since 1945. Job growth is continuing and
inflation is low. If not now, when? There isn't ever going to be a
better time to increase the minimum wage.
FAQs & Figures
Basic Livable Wage
Economy and "Impact"
Issues of Fairness
The Big Picture