In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour (up from $7.25). Republicans immediately began insisting it would hurt small businesses and derail economic improvement. But some people have had the opposite reaction: $9 an hour is not enough.

Many university organizations and anti-poverty groups argue that until we increase the minimum wage to a living wage, workers will still live well below the poverty line. What constitutes a “living wage” - i.e., the hourly salary necessary to pay for food, bills, housing, transportation, healthcare and other necessities without outside assistance - varies from place to place. MIT created a calculator where you can determine the living wage on your area. In Los Angeles, the living wage for a single adult would be $11.37 per hour; for a family of four, both parents should be earning $22.95 per hour. In Hot Springs, Arkansas, a single adult should earn $7.53 an hour, and parents of a family of four should each earn $17.68 an hour.

Last week, we asked you what you thought about increasing the minimum wage. But now we want to know if you think that’s good enough.

Is $9 an hour too low for the minimum wage?

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  7. tofusion answered: Yes. It’s been $8 here in MA for a while. And that’s still way low. Some states just cost more to live in.
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  9. geekpsyche answered: Yes. Note that I also live in Los Angeles.
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  11. quixylvre answered: FAR too low
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    it says my mom should make about $20.70/hr or about $43,000 a yr. she makes $13,000/yr
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  15. destroydesolation answered: It’s not enough. After paying all my bills I’m left with 50 or 60 dollars for food and gas. That’s not counting if I’m sick or need something
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  17. iridescentskylines answered: ILL TAKE ANYTHING SO LONG AS ITS HIGHER THAN $7.25
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  23. femme-b0t answered: My mother barely makes enough to keep our bills from being shut off notices at $15/hour.
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  26. r201top answered: Yes! At least $15.00 an hour to live.