CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval opposes any increase in the state’s minimum wage because it would mean a loss of jobs.
Currently the minimum wage in Nevada is a mere $7.25 per hour if the employee receives health insurance. Employees without health insurance receive a whopping $8.25 per hour.
Gov. Sandoval pays some of his part time staffers more than $30,000 annually which equals approximately $30 per hour if the part-time employees work 20 hours per week yet he thinks that a paltry sub-standard wage is acceptable.
For those with health insurance a minimum wage worker earns $15,000 which barely exceeds the 2014 poverty level for a single person of $11,670.
President Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and Sandoval opposes that as well.
In a state where a large of percentage of major employers are involved in the lucrative gaming industry his reason is certainly flawed and more distressingly it encourages businesses to continue to pay sub-standard wages.
Perhaps the Governor needs a dose of what it is like to live in the real word.
A person that lives alone and earns the minimum wage of $7.25 with a company that provides health insurance would take home approximately $445 every two weeks. That figure only factors in the deduction for health insurance of $45 per pay period and does not include any extras. That means that a single minimum wage earner living in Nevada earns less than $900 per month in take home pay.
Even if they lived modestly after paying a monthly rent of $550, that individual would have $350 left for the entire month according to figures from Paycheck City.
The individual after paying for basic utilities and the bare minimum of food would barely have any money leftover, and would live a very difficult lifestyle yet the Governor think this is OK?
In a town where cash is king Sandoval should be ashamed of himself.