The Minimum Wage Is Not A Living Wage Essay

1192 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States, the minimum wage has been a controversial issue and one of the major debates among politics over the years. Leaders in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have discussed some possible advantages to raising the minimum wage along with the possible disadvantages to raising the minimum wage. Members on one side of the debate believe raising the minimum wage could hurt America’s lowest income workers and small businesses, while people on the other side believe the current minimum wage is not a living wage – therefore needs to be raised. In this informational report, my goal is to provide objective information for both sides of the debate. As John Stuart Mill once said, “The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this” (Mill 12). With this being said, I will give a short description and history of the United States’ minimum wage policies. In addition, I will discuss the current status of the minimum wage and present the arguments for and against raising the minimum wage.
The Minimum Wage and its History
According to The Minimum Wage: Opposing Viewpoints, the minimum wage is defined as “the lowest hourly wage for work allowed by government” (Berlatsky 14). The United States of America…

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