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Mission Sustainable Challenge Archives
Engage in the spirituality of sustainability. Sign up now and participate in a daily action and reflection challenge throughout the month of October. Read, act, and contemplate on your own, or attend events and reflect with friends and other campus community members.Click on the red text to see each day's full description.
Mission Sustainable Challenge
Day 9: Living on the Minimum Wage
"Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due." Romans 4:4
Limiting yourself to the recently legislated new Minimum Wage of $10.00 per hour (effective 2016 in CA pending Gov. Brown's signature as of this writing), create a hypothetical monthly budget for yourself or for your family. Your budget should include the following (if applicable):
No matter which tax bracket you're in, you have a stake in the issues at hand in the concept of a Minimum Wage. Please consider the following questions for reflection:
1. How did you feel about limiting yourself to a budget of $10/hr? Was it surprising? Did it make you feel anxious? Would your lifestyle need to change? If so, do you think the change would be an easy or difficult transition for you?
2. A living wage is the minimum income necessary to meet one's basic needs in a local economy. Do you think just being able to meet one's basic needs is really "living"? Why or why not?
3. Many minimum wage workers receive almost no benefits (e.g., no overtime pay, no retirement funds, limited health insurance, etc.). Is this fair? Do you think an increase in salary would redress the lack of benefits, or is this a completely separate problem?
Contributed by Bill Mains (Business School Undergraduate Business Programs)
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