The families of three more students have joined a lawsuit against Maine West High School in Des Plaines.
Beck: $15 minimum wage sounds great to people in the cities that are struggling. Let me present the other side - people that live in rural areas. 1) The cost of living is lower. $10 per hour is more than enough to support a single person - my son lives on his own (with no government help) on $9. A family of four in our area that brings in $30,000 per year makes too much to receive food stamps, free school lunches, or housing subsidies. Our TEACHERS start at $32,000 per year. 2) Many companies chose to locate to rural areas because even though they have to pay more to transport their goods, the lower wage still allows them to make a profit. Raising the wage eliminates that profit, resulting in less businesses willing to locate in rural areas, resulting in less jobs to people who are unable to relocate or commute to due costs. 3) Increasing the wage by almost double will impact food costs (cashiers) and school taxes (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, and landscapers) - how will you prevent this from impacting those on a fixed income? Will there be a corresponding increase in social security?