The Debate Over The Minimum Wage Essay

1772 Words May 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
In 2014, “legislation in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and D.C. enacted laws to increase the minimum above $7.25 per hour”. “The Rhode Island legislature enacted an increase, taking the state minimum wage to $9.60 effective January 1, 2016. D.C. and Maryland decided to increase their wages to $10 per hour”. (Rose, 2016)
“Colorado provided an 8-cent increase and South Dakota granted a 5-cent increase per hour. New York will gradually increase their wages to $15 per hour by the end of 2018; on April 4, California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 3, which will increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2022”. (Rose, 2016)
There are several arguments relating to increasing the minimum wage. Ms. Sarah Shemkus from www.salary.com shares her views regarding the pros and cons to increasing the minimum wage. She asks the question; “Will increasing the minimum wage hurt or help employees and businesses”? (Shemkus, 2016) When the minimum wage status was created, it was developed as an opportunity for teenagers to be compensated for their services. Minimum wage was a short-term salary for young people to prepare themselves for their future employment endeavors. According to statistics, “in 2011; 3.8 million American workers, most of whom were out of their teens earned the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour or less, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics”.…

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