Raise the minimum wage? The PRPC says it isn't a simple fix
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:17:57 GMT —
Hundreds of fast food workers across the country are protesting to increase the minimum wage.
Fast food workers in the panhandle made an average of $8.55 an hour in 2012, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Also on the list of low wage are childcare workers. They made an average of $8.81 an hour.
"To be paid what they are paid and still have to keep up with all these hours and all these new requirements that the state places on them, that's rough," said Lori Porter, director at Discovery School.
Paying workers more money may look like a simple answer, but it's complicated, according to the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission.
"People get paid what the market will bear," said Pam Zenick, PRPC.
This is a cyclical process, according to Zenick. Paying workers more will eventually affect the consumers.
"If the customer doesn't pay enough, the employer doesn't have enough to pass on. If the consumer is asked to pay more, that customer has a choice. Am I going to pay more or not?" Zenick said.
Porter said the Discovery School would struggle if the minimum wage was raised.
"We simply cannot afford it. Our parents simply cannot afford any higher tuition than what they're paying now," Porter said.