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The Benefits Of Raising The Minimum Wage - Minimum wage is a difficult number to decide on because it affects different income earning citizens in different ways. According to Principles of Microeconomics, by N. Gregory Mankiw, minimum wage is a law that establishes the lowest price for labor that and employer may pay (Mankiw 6-1b). Currently, the minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour. For many years politicians and citizens have argued on what should be the minimum wage that would benefit the economy and society in general....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Raised - "Los Angeles lawmakers Tuesday voted to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, the largest city to try to help its lowest-paid workers survive amid the nation's growing income inequality." -- Michael Winter, USA TODAY May 19, 2015 Understanding the potential of an increase in today’s minimum wage is the key to understanding the above statement. As a financial mechanism in American society, the minimum wage has helped to sustain generations of workers. Yet, there are two sides to the debate over minimum wage increases....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Increased - "No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty." -- Jon Corzine Many people can think back and remember what it was like to put in an application for that first job and be presented with a position. Taking that position represents adulthood and is a very exciting time for a young person. All first jobs usually start with a minimum wage. Minimum wage is the minimum an employer has to pay an unskilled worker based on the regulations set forth by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that was originally established in 1938....   [tags: Federal Minimum Wage]
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The Minimum Wage Should Be Increased - Congress enacted the federal minimum wage in 1938, during the Great Depression. Congress had two goals; keeping workers away from poverty and boosting consumer spending for economic recovery. Today, there is a debate, whether we should increase the minimum wage again. Increasing the minimum wage is useful for several reasons. First, the current minimum wage has failed to keep up with inflation. Second, a higher income level reduces employee turnover and increases efficiency and ultimately, raising the minimum wage does not reduce employment....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Raised - "Plain and simple, Congress must act to meet the needs of our constituents. We can do that by strengthening families and increasing the minimum wage." -- Paul Tonko Poverty continues to grow in America. The average minimum wage in the United States is $7.35 an hour- far too low in today’s society. Key expenses, for example, gas and housing prices, have gone up significantly since the minimum wage was last changed in 2007 (Wagner 52). The laws creating the minimum wage were intended to improve the standard of living and decrease poverty....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage]
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Raised - The life of many Americans is one day on repeat. We wake up, prepare for our day, and then head off to our jobs that never seem to pay enough for our living needs. No matter how hard the average worker works, he/she can’t seem to make ends meet. Why is this. It would be logical that these hard working Americans that spend day after day at their job would be thriving; however, in most cases, it is the opposite. Despite the amount of time and effort that goes into a daily job, these workers are making minimum wage and are fighting to survive in the current economic state....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Should Be Eliminated - "The minimum wage is something that F.D.R. put in place a long time ago during the Great Depression. I don't think it worked then. It didn't solve any problems then and it hasn't solved any problems in 50 years." -- John Raese In the United States, the federal government maintains a national minimum wage to protect the purchasing power of ordinary workers. It seems good that the government protects your purchasing power by adjusting the minimum wage with respect to the inflation rate. Its economic side effects are so obvious that make this policy a bad one because it creates more unemployment, makes employers cut fringe benefits and is inefficient....   [tags: Minimum Wage, A Bad Policy]
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The Minimum Wage Should be Raised - Minimum wages go all the way back to 1938, during the great depression, when the stock market crash and bank loan were failing. Families need income of some type, were they wanted to make it fair were individual could get pay the same without a college degree. I am going to start off with a little about minimum wages history and how this could help our Economic. In 1892 Federal Government adopt an 8 hour workday and other wages standard for employee. In 1903 Congress create the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays]
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Article Rebuttal: Minimum Wage - Article Rebuttal: Minimum Wage Over the years there has been much debate about raising the federal minimum wage. Some states have taken it upon themselves to set higher minimum wages than the federal minimum wage, because of the lack of action by congress. The supporters of the raising of the federal minimum wage have been more vocal lately. This is especially true since studies have shown, that the gap has grown between the wealthier population, and the middle class. Recently President Obama, because of the lack of effort and action by congress, has used executive action to implement the raising of the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for new federal contracts, effective 2015....   [tags: Federal Minimum Wage, Finance]
