Living wage

Minimum income necessary to meet basic needs

A living wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs (food, housing, and other essentials such as health care and clothing). The goal of a living wage is to allow a worker to afford a basic but decent standard of living. Due to the flexible nature of the term "needs", there is not one universally accepted measure of what a living wage is and as such it varies by location and household type. Most workers agree that employee, employer, and community all benefit from living wages. Employees would be more willing to work, helping the employer reduce worker turnover, and it would help the community when the citizens have enough to have a decent life.

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  • Maryland’s Senate passed a bill Thursday that gradually increases the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, delivering another victory to supporters of the national “Fight for $15” campaign that has ushered in wage increases in other states... Other states and jurisdictions — including New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia — have raised their minimum wages. A bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives would raise the federal minimum to $15. Meanwhile, major companies including Amazon, Target, Whole Foods and Costco have all embraced $15 minimums.

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