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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
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:
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
That all elected officials and the city attorney be considered
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,
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
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,
Gateway, Indiana -
Active Budgets Funds for Wages,
3 Sources: General Fund, Water, Sewage
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Living Wage Calculation for Martin County, Indiana
wage is the hourly rate an individual household must earn to support their
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.
of Labor -
State Minimum Wage Laws
Economic Policy Institute - Cost of child care in Indiana
Department of Health & Human Services -
Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain
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 -
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
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)
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
Seasonal, Paid Positions:
Swimming Pool: Manager, Assistant, Manger, Lifeguards,
A living wage is
defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to
meet their basic needs.
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.
A family wage is
a wage that is sufficient to raise a family.
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.
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
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
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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