Essay about Should We Invest Our People And Raise The Minimum Wage?

753 Words Jun 17th, 2015 4 Pages
In addition to investing in Education, we need to invest in our people and raise the minimum wage. “An increase in the minimum wage -- which hasn 't risen since 2009 -- is long overdue. If the minimum wage had just kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.77 an hour today instead of $7.25”(Owens & Trumka, 2013). No person working a full time job should feel the sting of poverty. Lately, people have been saying things against minimum wage workers, most specifically those that work at places like McDonalds and Wal Mart. Most people argue that these people that work these jobs should “just get better jobs,” this would be a great argument but when you actually think about it, its very flawed. If fast food workers and Wal Mart, retail workers “just got better jobs”, there wouldn’t be anyone to get you your double cheeseburger and small fry, now would there? According to an Economic Policy Institute report (Brody, 2014), 16.7 percent of restaurant workers live below the poverty line, more than double the percentage for those who don’t work in the industry. One myth about people that work fast food jobs is that they’re mostly teenagers and that’s far from the truth. According to the United States Department of Labor, 88 percent of those who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase are age 20 or older, and 55 percent are women. How can we lift our children out of poverty if the generations they come from are also in poverty?
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