Minimum Wage Should Be Legal Essay

1024 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
“I don’t think a country as great as ours should pay people so little that they need help from the state just to survive.”(Perez) A raise in the minimum wage can be seen as a moral obligation in a country such as ours, that is supposedly, the greatest and most advanced country in the world. But if we can’t make it possible for all who work hard for forty plus hours a week to live out of poverty, what are we really? Raising the minimum wage is an obligation that must be pushed by the government, and be carried out by all companies and businesses, thus assuring that their employees can live a life without making wrenching decisions like which necessities to go without. An increase in the federal minimum wage could bring many working mothers and families out of poverty. Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has been stagnant at $7.25 an hour, while the cost of living has continued to rise. “A Gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, a month’s rent, a pair of children’s shoes- of course, they all cost more than they did in 2009.”(Perez). Raising the minimum wage to a more livable standard will give working american’s enough to money to buy these essentials for themselves and their families, instead of forcing them to choose between them. Some necessities don’t cost money, but time, which is just as valuable and hard to come by for families living in or near poverty. Perez talked with a woman who was trying to raise four children on $7.25 an hour, and she said “when you work a…

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