Minimum Wage and the Presidential Hopefuls

This blog post is more of a list format. I want to outline the list of presidential candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election and state their stance on minimum wage, if they have publicized one. With the long list of all hopefuls, I’m going to stick with those that have Declared, leaving out those that are still considered potential candidates.

Democratic Party

  • Howell Astor – Has no official comment on his stance on minimum wage but does have a detailed plan for offering incentives to businesses to hire currently unemployed workers.
  • Morrison Bonpasse – No official stance on minimum wage but would like to replace the current U.S. dollar with a single Global Currency.
  • Jeff Boss – Advocates a $15/hr minimum wage.
  • Harry Brown – No official stance at this time
  • Andy Caffrey – No official stance at this time
  • Willie Carter – No official stance at this time
  • Lincoln Chafee – No official stance at this time
  • Hillary Clinton – No official stance at this time but has a history of supporting an increased based on recent votes and comments at public demonstrations such as a Fight for $15 rally.
  • Lloyd Kelso – Advocates $12.50 by 2017
  • Martin O’Malley – Advocates $17/hr over next several years
  • Bernie Sanders – Advocates $17/hr over next several years
  • Doug Shreffler – No official stance at this time
  • Michael Steinberg – No official stance at this time
  • Jim Webb – No official stance at this time
  • Robby Wells – No official stance at this time
  • Willie Wilson – Supports increasing minimum wage but no details
  • Brad Winslow – No official stance at this time

Republican Party

  • Skip Andrews – No official stance at this time
  • Michael Bickelmeyer – No official stance at this time
  • Kerry Bowers – No official stance at this time
  • Jeb Bush – Advocates eliminating minimum wage laws
  • Dr. Ben Carson – Supports an increase in minimum wage but not to be determined by the federal government. Advocates that the states should determine their own minimum wage laws.
  • Dale Christensen – No official stance at this time
  • Chris Christie – Has spoken against increasing minimum wage and has made comments that he is “tired of hearing/talking” about minimum wage.
  • Ted Cruz – Against any increase in minimum wage
  • Brooks Cullison – No official stance at this time
  • John Dummett, Jr. – No official stance at this time
  • Mark Everson – No official stance at this time
  • Jack Fellure – No official stance at this time
  • Carly Fiorina – Against increasing minimum wage as it would increase unemployment
  • Lindsey Graham – Against increasing minimum wage
  • Jim Hayden – No official stance at this time
  • Chris Hill – Advocates a “living wage” based on age and average cost of living in the area of residence
  • Mike Huckabee – Admits current minimum wage is a “poverty wage” but is against increasing it
  • Bobby Jindal – Against any increase at this time as the economy is not strong enough to handle an increase
  • Michael Kinlaw – Advocates a $1.00 increase now then increases of $0.50 every 2-3 years
  • K. Ross Newland – No official stance at this time
  • George Pataki – Against any increase in minimum wage
  • Rand Paul – Against an increase on the grounds that it would hurt young people and minorities
  • Rick Perry – Against any increase and would prefer to eliminate minimum wage laws
  • Michael Petyo – Against increasing minimum wage, adamant that there is a better way but is not specific on what is a better way
  • Marco Rubio – Supports increasing the minimum wage, but has made comments that the minimum wage laws don’t work
  • Brian Russell – Against increasing minimum wage as would result in job loss
  • Rick Santorum – Supports an increase in minimum wage but to a value less than $10.10
  • Jefferson Sherman – No official stance at this time
  • Shawna Sterling – No official stance at this time
  • Donald Trump – Advocates two separate minimum wage laws, one for young workers and a second higher wage for older workers, as long as it doesn’t create business disincentives
  • Scott Walker – Feels the minimum wage laws don’t “serve a purpose”

With as many Presidential hopefuls as we currently have, is seems support is all over the place. Of course there are many other issues on the table that would need looked at in order to determine which candidate you would like to support, but there should be one for everybody with this lineup. But please try to look at all the candidates, not just Republican or Democrat. There may be one on the other side that may surprise you.

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