Senate candidates wary of raising wage, school reform

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 9:20 AM
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- All seven Republican candidates said Saturday night they would reject an increase in the minimum wage and that Congress should act to stop the use of the multistate Common Core education standards.

Paul Broun would go even further and disband the U.S. Department of Education.

The question came up during the third of the debate series organized by the Georgia Republican Party around the state. This was held at Brenau University.

The Common Core is a set of education objectives originally devised by the Republican Governors Association when Sonny Perdue was governor. But Saturday night, his cousin David Perdue who was on stage joined in condemning it by invoking his father who was a local superintendent.

“If my dad were alive, he would say kill it tonight,” David Perdue said.

Perdue received some criticism following a Feb. 16 interview in the Marietta Daily Journal where he said he liked the concept of Common Core but not the way it’s been implemented with what he called federal intrusion.

The only real surprise of the night came when the audience noticed only seven lecterns, meaning one of the declared candidates would be excluded. The mystery was solved with an announcement that Augusta businessman Eugene Yu had dropped out of the Senate primary to run instead for the 12th district and the chance to challenge Democrat John Barrow. Yu will have to get past John Stone and Rick Allen, who have both run in the district before and have been campaigning nearly a year each. Also, state Rep. Delvis Dutton of Glennville who joined the race Feb. 5.

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fatboyhog 02/23/14 - 12:42 pm
Paul Broun

has my vote if he'll disband the US Dept. of Education! Too much overreach into local schools, and that overreach is choking the educator's ability to actually TEACH!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/24/14 - 12:29 am
Minimum Wage

There is no good reason to raise the federal minimum wage. If California or Oregon wants to raise the minimum wage in their states, then let them have at it.

Wages should be set by the free market, not by governments.

Bodhisattva 02/24/14 - 06:12 am
Free market?

That means workers should be allowed to organize without interference, intimidation, or lies by their employer. All "Right to Work Laws" ( the very definition of misnomer) should be declared illegal. No employer should be given the right to terminate an employee for no reason. As it stands now, the only ones who are "free" are the employers, who would pay third world wages if we didn't have a minimum wage. We seen "trickle down economics" at play since Reagan, as well as record profits, and record stock prices. We've also seen skyrocketing productivity. What we haven't seen for over three decades is wages for the average workers increase. We have seen record CEO pay and bonuses, even if the company is going in the toilet. Those at the very top serve on each others boards and are their own little club. They vote themselves perks and salaries that are downright obscene while people who have dedicated their lives to their companies have worked harder and harder only to fall a little more behind each year. The minimum wage has always been a base. As it hasn't kept up with productivity and inflation, those who were paid above it haven't seen their pay increase either. The greed at the top brought on by the Reagan years kicked in and has stayed.
"From 1978 to 2011, CEO compensation increased more than 725 percent, a rise substantially greater than stock market growth and the painfully slow 5.7 percent growth in worker compensation over the same period."

jimmymac 02/24/14 - 07:35 am

Wages will be set by demand. When I lived in a booming area of Ohio the minimum wages paid by employers had little to do with their actual pay. Fast food workers were making upwards of $10 an hour due to supply and demand issues. Employers will pay what they have to when they need help and that's how it should work. It's none of the governments business to get involved with the market place. If workers want to work they can accept the job based on the prevailing wage and if they don't like it don't take the job. Improve your skill set and it will allow you to get a better paying job. It's really very simple. If you don't bring much to the table don't expect high wages.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/24/14 - 10:58 am

Merely increasing wages by government fiat and not by market forces is the visible result of stimulus packages. It begins a spiral of higher wages, higher prices, higer wages, higher prices.

Inflation is not a pretty thing.

Let's leave the federal minimum wage where it is.

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