The Tampa Bay Times’s John Romano considers the minimum wage. A nugget:
Supporters of raising the minimum wage could cite studies from California-Berkeley and MIT that suggest higher pay means a healthier economy. Critics could produce their own studies that warn a higher minimum wage could result in a smaller workforce.
Meanwhile, a generation of workers tries to decide whether it’s better to skip the electric or water bill this month.
Moore, 27, has been working at a Burger King in Hillsborough County for nearly a year. He took classes to get necessary food service certifications and was promoted to a shift manager two months ago. He gets up at 4 a.m. six days a week to catch a 4:30 a.m. bus in his slacks and tie so he can reach Burger King by 5:15 to begin setting up for the day.
His hourly pay?
It is Florida’s minimum wage of $7.93 an hour, he said, the same pay he was getting when he was hired.
Meanwhile . . . .