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We Should NOT Raise the Minimum Wage - What would be so bad about raising minimum wage. Before other states jump on the $15 minimum-wage bandwagon, they might want to look at what's happening in Massachusetts — one of two states with a $10-an-hour minimum wage. Massachusetts increased the minimum wage from $8 to $9 at the start of 2015 and to $10 on the first day of 2016. The state is now mired in its longest stretch of net job losses since the recession in both the retail and the leisure and hospitality sectors, Labor Department data show....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Negative Effects of Raising the Minimum Wage - "If we took away the minimum wage, we could wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at every possible skill level." -- Michele Bachmann Proponents of raising the minimum wage claim that if the minimum wage was raised, then many economic and social problems would be alleviated. This contention is at odds both with economic principles and years of creditable research. The effect of raising or even having a minimum wage has been studied extensively and the majority of studies have proven that raising a minimum wage does not have the desired effect....   [tags: Minimum Wage Increases Unemployment]
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A Minimum Wage Increase Will Stimulate the Economy - President Franklin Roosevelt endorsed the federal minimum wage law in 1938 while the Great Depression was at its utmost insolvent position. Because at this point in time the economy was at its lowest, the sole purpose for its enactment was to keep the majority of Americans out of poverty and increase consumer demand. Following the 1960’s, the minimum wage has had a very gradual increase to the point where it is now at a standby. At this moment with a recession occurring, minimum wages have not brought any benefits to those working for such a limited pay....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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We Must Raise the Minimum Wage - Minimum wage is the lowest wage an employer can pay their employees. There is a Federal minimum wage and in some cases a State Minimum wage. The current Federal minimum wage is $7.25. An employee who makes $7.25 an hour and works 40 hours a week, will earn about $14,000 per year. The Federal government deemed that the poverty line is anyone who makes less than $17,000 a year (“Federal Minimum”). Therefore anyone that makes minimum wage lives below the poverty line. As president Obama said in his state of address, "In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty” (“Federal Minimum”)....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Debate over Raising the Minimum Wage - The federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour by Congress in 2009, something that has been carried out only a handful of times since the establishment of the wage in the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. Even with this modest rise in income, the minimum wage today does not provide for a decent standard of living. It has failed to keep pace with the wage growth of an average American worker. The minimum wage was intended provide a minimum standard of living; to aid in alleviating poverty and reward one for their work, however, in today’s economy, it fails to live up to these modest goal....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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We Should NOT Increase the Minimum Wage - I could be easily replaced by someone tomorrow for less money.” What a sober statement, one you do not hear everyday. I heard this statement from a co-worker, he has been with the grocery store twenty plus years. His remark caused me to formulate many questions on the ethics of business. Like how the decisions businessmen make affect the average worker's ability to support themselves. How do we make a living. Through working,but is that work enjoyable for us. Many of us have thought about what our purpose is in working....   [tags: Con Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Benefits of Raising the Federal Minimum Wage - Picture this: You are a single parent of two, you work 40 hours a week plus occasional overtime at a minimum wage paying job, you struggle to put food on the table to feed your family, and then you receive a call from the bank saying that your home is being foreclosed. This is the situation faced by thousands of Americans every year due to low income and wealth inequality. The federal minimum wage (FMW) as of April 2014 is $7.25, which is not enough to keep a family of two above the poverty line....   [tags: Pro Minimum Wage Essays]
