Survey: Support for Increasing Minimum Wage Varies

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — When laundry managers and administrators were asked if their home states should pass an increase in the minimum wage, the result was a tie – 50% yes, 50% no, according to our latest Wire survey.
Responses were received from at least 16 states. (Voters in Ohio, Arizona, Missouri, Montana, Colorado and Nevada approved ballot measures last week to raise their state's minimum wage.)
Asked about increasing the federal minimum wage, the outcome was a little easier to call – 60% yes, 40% no.
As far as what an appropriate minimum wage would be, given today's economic realities, 37.5% favored $7.01 to $8. Most of the remaining choices – $5.15 to $6 (15%), $6.01 to $7 (15%) and $8.01 to $8.99 (17.5%) – garnered almost equal support. Very few respondents (5%) want to see a minimum wage of $9 or more. "None of the above" was the choice of 10%.
Subscribers to American Laundry News’ Wire e-mails — now distributed weekly — are invited to participate in an industry survey each month. The survey is conducted online via a partner website. Each survey is developed so it can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Readers are encouraged to participate, as a greater number of responses will help to better define operator opinions and industry trends.
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About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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