A controversial topic often debated between liberals and conservatives is the minimum wage issue. While many liberals advocate for raising it, a number of conservatives are persistent on keeping the rate constant; however, studies show that raising minimum wage would not alleviate this country’s poverty issue and would, in fact, increase the unemployment. For these reasons, the minimum wage should not be raised.
The federal minimum wage has been increased twenty-two times since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the bill into law in 1938. President Roosevelt was an avid supporter of a federal minimum wage as he says that “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” Raising the federal minimum wage has many pros and cons, but is a necessity to thrive in society. People have argued that raising the minimum wage will cause inflation, but it will create various economical benefits, income benefits, production benefits, and improve racial justice.
The federal minimum wage should be increased because raising it would increase the economic activity and spur job growth, decrease poverty, and also improvements in productivity and economic growth have outpaced increases in the minimum wage. Increases in job growth and economic activity will happen when the minimum wage is elevated. If the minimum wage was increased it will “inject 22.1 billion net into the economy and create about 85,000 new jobs over a three year period”. (“Raising the Federal minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Lift Wages for Millions and Provide a Modest Economic Boost") Thousands of new jobs will be created and it will put billions of dollars into the economy.
There are a lot of potential benefits for an increase in minimum wage and on the surface it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t want to increase the wage. One of the clearest to see is that an increase to the minimum wage will also increase the spending for each household during the following years. So it works to help stimulate the economy in whatever area you increase the minimum wage. Along those same lines increasing the minimum wage will lead to a decrease in poverty as well. With the decrease in poverty you will also see a decrease in government spending on welfare items because the individuals receiving the higher wage in theory will be able to pay for these services/welfare items without assistance. Another potential benefit of an increased
When people think about raising the minimum wage most of them are excited because their check would have more cash, but, they don’t think about the bad effects that it will cause other employes. Minimum wage is the lowest daily or monthly remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers. In California raising the minimum wage has become a big argument between those who think raising would have more cons and those who think they have more pros. Despite the fact that people think raising up the minimum wage will help many people get out of poverty. I do not support raising the minimum wage, and the reason is as followed.
What if the national minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour? There are many occupations right now that are paying $15 an hour or less and have a lot more hours and stress involved. So why should a minimum labor and minimum stress job have a salary at $15 an hour? The answer is it shouldn’t minimum skill should equal minimum wage. If someone wants to make more money they should alter careers to a more difficult job that will pay more money. The concept that the National minimum wage needs to be elevated to $15 an hour hasn’t been completely considered because it would cause inflation for the economy; therefore, the lower class would still be functioning in poverty.
Since the Great Depression, there has been a minimum wage in America, but this minimum wage has changed 22 times since the Great Deprnbession. Many people say minimum wage should stay at $7.25 like it has been since 2009. Meanwhile, other people believe that minimum wage should be $15.00 so they can have more money to live comfortably. People think that a higher minimum wage will help, but it will hurt more people than it will help. If America makes the minimum wage $9.00, people will no longer be in poverty and it will make the economy balance out.
Fighting Poverty Poverty has caused depression, starvation, and disease. Would raising minimum wages help eliminate this cause of American deaths? Minimum wage is the least amount of money someone can receive for their labor. Facts from research show that it is possible to decrease the amount of people in poverty by raising minimum wage, however, raising minimum wage without raising inflation would hurt businesses because they would be losing money. Instead of raising the amount workers get paid, the government could limit to how much the wealthy man can earn.
The American Action Forum believes that raising the minimum wage can do more harm than good and hurt the people it’s supposed to help. Job loss in the millions would happen if the wage was raised from $7.25 to $15. People in poverty before the increase would have trouble finding jobs because companies would have to have less positions to counter the wage raise. Komlos, John. " Column: Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good Economics."
raise the price of minimum wage? Will the economy prosper by providing lower skilled workmen with higher paying jobs? Many Americans are all for raising the wage whenever they think it is needed. However, raising the wage has many negative impacts and has created a weaker economy. Continuing to raise minimum wage has caused people to become complacent and give up on their dreams. The Federal Government has made laws regarding minimum wage that were illegal and violated citizens rights. The government's interference with capitalism has made for a weaker economy, and it could be fixed by ceasing the increase in minimum wage.
Raising the minimum wage has been one of the biggest debates during the 21st century. One side of the spectrum argues that raising it will make it so they have a living wage, while the other argues that raising it will hurt the economy. Whichever the case is, people are clearly divided on this issue. Before Oregon passed the 15 dollar minimum wage law, people wrote arguments to try to either prevent or pass this law. The article, “How a $15 minimum wage would affect a real business: Guest opinion” by Lee Spector argues that raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses like the one he earns. “People don’t go to college to earn a $9.10 minimum wage: Guest opinion” by Justin Norton-Kertson is an article that argues against Lee Spector’s article. Although both
Imagine you are alone to raise a child all by yourself. You are in debt you have to pick up a job but finding a job is hard. So you go to the first job your see a fast food worker. Of course this barely helps since you only get paid $7.25 per hour. You need more money; you need a living wage. This problem plagues people everywhere. there is a huge difference between living wage and minimum wage. The question is not should we raise minimum wages t’s when we will raise minimum wage. But some people believe that the minimum wage is fine. Obviously these people have probably never relied on $7.25.It is extremely important to raise minimum wage soon one reason is because while it might take out of the economy for awhile it will also get back in two it will raise people out poverty three $7.25 is no where near a living wage.
Minimum wage and poverty With everything going on with the Walmart workers picketing for fifteen dollars an hour wages, the topic is widely discussed with many people taking many different sides. The essay “Raising the Minimum wage will reduce poverty” By Sharon Parrott and Jason Furman, They go into how they think the minimum wage should be raised in order to decrease poverty in america, Of course there are reasons to raise it and reasons to not raise it. Yet with the multitude of reasons for and against it, it’s hard to make a decision that makes everybody content, Some of the reasons not to raise it include, Raising it can make prices for everyday items go up, Why go and spend thousands of dollars on college when you could get a decent job right out of high school, and Why let workers who work at unskilled jobs make as much if not more than the military. Some reasons for minimum wage raising is, The fact that the cost of living is higher means people can’t survive with minimum wage without federal care, And just helping people get back on their feet when they couldn’t find a job. The reasons Minimum wage shouldn’t be raised outweigh the reasons it should.
The people who make minimum wage very clearly express their theory that higher pay will benefit them and show many valid points on why it should be increased. Minimum wage workers work hard and "[s]ince the 1970s, productivity has risen dramatically... [y]et middle- and low-wage workers ' incomes have barely changed" (Dorn). These circumstances make it hard for low wage workers to stay above the poverty line when the average low wage worker makes only $15,000 annually (Dorn). Before inflation, the minimum wage was surprisingly much higher, "in 1968, the minimum wage was close to $10 per hour in today 's dollars" (Dorn).
In the past three years, many politicians and labor unions have been pushing for an increase in minimum wage. Minimum wage is the lowest set wage by a law of a government body. An increase in minimum will benefit some people, and hurt others. An increase in minimum wage will cause benefit in the short run but will be very damaging to the economy in the long run. There should not be an increase in minimum wage because it is unhealthy to the economy in the long run and it will be the major cause of job loss, increase in inflation, competition, and the price level of goods and services.