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Congress Should NOT Raise Minimum Wage - Before other states jump on the $15 minimum-wage bandwagon, they might want to look at what's happening in Massachusetts — one of two states with a $10-an-hour minimum wage. Massachusetts increased the minimum wage from $8 to $9 at the start of 2015 and to $10 on the first day of 2016. The state is now mired in its longest stretch of net job losses since the recession, Labor Department data show. Minimum wage is the assured lowest amount of pay per hour that an employee can receive and it’s purpose is to make certain that employers are paying their workers fairly....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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We Should NOT Raise the Minimum Wage - In the past year, many protests occurred by members of the lower rungs of the fast food industry for the current minimum wage to go up from seven dollars and twenty-five cents to fifteen dollars an hour. This idea is ludicrous and these individuals should not be allowed to succeed in their endeavor. They are not doing enough work to earn such a sum, there are other options in occupations that pay higher, and there are people that have jobs that actually work to earn their money that make fifteen dollars or less, unlike these people who do nothing but flip burger patties and ask if the customer wants fries....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 546 words
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We Should Abolish The Minimum Wage - My chosen topic is minimum wages increasing in the United States. This topic came from the idea from the news. It was brought up in the discussion. This topic was interesting because I work at a retail store in New Jersey. The wages in New Jersey are seven dollars and twenty five cents. In 2014 it will be a dollar up so it is going to be tough because prices will rise. This topic affects me because now I worked as a minimum wage worker so I get pay by an hour. If the wages rise then something will decrease and increase....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 712 words
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America Needs a Variable Minimum Wage - Minimum wage is the least amount of money that an employer is legally required to pay an employee. It is something that all people in the American workforce know about. It was made to prevent the employer from taking advantage of employees. It is what creates the bare minimum standard of living for the 73.9 million hourly wage workers in the United States. However, there are many different jobs with varying amount of skills that are needed for those jobs. This is where the problem arises because a worker may still be under paid for the job that they do....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Federal Minimum Wage - The selling point that has brought people to the United States for centuries is the American dream: Prosperity, Luxury, Opportunity, and so on. Unfortunately for many, this dream has been squandered by the receding economy of an indebted country. As inflation runs rampant, the value of the U.S. dollar decreases, lowering the value of household and business incomes. This economic recession has led many, especially those who only earn the minimum wage, to poverty. According to the United States Department of Labor, “The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour” (“Wage and Hour Division”)....   [tags: deparment of labor, raising the minimum wage]
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Do Minimum Wage Laws Increase Unemployment? - The current minimum wage, as set by federal law, is less than $15 per hour. Is this enough for any person to provide for themselves and their family. Laborers earning the minimum wage don't seem to think so and are wanting an increase in the required minimum wage so they will be paid more by their employers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2015 that 3.6 million workers earned below or at the minimum wage ("Minimum Wage Workers"). At first it sounds wonderful for minimum wage workers to earn extra money and be able to make a better living, but what impact does an increase to the federal minimum wage have on the economy....   [tags: Minimum Wage Laws]
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New York Must Increase the Minimum Wage - Living in Bushwick commuting to school four days a week to Coney Island, and going to work four days a week at Rite Aid in Sunnyside, Queens, is more overwhelming than what it sounds. Working overnight from Monday to Friday, earning minimum wage and being taxed on top of that isn’t enough due to prices of gas, food, and necessities sky-rocketing. The job pays $7.25 per hour but I make a $0.75 differential for working the night shift. It’s difficult to be a student and work when you only have yourself as a form of financial support....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 2106 words
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The Minimum Wage - "The minimum wage is something that F.D.R. put in place a long time ago during the Great Depression. I don't think it worked then. It didn't solve any problems then and it hasn't solved any problems in 50 years." -- John Raese For many years it has been a matter of conventional wisdom among economists that the minimum wage causes fewer jobs to exist than would be the case without it. This is simply a matter of price theory, taught in every economics textbook, requiring no elaborate analysis to justify....   [tags: Minimum Wage Research Paper]
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The Pros and Cons of Minimum Wage - Increasing the minimum wage may help hard working families make ends meat. The first federal minimum wage in 1938. Started at $.25 an hour. In 1968 it reached its peak value. Since then the value has fallen thirty percent, so that today’s minimum wage of $5.15 is equal to $4.18 which is equivalent to the value in 1995 (women, 4). Some states have decided to raise the minimum wage above $5.15 an hour even though the senate ultimately sets the minimum wage. There was a push to raise the minimum wage two dollars in the next two years....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 1280 words
