Misty Vs. Mike: Livable Wages


Misty K. Snow met with The New Utah Podcast on September 27th, 2016 to discuss her platform on livable wages vs. Mike Lee and well, his votes against such issues.

First of all, Misty K. Snow will be debating Mike Lee on October 12th at BYU. As of this entry, it will be broadcast on KBYU and hopefully CSPAN. More updates to come.


What is a livable wage?

There are 7 factors that create the idea of a livable wage.

Other basic necessities

How is a livable wage calculated?

MIT offers a calculator to give you an idea of what a livable wage is. This takes into factors such as your location down to the county.

What are you getting paid vs. what you should be getting paid:

What is considered livable? If you look at minimum wage adjusted for inflation, we should be at about $12.00. Workers are not benefiting over the past couple decades by the gains in inflation. Trickle down economics isn’t working. Workers hours are being cut so that they don’t have to pay them full-time. 51% of workers in our nation, last year, made less than $31,000. Just scraping by.

Equal pay for everyone and preventing pay discrimination :.

Misty K. Snow believes we have to continue striving for making sure there is no discrimination happening. 2/3 of low wage workers are women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Mike Lee voted “Nay” in equal pay. Government tends to think there isn’t a pay gap and have seemed to wipe their hands clean by saying it needs to be controlled by the “market.” Misty K. Snow wants people to talk about what they make. It is not illegal to have that conversation. Employers put in their hand books that these conversations cannot take place, and Misty wants to create laws that allow the conversation without repercussions. Another contributor in the pay gap/creating a living wage is the fact that women are 2/3 of the minimum wage workers.

He wants poor people to have money in their pockets yet he voted against a minimum wage increase.  Remember when Mike Lee shut down the government?

How can minimum wage increase without hurting the economy:

Misty K. Snow has great ideas on how the hit of raising minimum wage can be softened. An increase over time is one of Misty’s ideas. Each increase has been about 3.5 years apart, but it is about 5 years now. At one point the wage sat for 10 years before an increase. There has to be an annual adjustment for inflation. Every year that is measured and the wages should be adjusted to meet that. To do this gradually wouldn’t have an impact on employer’s. An example: $2 the first year, many entry level employees would be making a little more but overall it wouldn’t effect that many employees. Then another $2 and so on makes it almost unnoticeable over a 10 year period. When wages are raised, there are taxes that happen that still help the government, as well as increased spending because people are living more comfortably. It also creates company loyalty and an environment where people can thrive instead of survive.

What else can assist in livable wage:

Health care costs contribute to livable wage. Other industrialized countries have a single health care paying system. They tend to pay less per capita and have better health care offerings. The United States has one of the highest costs of health care per capita. Medical bills are one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in America. Looking at options to affordable health care goes hand in hand with living wages.

For more on Misty K. Snows Platform on Livable wage, click the Snow Storm link below!

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