Article Summary: The Case For Raising The Minimum Wage

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The Minimum Wage
Cooper, D. (2013, May 10). The Case for Raising the Minimum Wage.
The author started his article by stating that the minimum wage was first performed in 1938 to ensure that the lowest paid workers still receive sufficient level of pay. At its peak in 1968, the minimum wage was close to $10 an hour in today's dollars. However, we left the lowest paid workers behind by lowering the minimum wage today to $7.25, which is not enough to live on. Full time minimum wage workers earn about $15,000 a year, however, in 1968, they earned $20,000 in today's dollar. Even that wasn’t enough for a family of three to stay above the poverty line. Many workers rely on public assistance such as food stamps, Medicaid or the income tax credit simply because they are paid too low. Minimum wages must be raised, there are 19 states that already have minimum wages higher than the Federal minimum, and 73 percent of Americans supported the raising of the minimum wage. It is time for congress to work on
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Gradually, the minimum wage raised from $5.15/ hr to $7.25/ hr. In February 2013, president Obama called on congress to again raise the federal minimum wages to $9 per hour, in order to help the full time workers to get out of poverty and to rise the income of millions of working families. In March 2013, the full House voted on minimum wage (H.R.1010) amendment to consolidate 35 Federal programs for job training to be administered by the state instead of the federal government. Unfortunately, the amendment failed by a vote of 184 to 233. Although it is very hard to pass a bill through the congress, 200 organizations promised to support raising the minimum wage and help in passing the bill. This article is quiet organized with dates and simple in understanding its information, and described the congress act toward the minimum

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