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If the plan is to increase min wage by 24% to make it a living wage, then shouldn't we increase unemployment benefits by the same percentage?

My state caps it at $390 a week. In order for unemployment to keep pace, the cap would have to be increased to $484 a week.

On a related note, with unemployment still very high, and the government promising to keeping QE# until unemployment is at 6.5% or lower, would it not make more sense to simply provide some tax holidays to people or even tax rebates - that they could then spend in the economy and at businesses, instead of forcing some businesses to stomach a double digit increase in the cost of their human resources?

Wage inflation will take care of itself as unemployment drops. I have a bad feeling that such an increase now will simply lead to more businesses cutting FT employees and benefits to reduce their overall employee cost.
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