PBS NewsHour holds live Twitter chats from 1 to 2 p.m. EST each Thursday. Join us on Twitter @NewsHour using the hash tag #NewsHourChats. This week: is the minimum wage a livable wage? Is it meant to be? Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
From $15 to $11.50 to $7.25 an hour — there’s a battle brewing over the minimum wage. It’s being fought at the polls in Washington state, with striking fast food workers across the country and on an individual level with our wallets.
What should the minimum wage be set at? What is a reasonable minimum wage? Should the minimum wage be livable in the sense that a person working 40 hours per week should be above the poverty line on it? These questions and more are the focus of this week’s #NewsHourChats.