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The bare minimum  

The present minimum wage of $5.15 an hour yields a before-taxes 40-hour paycheck of $206. A 40-hour week at $6.85 an hour would raise that to $274. Internet figures citing the average rent in Colorado Springs range from $640 to $703 a month. As they say, you do the math.
click to enlarge David Gatchell -  - Downtown -  - Photographer -  - Should the minimum wage be raised? - There's so many broke people in this town. - Anything would help. -  - Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? Not in - this town. This is an expensive place to live. -  - What should the minimum wage be? Between - $7 and $8 an hour, but that's not realistic, given the - over-abundance of labor here. -  - Is the middle class disappearing? Absolutely. - It's part of the Republican plan for a few rich people to - get all the money and power, and the rest of us are just - peons, like in Mexico. -  - Name an underpaid profession. I really don't - know. -  - Name an overpaid profession. Anyone with a - high-level managerial job makes way too much money - compared to people who work for wages. That - differential is much smaller in other countries.
  • David Gatchell

    Downtown

    Photographer

    Should the minimum wage be raised? There's so many broke people in this town. Anything would help.

    Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? Not in this town. This is an expensive place to live.

    What should the minimum wage be? Between $7 and $8 an hour, but that's not realistic, given the over-abundance of labor here.

    Is the middle class disappearing? Absolutely. It's part of the Republican plan for a few rich people to get all the money and power, and the rest of us are just peons, like in Mexico.

    Name an underpaid profession. I really don't know.

    Name an overpaid profession. Anyone with a high-level managerial job makes way too much money compared to people who work for wages. That differential is much smaller in other countries.

click to enlarge Brian Beatty -  - Pion Valley -  - Church media director/music leader -  - Do you support a minimum wage increase? I'd - support it if the wages of all salaried employees were - increased by the same percentage. But, yes, I'd support - the increase  $5.15 isn't enough. -  - Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? I couldn't - support a family on that, and there'd probably be no - health benefits. -  - What should the minimum be? Hmmm ... I've - never thought about that. Maybe $7 an hour. -  - Name an underpaid profession. Fast-food - workers. -  - How about overpaid? Athletes. -  - Is the middle class disappearing? The middle - class is fine. The rich are letting their wealth be known, - the poor are saying they don't have enough. The middle - class is just remaining silent.
  • Brian Beatty

    Pion Valley

    Church media director/music leader

    Do you support a minimum wage increase? I'd support it if the wages of all salaried employees were increased by the same percentage. But, yes, I'd support the increase $5.15 isn't enough.

    Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? I couldn't support a family on that, and there'd probably be no health benefits.

    What should the minimum be? Hmmm ... I've never thought about that. Maybe $7 an hour.

    Name an underpaid profession. Fast-food workers.

    How about overpaid? Athletes.

    Is the middle class disappearing? The middle class is fine. The rich are letting their wealth be known, the poor are saying they don't have enough. The middle class is just remaining silent.

click to enlarge Susan Vukovich -  - Central -  - Camp director -  - Do you favor a higher minimum wage? It's - been pretty low for a long time, and it's not enough for - people to live and survive on, and get on their feet - better, but that would have big repercussions for the - government. -  - Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? I might if - I gave up a lot of comforts, but that'd be OK. -  - What should the minimum wage be? Maybe - even $7 an hour. -  - Name an underpaid profession. Postal - workers. -  - Who is overpaid? Athletes and entertainers. -  - Is the middle class disappearing? Overall, it - probably is. The gap between the rich and poor is - certainly getting bigger. -  - What "extras" would you have to forego if you lived - on minimum wage?  I'd have to find leisure - activities that don't cost money.
  • Susan Vukovich

    Central

    Camp director

    Do you favor a higher minimum wage? It's been pretty low for a long time, and it's not enough for people to live and survive on, and get on their feet better, but that would have big repercussions for the government.

    Could you survive on $6.85 an hour? I might if I gave up a lot of comforts, but that'd be OK.

    What should the minimum wage be? Maybe even $7 an hour.

    Name an underpaid profession. Postal workers.

    Who is overpaid? Athletes and entertainers.

    Is the middle class disappearing? Overall, it probably is. The gap between the rich and poor is certainly getting bigger.

    What "extras" would you have to forego if you lived on minimum wage? I'd have to find leisure activities that don't cost money.

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