Minimum Rage Essay

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It 's All The Rage: Can They Subsist on Minimum Wage?

There is a struggling young family that lives in St. Johns, Arizona. He works for minimum wage in construction; she stays home with the children. In August of 2015 they brought home triplets raising the number of little girls to four, all under the age of three. Their expenses just quadrupled. The sheer number of diaper changes is devastating. Now consider the cost. Eight diaper changes a day times three, for the triplets, plus another five for the toddler who is not yet potty trained. The total is twenty-nine diapers per day. The cost per month is $503.70 in diapers alone. The father works in construction for minimum wage. He hoped for an increase in minimum wage to be passed in the
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Could this be true? Actually, this increases poverty because of a temporary increase in spending power. The low income housing pool does not change when minimum wage increases; people only think they have more money. When land lords see an increase in minimum wage they raise the price of rent. People rent a place then end up not being able to afford it in the long run. At www.apartmenthomeliving.com/st-johns-az they advertize a two bedroom apartment for $925 per month in St. Johns, Arizona. The family with triplets is living in a two bedroom apartment that is too small for their family. A boost in minimum wage would cause a rise in housing cost and with the growing family they would need a bigger house. He could not afford it even if they stay in the apartment they are in …show more content…
How would this work? An increase minimum wage will have a snowball effect. As wages increase so does the cost of everything. When an increase in minimum wage goes into effect, the people that have degrees and good paying jobs do not get a raise. So you can see(,) an increase in minimum wage, though a wage increase, is not an increase in the standard of living for anyone let alone the people living just above poverty. This being true, not everyone will be able to afford basic necessities making a larger percent of the population low income. The family, from St. Johns, with triplets rely on their neighbor to give them meat from their cattle, and eggs from their chickens each season. With the cost of things going up the cost of diapers would swell too, creating an even bigger financial discrepancy for this family. creating a

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