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Minimum or living?

Much is being written recently about the “minimum” wage and whether it is too high (per conservatives) or too low (per liberals). It seems to me that there is, or should be, a distinctly ethical component to this conversation. If someone is willing and able to put in a 40 hour week then should they not be receiving wages sufficient to live simply, perhaps, but adequately? Should we not, in other words, be talking as people of faith about a living wage and not just a minimum wage? We may debate among ourselves as to what constitutes a living wage but that’s a better debate for us to be having than what’s the least amount that we can get away with paying.

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