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The Pros and Cons of Minimum Wage - It sounds simple raise the minimum wage, reward hard work, and strike a blow against the society's inequalities. It's an emotional argument that blurs out the truth and make's people forget one important economic lesson: There's no such thing as a free lunch. The minimum wage has not been increased since the industrial welfare commission raised it to $4.25 an hour. The IWC and the legislature have not agreed since that time that any additional increase is justified because of California's recession and the downward turn in the business climate....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 854 words
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The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Abolished - The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Abolished Should We Abolish the Minimum Wage is not a question that should be ignore. From the time President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938 the $.25 minimum wage has rose up to its current condition to $5.15 an hour. (Industrial and Labor Relations Review) With many types of conflict that imposed upon it the minimum wage has been a debate ever since it has been in effect. In recent months Congress and the Senate has attempted to pass the minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.15 per hour....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 847 words
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The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Increased - Although many Americans believe an increase in the minimum wage is always a positive step for the federal government to take, the most recent wage hike could result in some harmful effects. One group potentially hurt by the increased minimum wage is teen-aged workers. Four hundred and eighty thousand teen jobs have been lost due to Congress putting the wage hike into place in 2007 (New Ad Campaign). In 2008, the months June through August, only 32.7 percent of teens had jobs. This is down from 45 percent in June through August 2000, stated by the U.S....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 433 words
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Should the Minimum Wage Be Increased? - If you have ever worked for minimum wage, I am sure you have felt as if your time was worthless. After taxes you brought home next to nothing, no matter how often you worked. That's at least how I felt when I worked for minimum wage. In high school I had nothing to pay for but a cell phone. I worked for minimum wage and it seemed like I barely could afford it. I had basically no bills and I worked around twenty hours a week, and it seemed like I couldn't save any money. I always wondered how my coworkers, who were adults, who had real things to pay for pulled it off....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Must be Raised - "Raising the minimum wage will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too - raising the wage will put more money in people's pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities." -- President Obama The minimum wage must be raised because the cost of living has gone up considerably. Education is essential if one wishes to work, and the cost of education has increased drastically in the past twenty years....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays] 961 words
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Raised - "When we talk about the kind of folks whose lives will be made better by raising the minimum wage, we're not talking about a couple teenagers earning extra spending money to supplement their allowance. We're talking about providers and breadwinners. Working Americans with bills to pay and mouths to feed." -- Thomas Perez How much money do we really need. I’m going to law school and according to all the statistics I’ve seen, lawyers can make a lot of money. My goal is to make as much money as I can and live as well as possible....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage]
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The Politics of Minimum Wage Laws - "We cannot legislate prosperity. When we increase minimum wages by legislative fiat, we kill jobs. Government creates nothing but what it has first taken away." -- President Lyndon B. Johnson Many investigations have been made in an attempt to understand how politics is involved in determining the minimum wage rate. These studies indicate that due to the complex American political system, which distributes power to different levels of government, different variables will exert pressures on the various governing bodies in the United States....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 509 words
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The Effects Of Higher Minimum Wage - The Effects of a Higher Minimum Wage When I was eleven years old my parents told me that they could not afford to buy me new school clothes that year. So, in my desperation for some new school clothes I started working. I did odd jobs on farms for family and friends, as well as babysitting. I worked that whole summer of my 6th grade year, and I continued to work every summer up until my senior year in high school when I started to work full-time. I started helping pay my parents rent when I was thirteen and bought most of my own food as a young adult....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 1971 words
