Minimum Wage As A Wage Essay

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“Merriam-Webster defines minimum wage as “a wage fixed by legal authority” or by contract the least that may be paid either to employed people generally or to a particular category of employed persons” (Richason IV 1).
Recently, President Barack Obama raised the minimum wage for all federal contractors to $10.10 per hour and called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all employed people; advocates in states as diverse as Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Dakota have lobbied for an increase to state wage rates; and surrogates for fast-food and retail workers have staged strikes to demand as much as $15 per hour. These calls pose a serious threat to America’s small businesses and to the very individuals the minimum wage is aimed to help (Sullivan 1-2).
Striving for a more productive and better life should require making more than minimum wage. A college degree deserves a higher starting wage than a job flipping burgers. Minimum wage has been an ongoing debate ever since it was first established by Congress under Franklin D. Roosevelt. “The federal government has imposed a minimum wage since 1938, and nearly all the states impose their own minimum wages” (Wilson 1). The last time minimum wage was raised was on July 24, 2009 from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour. There have been many hints at wanting to raise the minimum wage to a more livable rate. It has been a hot topic for the past few years and is usually at the top of many political debates,…

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