Minimum Wage Should Be Increased? Essay

770 Words Dec 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Millions of people and families would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage. Today the federal minimum wage is currently at $7.25, but should be at nearly $10, or better yet even higher. But the last time Congress voted to raise the wage to its current rate of $7.25 an hour was seven years ago. Since then, the cost of life 's essentials have shot up. Groceries cost 20% more, a gallon of gas costs 25%more, and average tuition at a community college increased 44%. But the minimum wage remains at $7.25. If it had kept up with inflation since 1968, it would be almost $10.70 today. (Jack Quinn) The minimum wage should be increased so that people can survive. With the cost of living going up, so should wages. (Jack Quinn) The cost of living has gone up tremendously and I can’t imagine how an individual or especially a person supporting their family can survive on a minimum wage budget. “The minimum wage is something Franklin D. Roosevelt put in place during the great depression. I don’t think it worked then, it didn’t solve any problems then and it hasn’t solved any problems in 50 years.”-John Raese
A person working at minimum wage would have no choice but to rely on government assistance such as food stamps or welfare to get by and make ends meet in life. Their income alone would not be enough for all the necessary things we need to survive, such as food, utilities, healthcare and the whole nine yards. Increasing the minimum wage could cut back on taxpayers billions of…

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