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The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Increased - “An increase in the minimum wage will boost income for the poorest workers without the danger of creating more unemployment.”, stated President Obama in September 2014. Is this statement about an increase in minimum wage really true. There are two sides to the debate about minimum wage. The minimum wage is a major issue in the world of economics and politics. Political figures often prey on the public’s general ignorance of economics and promise to increase the minimum wage. Economists, on the other hand, view the long term effects and see the damage it can cause....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Minimum Wage Essays] 476 words
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The Minimum Wage Must Be Increased - “Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.” –President Obama, State of the Union address, Jan. 20, 2014 In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Minimum Wage Essays]
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Minimum Wage Isn't A Living Wage - Reasons for Minimum Wage Worker’s Tough Lives In 1938, federal minimum wage legislation became effective for the first time when the Fair Labor Standards Act passed (Sidey 573). After sixty-seven years, today, the minimum wage, which was originally set to make sure that working people could support themselves and their family, increased twenty times (Sidey 573). Nevertheless, the low-wage workers have never gotten rid of the hardship in their lives. Two main reasons cause the current situation....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage Should Be Increased - Since its inception, the minimum wage has been a hotbed for debate. If today’s leaders could manage to increase minimum wage, millions of families would benefit. A person working at minimum wage will only make about $10,700 a year. When rent, groceries, bills and gas are all added up, it appears to be a nearly impossible task to keep a family afloat. But working 40 hours a week at $5.15 an hour, one makes less than $206 a week after taxes. Making $206/week, one brings home about $824/month. Adding 17 gallons of gas at $2.20 a gallon in a car; the cost ends up to be about $38 a week, $152/month....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Minimum Wage Essays]
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America Must Increase the Minimum Wage - "No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty." -- Jon Corzine It is not shocking to hear that tens of millions of Americans are living in poverty. Startling statistics about the poor are constantly being tossed around on television with images of run-down neighborhoods and malnourished children. The real surprise, however, is that millions of those in poverty are full-time, minimum wage earning workers. Many say one should feel morally obligated to help these people....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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America Must Increase the Minimum Wage - "Things like child care and sick leave and equal pay. Things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage. These ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. That is a fact. And that's what all of us — Republicans and Democrats alike — were sent to Washington to do..." -- President Obama, State of the Union address In the United States Minimum Wage is approaching record lows. Even with recent increases inflation is one of the main reasons that workers are being paid less for labor than they were back in the Seventies....   [tags: Increase Minimum Wage Essays] 577 words
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Raising Minimum Wage Increases Unemployment - “Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. … And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.” -–President Obama, State of the Union address, Jan. 20, 2015 President Barack Obama is renewing his call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. During a speech at a manufacturing plant, President Obama proclaimed, "We should be raising the minimum wage to make sure that more workers who have been working full-time shouldn't be living in poverty..."....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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Minimum Wage Legislation - Minimum Wage Legislation I am going to pose the question to you the students of Sir Sandford Fleming College, do you really want the minimum wage legislation left in affect. As college students you are not benefiting or gaining anything from minimum wage legislation. The minimum wage legislation requires all employees to be paid at least some fixed given dollar amount per hour. This sounds good, but it isn't all that it seems. Minimum wage is an example of government intervention. The government has put a minimum on the dollar amount that employers can pay their employees....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 945 words
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Minimum Wage Legislation - Table of Contents Ch. Section Page Introduction 3 1 Economic efficiency of minimum wages 3 - 4 2 The effect on unemployment 4 3 The effect on use and cost of capital in production 4 4 The effect on cost of production and inflation 4 5 The effect on productivity 4 6 The effect on international competitiveness 4 7 The consequence for long-term sustainable economic growth and stability 4 - 5 8 The social consequence 5 9 Wage discrimination 5 10 Suggestions on dealing with unemployment 5 11 Literature consulted 5 Introduction Minimum wage legislation was introduced in other countries as far back as 1894 in New Zealand followed by Australia in 1896, United Kingdom in 1909 and North America in...   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays] 1069 words
