Essay about Minimum Wage Should Not Be Increased

1766 Words Dec 5th, 2016 8 Pages
Minimum wage is the lowest amount of money that a person can be paid. All the states and the cities can have their own minimum wages, but those wages have to be either more or equal to the federal minimum wage. In 2016, the federal minimum wage is $7.25. However, recently there has been calls for the federal minimum wage to be increased to $15. In particular, Bernie Sanders, candidate for 2016 presidential election, made the $15 minimum wage part of his campaign (Tokars). The aspect of making $15 an hour is quite appealing, but when the proposal is evaluated it presents some serious problems. In light of these problems, the federal minimum wage should not be increased to $15.
One of the chief issues with a $15 minimum wage is its effects on the inexperienced workers. In the event of the increase of minimum wage to $15, many employers be unwilling to pay high wages to workers with no skills or no work experience such as students and teenagers. Over half of the workers that earn minimum wages are 24 year-olds or younger. Moreover, two-thirds of those who make minimum wage get a raise within a year of starting their jobs as their experience increases and they learn important marketable skills (Lovell). However, none of this would be possible if people do not get their first jobs and with the increase in the minimum wage the employers will be reluctant to hire workers who lack higher education, skills and, in the case of immigrant inexperienced workers, English speaking…

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