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Poverty: America in Crisis

Replacing Minimum Wage with a Living Wage


Purpose: ensuring that workers earn a living wage and ending poverty and the need for living assistance.
  With the ever increasing cost of living, making ends meet, it is important that the government and businesses of Martin County know what the is living wage is for their employees.

Living Wage Calculation for Martin County, Indiana - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 ^ Based on Traditional Family: 2 Adults (1 Working) and 2 Children),  Full-Time: (2080 hrs/yr)

  ^ *Living Wage: $23.50/hr,  $3,760/mo,  $48,880/yr          *Poverty Wage: $12.38/hr,  $1,980/mo,  $25,750/yr          *Minimum Wage: $7.25/hr,  $1,160/mo,  $15,080/yr

   ^ Typical Salaries for Various Professions in Our Area: Management: $85,680, Business & Financial: $60,522, Community & Social Services: $40,192, Legal: $65,563 Education: $42,753

Federal Poverty Level Income Cart 2020 by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Household Size (4): $26,200    Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Federal Aid Programs

Wages, City of Loogootee Employees:

  Mayor: $ 41,184, Clerk Treasurer: $40,185, Police Chief: 46,550, Police Captain: $40,144, Radio Operator: $11.60/hr,

  Superintendent of Public Works: $ 56,513, Water Department Operator: $38,355, Laborer/Equipment Operator: $34,008, Janitor: $ 10.60/hr (15 hrs/wk)

City of Loogootee Benefits: See Clerk for full Benefits.

 That the City of Loogootee, Indian will abide by all the laws of the State of Indiana, and all laws governing salaries and wages paid from funds of the City.

 That all elected officials and the city attorney be considered salaried employees. 
  All others specified in Ordinance and all bi-weekly pay be pro-rated to hourly rates in cases of leave without pay, resignations, new hires, etc.


 Retirement: City pays full cost. Employer and Employee approved participants only.

 Pension (Police): City pays percentage rate mandated by the State to the Pension Fund, Police pay 6% of the 1st class patrolman wage each payroll.

 Health Insurance: City pays 90% of total premium, Employee pays 10%.  Full time employees only.

 Life Insurance: City pays for policy for the full time employees only. 100%   Employees must pay for spouse and/or children if offered by insurance company.

 Medicare Supplement: City pays one-half of a Medicare Supplement for Retired Employees.  Eligible employees only

 Holidays: Paid Holidays for all full time employees will be based on those recognized by the State of Indiana and the Common Council of the City of Loogootee, set by Council.

 Also Covers: Fire and Police Department: City pays a clothing allowance, Required Physicals, Cell Phone Stipend, On-Call Pay, Travel, Certifications

 Indiana State Taxes            Gateway, Indiana - Budget Notices, Taxpayer Portal, Active Budgets      Funds for Wages, 3 Sources: General Fund, Water, Sewage  


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Living Wage Calculation for Martin County, Indiana - Living wage is the hourly rate an individual household must earn to support their family.

Economic Policy Institute - Family Budget Calculator - Family Budget Map - EPI's measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest standard of living.  Working Poverty

U.S. Department of Labor - State Minimum Wage Laws                 Economic Policy Institute - Cost of child care in Indiana    

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Static - Indiana, May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator - 2016 Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - Federal Poverty Level Income Chart

City of Bloomington, Indiana - Living Wage Ordinance. 
...requires covered employers to pay covered employees a living wage.

Indiana Business Review - Dimensions of Indiana Poverty

Indiana Institute for Working Families - Martin County Indiana - What it takes to be self-sufficient. Note: Chart does represent the "Traditional Family", I considered chart miss-leading.
Traditional Family: 2 Adults (1 Working) and 2 Children)    This Chart shows 2 Adults working with 2 Children...

  ^ The Standard makes it possible to determine if families' incomes are enough to meet basic needs. 15 Reasons to Raise Minimum Wage

* Fight Back - Fighting for Fair Wages.
The minimum wage fails to accomplish this goal.      * Prosperity Now - Reasons to Raise Indiana's Minimum Wage in 2016.

City of Loogootee; What it take to efficiently operate our city.

 Full Time, Paid Positions

  Mayor, Mayor Administrative Assistant, Clerk-Treasurer, Clerk-Treasurer, Attorney,  Utility Clerk, Building Inspector, Janitor/Maintenance

  Police Department: Police Chief, Assistant Police Chief, Police Captain (2), Police Sergeant, Patrolman - 1st Class, Patrolman - Certified, Part Time Officers, Radio Operator(s) Part Time

  Public Works Department: Superintendent of Public Works, Forman of Public Works, Water Department Operator, Sewer Department Operator (3),

  Public Works Laborer Positions: Utility/Street (3), All Departments (2), Meter Reader (3), Part Time Department Worker

 Non-Full Time, Paid Positions: City Council Members (5), Board of Public Works (2)

 Seasonal, Paid Positions: Swimming Pool: Manager, Assistant, Manger, Lifeguards, Concession/Other



Living Wage
A living wage is defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs. 
This is not the same as a subsistence wage, which refers to a biological minimum. Needs are defined to include food, housing, and other essential needs such as clothing. The goal of a living wage is to allow a worker to afford a basic but decent standard of living through employment without government subsidies. Due to the flexible nature of the term "needs", there is not one universally accepted measure of what a living wage is and as such it varies by location and household type. A related concept is that of a family wage – one sufficient to not only support oneself, but also to raise a family.

The living wage differs from the minimum wage in that the latter can fail to meet the requirements for a basic quality of life which leaves the worker to rely on government programs for additional income. Living wages have typically only been adopted in municipalities. In economic terms, the living wage is similar to the minimum wage as it is a price floor for labor. It thus differs from the national minimum wage in that it is not set according to a legal threshold.

Family Wage
A family wage is a wage that is sufficient to raise a family.
This contrasts with a 
living wage, which is generally taken to mean a wage sufficient for a single individual to live on, but not necessarily sufficient to also support a family. As a stronger form of living wage, a family wage is likewise advocated by proponents of social justice. Family wage campaign was aiming to maintain the traditional family structure, as a concept connecting economics and family structure it is one of the examples of how economic structure of family, which is a subject of the field family economics, affects overall economy beyond the family.

The notion of a family wage traditionally proposes a household consisting of a 
nuclear family with a single wage-earner, namely the man, with the wife staying home and raising the children, and thus the premise that the man's wage should support his wife and their children. This is in contrast to a multi-generation household, consisting also of the previous generation, or to single parent households or dual-earners. With the entry of women into the paid labor force, this model has been complicated, with some households having two wage earners, some one, and others none; see feminist movement for context and discussion.

Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in the United States is set by US labor law and a range of state and local laws. Employers generally have to pay workers the highest minimum wage prescribed by federal, state, and local law. Since July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. As of January 2020, there were 29 states and D.C with a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. From 2018 to 2019, seven states increased their minimum wage levels through automatic adjustments, while increases in sixteen other states and D.C. occurred through referendum or legislative action.

In United States, the poverty thresholds are updated every year by Census Bureau. The threshold in United States are updated and used for statistical purposes. In 2020, in the United States, the poverty threshold for a single person under 65 was an annual income of US$12,760; the threshold for a family group of four, including two children, was US$26,200. According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey 2018 One-year Estimates, 13.1% of Americans lived below the poverty line.


Disclaimer: The living wage figures and information are from private and government institutes.

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