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Put An End To Poverty, Increase The Minimum Wage - It is not shocking to hear that tens of millions of Americans are living in poverty. Startling statistics about the poor are constantly being tossed around on television with images of run-down neighborhoods and malnourished children. The real surprise, however, is that millions of those in poverty are full-time, minimum wage earning workers. Many say one should feel morally obligated to help these people. President Barack Obama said it best in his February 2013 State of the Union address, “Let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty” (Lowrey n.p.)....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays, 2014]
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Increasing the Minimum Wage Will Reduce Income Inequality - "No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage." -- Benjamin Todd Jealous "No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty." -- Jon Corzine Income inequality has been a major problem facing American society for decades, but has recently become a major concern. I personally believe the major gap between the income of the rich and poor is a not just, but is not a major concern for the government and society....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage and Social Security are Bad for America - "A close examination of America's unemployment rates suggests that minimum wage laws deserve a big share of the blame. Businesses are not charities, they only create jobs when they think a worker will generate net revenue. Higher minimum wages are especially destructive for people with poor work skills and limited work experience." -- Dan Mitchell, senior fellow, Cato Institute. In Henry Hazlitt’s book Economics in One Lesson, he explains some basic differences in which a good economist is separated from a bad economist....   [tags: Minimum Wage Essays]
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The Minimum Wage For Restaurant Workers Must Be Raised - "It is but equity...that they who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labor as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged." -- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776 The restaurant server is one of the most popular jobs in the country and according to the National Restaurant Association, currently, 1 in 12 Americans work in the restaurant industry and about 50 percent of all adults have worked in the industry at some point during their lives....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Minimum Wage Essays]
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Effects of Increasing Minimum Wage - The idea of having a federal minimum wage is a good one. The idea is to protect low and unskilled workers from discrimination and allow all workers to earn a living wage. The recent debate on the floor, though, is whether or not to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour up to $10.10 per hour. President Barack Obama made this proposal during his annual State of the Union Address on January 28, and following this there were many hot debates about it. The debates focused not only on the advantages and the disadvantages of increasing the minimum wage, but also the alternatives to increasing it....   [tags: federal minimun wage, unskilled workers, wage]
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A Higher Minimum Wage May Help Workers - With President Franklin Roosevelt’s cries for “A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” the Fair Labor Standards Act established minimum wage in 1938 (Grossman). Overtime, the minimum wage has been raised in order to account for inflation (BLS 14). However, what the overall economic impact of raising the wage will be is once again a daunting and extensive question. The controversy over raising the minimum wage seems to come from often conflicting economic opinions. While raising the minimum wage is done with good intentions, critics argue that a higher minimum wage will harm those it is actually trying to help....   [tags: politics, minimun wage]
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The Importance of Increasing the Minimum Wage - ... While the real value of the minimum wage decreased its value by 33%, the executives of the places that employ people for minimum wage earn at least 15 million dollars a year, some make 63 thousand dollars an hour which is ten thousand dollars more than the average annual income (Nader 1). On top of cheating wages, congress chooses to only address inflation when it comes to their own salary. Congress increases their salaries annually along with inflation but leave minimum wage the same(Nader 1)....   [tags: Inflation, Government, Economy] 618 words
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Issue of Raising the Minimum Wage - Life is a struggle and finding a job and paying your bills is not always easy in this world today. A major debate that has been an issue is whether there should be a law to raise the minimum wage. The minimum wage is the lowest hourly salary an employer can pay an employee for their work. According to Williams (2013), “The minimum wage was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938”. The first minimum wage was 25 cents per hour. Since then, the minimum wage has been increasing as the last increase of Florida's minimum wage was an increase of 14 cents on Jan....   [tags: salary, jobs, employees] 1520 words
