MIT offers a living wage calculator that will calculate living wage depending on different cities and their typical expenses. So what about Mountain View? A living wage for a single adult with no children is $12.01. And how about a family with 2 adults and 2 children? Now we’re talking $23.09.
More striking is this… for any family exceeding 2 people, the current wage of $8.00 qualifies as poverty level. Even at $10.60 an hour, a home with 2 adults and 2 children will qualify as living in poverty.
Sounds like Richmond at $13.00 and Seattle at $15.00 are more our speed.
It’s about time for a change in Mountain View. As the heart of innovation and wealth, we can do it, and we can afford it.
Living Wage Calculation for Mountain View city, Santa Clara County, California.
The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time 2080 hours per year. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison. Wages that are less than the living wage are shown in red.
via Living Wage Calculator – Living Wage Calculation for Mountain View city, Santa Clara County, California.
Salon: RACE AGAINST THE MACHINE!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
201 Castro St, Mountain View, CA
Come to the salon RACE AGAINST THE MACHINE, Tues, April 29 from 7:30-9pm at the Red Rock Cafe in downtown Mountain View. Bill Gates says robots will take our jobs unless we eliminate the minimum wage and all taxes (see below). Alternative journalist Lynne Parramore says these are just fear tactics raised by elites to convince us to lower our pay and benefits. What’s the truth? Akshay will review the book Race Against the Machine. Alison will add a few comments and we can all discuss. If you’d like to do reading, here are some sources:
Bill Gates: Robots Will Take Many, Many Jobs – Probably Yours By Matt Staggs
Microsoft founder and GMO enthusiast Bill Gates made some pretty grim predictions during an appearance at an event hosted by right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute. Grim for them? No, no, silly little person: Grim for you! According to Gates, people are underestimating the number of jobs that will be lost to robots, and unless we’re willing to cut payroll and income taxes out altogether, future businesses will likely not be willing to hire human beings that need jobs. Gates is also against raising the minimum wage, as he sees that as potential discouragement as well. So get ready to work for peanuts or not work at all.