• Matthew Diemer

Where Does Minimum Wage Live?

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There’s been a lot of talk in D.C., and across the country, about minimum wage. Some people think it should be higher, and some people think it should be lower. But what most people fail to consider is that a “liveable” wage is very different in different places.

Minimum wage should be simple, it should be as much as a person needs to be able to live in a particular place. Federal minimum wage, and even State minimum wage is too general in scope to best serve those who rely on being able to survive on minimum wage.

It should also be noted that even though we call it the “minimum wage,” most people definitely do not put in the minimum of effort. They put in more effort so that their value can exceed their position. Everyone’s trying to create value for themselves and others, right? So I’d like to help them build value by building up trade schools.

The value of trades is staggering-- some graduates earn over $100,000 a year. And since trade schools tend to be so much more affordable than universities, they make it so much more plausible to get from $10/hour to 100K a year.

Let’s make trades sexy again.

Let’s stop so much reliance on university systems that over-promise and under-deliver.Let’s help people create value with good work. What we need is for the minimum wage to be enough to allow people to live, and if they so choose, to increase their own access to opportunities. We can even help people begin small businesses by awarding grants to graduates of trade schools, people we know have the skills to get the job done.

But having specific skills just isn’t enough to start a successful business.

You need capital, and you need leadership.

I want to make access to those two things much easier for Northeast Ohioans to access.

Trade schools can start offering classes on all of the fundamentals of running a business, and as I said before, access to capital should be available to anyone who graduates trade school, because they will have the skills to improve their own value, and the value of their community.

It would mean so much to me if you made a donation to help me to help Northeast Ohioans get access to opportunities that I believe they deserve.