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Minimum Wage and the American Dream - Living in a nice home, a good neighborhood, and having nice cars is what most people think of as part of the American Dream. How are you supposed to get there though. Unless you're going to win the lottery you’re going to have to work in some form. Achieving the American Dream while earning minimum wage may take a person longer but it is still attainable. Through higher education or hard work individuals can achieve a higher standard of living. What is minimum wage. Minimum wage is the lowest hourly rate (dollars per hour) that employers can pay their employees....   [tags: Unemployment, Poverty]
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Should The Minimum Wage Be Raised? - Should the minimum wage increased to $10.10 an hour. This has increased over the years and everyone has their opinions. Those who are in favor of increasing minimum wage to $10.10 believe that more money will decrease poverty and the unemployment rate. Those who oppose the increase in the minimum wage, believe that it should not be increased and should stay the same, because it will cause businesses to close up because they are not making enough money to survive in the economy An increase in minimum wage would have to make the employees work harder to make increase sales of the business....   [tags: poverty, unemployment]
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Benefits of Raising the Minimum Wage - ... Raising the pay of one’s workers is proven to increase productivity in the workplace: Worker productivity increased 104% while the minimum wage rose 101% between 1947 and 1973 (Henderson). Common sense also plays a role here. If you were being paid a penny an hour when you really deserve a quarter an hour, would you work your hardest. Would you begin your work enthusiastically at full-throttle. No, you wouldn’t, and the second you saw a better opportunity at another place of employment, you would jump to it....   [tags: poverty, economy, loyalty]
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The Increasing of the Minimum Wage - It has been said that we live in an era where people are looking for more increasing on everything, and they look for the increasing every single day. One of the most political issues that are noticeable in 2014 is the idea of the increasing of minimum wage. An article that was written by a group of journalists in the Governing the State and Localities discusses this issue. They say that President Obama talked about increasing the minimum wage. The minimum wage is 7.5, and he wants to increase this number to be around 9 dollars....   [tags: political issues, money]
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Should The Minimum Wage Be Increased? - As of February 2014, there are approximately 155 million civilians in the United States work force [1]. Even with a minimum wage established by the federal government, working class civilians that work under the federal minimum wage of $7.25 are struggling with day to day life, including mortgage payments, food payments, and children. President Barack Obama addressed the many individuals and their families working full time under the federal minimum wage in the poverty level during his annual 2014 State of the Union Speech....   [tags: unemployment, poverty, working class]
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Should the Minimum Wage be Raised? - There has been many reasons and issues as to raised the minimum wage that it should be raised. The minimum wage should be raised because increasing the wage, jobs will have better services for those employs cause it helps everyone pay debts, and although some workers may be laid off the taxes would be raising higher and people would have less government help. Federal minimum wage that increase does better for the employment because it will provide better equipments for many employes that are working in the job, not only that but it also gives each employ the best support such as the security help in case if any accidents may happen within the job....   [tags: debt, employment, economy] 1012 words
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Minimum Wage in the United States - Introduction WASHINGTON D.C. President Barack Obama has shouted on Congress to raise the combined minimum wage, the centerpiece proposition at the State of the Coalition address that concentrated on commercial inequality in America. Pointing out that the present minimum of $7.25 is nearly 20% lower in real paying manipulation than it was 25 years ago, he impelled legislators to prop a bill that should hold the nationwide rate to $10.10. We additionally have to do extra to safeguard our economy distinctions the dignity of work and that hard work pays off for all of our citizens....   [tags: socioeconomics, politics,]
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Mistake in Raising the Minimum Wage - Would raising the minimum wage actually help the American economy. Some people believe it would take people out of poverty. Others think that it will make it easier for people to supply for their families. Many believe that it should have been raised with the price of inflation over the years. While any of these reasons might be true, there are still many consequences that could take action if minimum wage is raised. Most Republicans are completely against the idea of raising it while President Obama would like to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour....   [tags: economy, unemployment, inflation] 1062 words
