Living Wage


Mean “Average” Monthly Costs for a Family in a Given Area Earner Spouse Child TOTAL
Food (dine in/dine out) 200 100 100 400
Clothing 30 30 30 90
Housing (mortgage/rent, maintenance) 900 900
Utilities (Electric, Water, Sewer, Garbage) 150 30 30 210
Transportation (vehicle payment, maintenance, insurance, gas) 300 15 15 330
Health (cost of care/insurance, out of pocket) 300 100 100 500
Vacation (Paid days off/15 work days per year) 150 150
Retirement (savings for beyond age 60) 340 340
TOTAL 2920
Tax (Federal and State) 3358
Per Hour 19.3

While the numbers above are representative of the current (2011) costs of living in many urban areas, a Living Wage is a framework and not a set dollar amount.

A Living Wage is just that. A wage which allows the individual to live, lawfully, within a given area while caring for their self, their spouse, their family. Irrespective of the status of an individual (single, married, children) a living wage remains the same for all. This allows the young to save for their future, the middle aged to care for their elders, and those with families to care those in their household.

Irrespective of the task at hand, a Living Wage is the base wage. Merit based pay and profits come after this wage has been met.

This Living Wage must be coupled with an underemployment tax and employment vouchers. The revenues from this tax will be put in employment efforts such as rebates, incentives, infrastructure, maintenance, roads, schools, etc, as deemed necessary and/or voted on.

Implementing a Living Wage without implementing the underemployment tax will in fact raise wages to the current costs of living and ensure the costs of living increase.

check out the Underemployment Tax


About SoundEndurance

I am a follower of The Way, holding to the doctrine of Jesus Christ the first born from among the dead, who lives and reigns forever more. Scripture is the basis of my beliefs which testify of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and confirmed in me by His Holy Spirit. The gift of eternal life is inclusive. Jesus shed his blood for all, He has purchased for each of us a resurrection from the dead unto judgment. His shed blood is our justice which satisfies our holy Creator blotting out our sins, making it possible for us to approach a holy, righteous God. In our approach to Him, we repent of our sin, we yield ourselves to His will, wanting to take on His very divine nature, desiring to be made new in His image and likeness thereby doing away with sin. It is through this faith in Him that we become children of God having received His Holy Spirit which does his commandments thereby entering eternal life and escaping the damnation of hell, the lake of fire to come. May we be blessed in the knowledge of Him. Kenneth S. Muratore Jr


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