- Posted September 20, 2011 by
los angeles, California
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How Can We Solve the Minimum Wage Debate?
Expert Reveals How a Universal Living Wage Can Help Solve Homelessness and Stimulate the Economy
Richard Troxell knows what it is to be homeless.
"Homelessness is a vicious circle, because in order to find a home you need to find work, but without a living wage job the work ends up not sustaining the worker, who again becomes homeless," he said. "The problem is that in any city in the USA, the minimum wage isn’t enough to support a full time worker. Housing costs in major metropolitan areas are far beyond the reach of minimum wage earners, and once someone gets a job, they no longer qualify for support programs. So, it’s a catch 22 – if they find work, they still can’t afford to live on their own. So they stay homeless and accept whatever public assistance that is available to them. But, what's important to recognize is that most folks want to work! No one feels good if they are not working."
Troxell’s solution is to replace the minimum wage with a Universal Living Wage, which would create a minimum wage that is proportionate to the living expenses of where the worker lives and works. Troxell’s formula is simple and it’s based on the concept that if people are willing to work a 40-hour week, they should at least be able to afford an efficiency apartment regardless of where they live. The formula includes three basic established ideas: