The Benefits Of Raising The Minimum Wage

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“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 …show more content…
Raising the minimum wage can help reduce the need for government welfare for these families. “ A recent study from the Center for American Progress concluded that the [Tom] Harkin-[George] Miller legislation [minimum wage hike] becomes law, it would earn as many as 3.8 million fewer people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), thus reducing spending by nearly $4.6 billion a year” (Perez). Raising the minimum wage would help pay for the needs of employees, without them needing to be supported by the state. This helps put money back into the economy to strengthen everyone, and allow federal spending to go to better causes. When his company faced potential economic trouble, Henry Ford doubled the wages of his assembly line workers, saying, “If we can distribute high wages, then that money is going to be spent and it will serve to make storekeepers and distributors and manufacturers and workers in other lines more prosperous and their prosperity will be reflected in our sales. Countrywide high wages spell countywide prosperity” (qotd. Perez). Ford understood the flow of money in the united states, and how raising his workers wages would not only come to benefit his own company, but many others as well. Thinkers like Henry Ford show the positive impact we can …show more content…
“Moreover, when the government forces up the costs of doing business, affected businesses must either scale back their operations or pass along the costs to their customers. This means, among other things, that wage controls force people (including the poor) to pay more for the food, clothes, medications, and other goods and services they consume”(Armstrong). In order for businesses and companies to satisfy their profit goals, they may need to compensate for the extra money they are spending on employees by increasing the price of the good or services they are selling. However, “... a recent study by the Food Chain Workers Alliance and its partners debunks that myth. It concludes that American households, between eating in and eating out, will spend all of 10 cents more a day on food- just 10 cents- if the Miller-Harkin Legislation becomes law” (Perez). Since it was found that the increase in food purchasing after the hypothetical wage hike was so insubstantial, the raise of price of other products and services is likely to be just as slight. While the plan to raise the current minimum wage will have some initial flaws, the overall benefits of social and economic growth for our Country will far outweigh any

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