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You're famous! (Well sort of anyway. You've been linked to at reddit. Someone chose to complain there, but not here for some reason, that you didn't provide an alternative to the minimum wage to help poor people.

I don't know enough about Canada to comment, but in the US economists routinely prefer the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The URL is a link to "Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers" of the U.S.

About 1.5% of US workers work at or below the Federal minimum wage.

The big question in raising the minimum wage is its potential effects on unemployment, especially among minorities.

The August jobless rate for America's black teens (ages 16 to 19 years) compared with the over-all jobless rate for U.S. teenagers of 16.5 percent. Black teenagers are out of a job at more than twice the national rate for their age group.

Of course, this is nothing compared to the 50% unemployment rate for youth of African descent in France.

happyjuggler0: Wow - I just check my stats, and there's been an avalanche of hits from reddit.

For those of you who asked, the alternatives I would want to explore include:

- increasing the Child Tax Credit and/or the GST rebate
- an earned income tax credit (Quebec already has one)
- a Guaranteed Annual Income (my personal favourite)

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