As a minimum-wage worker for most of my life so far, I can confidently tell you that raising the minimum wage does nothing to help us.
When I started working, I think minimum wage was somewhere around $6 an hour. The times are no better now than they were back than. If anything, they are worse. Every time the minimum wage goes up, inflation and the cost of living go up with it, making it a wash and keeping us in the same situation we are in now.
If Gov. Quinn wants to help me, however, I do have ideas.
He can send some of that money, which was for General Assembly members who are not getting paid right now, to me.
He can lower the price of our registration stickers for our cars, so I don’t have to pay $100 a year to drive my car that I bought with my hard-earned money.
Raising the minimum wage has proved to be a failure; time to try something new.
Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.