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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Oil boom, then bust, it’s history. Let’s look at the rest of the country where the minimum does NOT provide living wage.

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The rapidly growing North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the United States.

  3. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    There are some jobs that just are not worth that much. You can’t stick with being a burger flipper for years, doing nothing to improve your lot, and then argue that because you were dumb enough to try and buy a house and have kids on a fry basket shaker’s wages others must now pay you far more than the job is worth. You want to make more money, get a different job, learn a useful skill. In other words, do something to improve yourself and make yourself more marketable.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    If you want a higher minimum wage, then look to the models that are around you.

    What is it that say Australia and New Zealand have done that has allowed them to have high (adult) minimum wage?

    Certainly not the only factor but one to note is their IMMIGRATION policies. You want to live there? Bring something to the table that is of benefit to the nation. Speak the language. How reserve funds so you are not a burden on the system. Have marketable skills that are currently in demand.

    Being an island nation it’s relatively easy to keep slackards and criminals at bay…….

  5. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Actually it may be more due to the location. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but much like Alaska, a lot of basic goods have to be imported in from quite a distance in that area

  6. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    for those who want to see min wage go up should open a resturant and pay what they think the wages should be and report backi

  7. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Williston costs an average of $2,394 a month, according to Apartment Guide, an online website for apartment hunters. The same apartment would cost $1,504 in the New York area, $1,411 in the Los Angeles area or $1,537 in the Boston area, the Williston Herald reported.

    The population of Williston, in the northwest corner of the state not far from the Montana border, has more than doubled since the 2010 Census, with estimates of more than 30,000 people now within the city’s limits.

    The city and developers have lagged behind the influx of oil field workers, whose sometimes six-figure salaries can bear inflated rent and have caused a shake up in housing supply and demand.

    “A lot of management companies have long-term projects projected, as long as the demand and infrastructure are there,” Pam Winter, Apartment Guide’s Regional Sales Executive for North Dakota, said in a release. “Projects that will be 300 units by the end of the year are looking to be 800 if it continues to boom. Currently, I have not seen many concessions, and one of the developers raised his rent in January.”

    In other words, they are chaging as much as they can get away with for rent because they have people over the oil barrow due to a lack of housing. Your “free market” at work.

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