Raising Minimum Wage Laws

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In the United States of America, every state has its own minimum wage law. The federal minimum wage law for every state is $7.25 an hour. From time to time, states will reevaluate their minimum wage. Some states may go higher and other will remain constant. Many hard working people are unable to survive at their states minimum wage. For several reasons the minimum wage for all states should be raised. The minimum wage law exists to protect Americans against unfair pay rates. If the rate they receive cant even put food on a family 's table, then the wage may need to be raised. Abby Sewell quotes Ms. Flores "employee who earns $9 an hour and spoke at the Monterey Park forum. Flores said it 's not enough to keep her family afloat. I 'm a single …show more content…
As the people of America start to spend more money, than the demand for certain commodities rises which will result in prices being raised. As Jessica Vega Pederson and Jennifer Williamson say that “raising our minimum wage isn 't just a policy debate — it 's about economic survival and putting food on the table for their families.” (Pederson and Williamson). When prices are raised and people don 't have enough money to put food on the table for their family then it is time to increase the minimum wage and let those families not starve. It’s common sense that when prices rise, people who are working minimum wage jobs will also need more money to afford what they need as all those prices rise. The only way to protect these citizens is to raise the minimum wage so they can in turn keep up with the growing price rates. As demand goes up, so will the prices. As long as the minimum wage rises with the economy, Americans will be able to continue to provide themselves with life’s necessities. An example of this would be increased gas prices. As gas prices go up, people need more money to purchase the gas. If minimum wage workers can 't afford their gas to even get to work on time, they will be in jeopardy of losing their jobs due to rising prices with rising demand along with the improvement of our economy. When the economy grows stronger people earning minimum wage need increased …show more content…
Josh Getlin says that "People working full time at the minimum wage gross $10,712 annually. And many of these employees -- like clerks, gas station attendants, security guards and dishwashers -- live below the poverty line, according to federal statistics. An estimated 10 million to 12 million people nationwide earn this wage". (Getlin). If millions of people earn this wage then millions can’t afford basic health insurance for themselves and won’t be able to survive. By raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, then you will be receiving close to $5000 more a year then you would be with $7.25 per hour which is the federal minimum wage. If a minimum wage worker lives in a city then they would need to pay for rent. But as the economy grows so does the rent. If you are making the minimum wage, and live in a place that the economy is doing good then you are likely to not be able to pay for rent. Pamela M. Prah quoted Paul Sonn saying "The cost of living is so high in some cities that the new minimum wage isn 't enough to live on, resulting in city campaigns, said Paul Sonn". By increasing the minimum wage, you wouldn 't need to hold city campaigns because all the minimum wage workers should have enough money to support their families and live where they want

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