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Should the Minimum Wage Be Increased? - ... By increasing minimum wages, youth and less skilled worker will have less chance to get the job since only skilled worker will be preferred by companies to pay the minimum wages. So the country could end up with large number of unskilled unemployment population. Big firm are established to make profit in every way possible. If they have to increase the minimum wages, obviously companies will have huge rise in financial load on them. Since the easy communication and accessible transportation to all over the world, they can easily establish their manufacture plant in other part of the world where low cost labors are available, resulting loss of significant number of jobs at the country....   [tags: employee´s life style, income] 817 words
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The Positive and Negative Effects of Raising Minimum Wage - A sensitive topic for many Americans is their income. Many people’s income relies on minimum wage. In 2012, 3.6 million people received an hourly pay at or below minimum wage. There is an ongoing debate in government as to what the minimum wage should be. Stuck at $7.25, Obama has suggested raising the minimum wage to $9.00. Depending on a person’s perspective, raising minimum wage could be positive or negative. Minimum wage has the ability to change lives, and change the economy. Small businesses and unemployment, teenage demographics, and the cost of civilian goods would be most affected.The only mystery is whether things would change for the better or for the worse....   [tags: income, wage, economy, umemployment]
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Should Minimum Wage Be Raised? - Should Minimum Wage Be Raised. Minimum wage has always been a controversial issue. Many politicians use the argument of minimum wage for their own political propaganda. Some may argue minimum wage should be raised, while others believe it will have detrimental effects on our economy if it is raised. Surprising to most people, minimum wage earners make up only a small percent of American workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, minimum wage workers make up about 2.8% of all workers in America....   [tags: economy, employees, inflation] 863 words
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Should Minimum Wage Be Raised? - For decades, many Americans argue that minimum wages should be raised. Would it be a help or harm. Many Americans wants this because they believe it would help them have a better life. Moreover, they believe it will greatly help the poor get out of poverty. Also, Harkin believes that raising minimum wage means more for America’s gross domestic product (“Raising…”). Harkin estimates that there will be about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs, and 28 million Americans would get a raise if the minimum wage increases (“Raising…”)....   [tags: increase in unemployment]
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Link between Higher Minimum Wage and Higher Unemployment - In theory when an increase in minimum wage increases the cost of low-wage workers firms should want to hire less workers, however in reality this basic theory might be wrong according to Plumer B. (2013) While some studies found a link between higher minimum wage and higher unemployment level many others such as a recent paper from U.C. Berkeley that exploited differences across state borders did not find a link between higher minimum wage and higher unemployment. A study by John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explores the other possible reasons a modest increase in the minimum wage may not significantly impact employment levels....   [tags: labor and wage correlations] 1194 words
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Minimum Wage is too low - Homelessness is often assumed to be the product of either laziness or an inability to work. There is the thought that if the men and women living on the street had jobs they would be able to afford at least basic housing. However, “one out of five homeless Americans do work, either full- or part-time” (Molloy). They are not homeless because they do not work enough, they are homeless because the amount they are paid is not enough to support them. As of July 24, 2009, the minimum wage in America is $7.25 an hour....   [tags: homelessness, epidemic, work force]
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Should Minimum Wage Be Raised? - If you or your family were to go out into the world today and find an easy paying job you would be expecting minimum wage. Minimum wage has been defined by as the lowest wage, determined by law or contract that an employer may pay an employee for a specified job. For many this is not enough I know first had that it will help but it is not enough. For most of my college career my mother was the only one making more than minimum wage and it was barely enough. Recently this subject has been in the news more than ever....   [tags: poverty, jobs, income]
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Should the Minimum Wage Increase? - Many dissatisfied people suffer in the economy due to their incomes and the minimum wages. In an article, under CNN, the story of Kevin Burgos, an employed American father who’s suffering financially in the current state of the economy is used as an example to support the idea of increasing minimum wages. Kevin works full-time as a fast food assistant manager, earns above minimum wage, and brings additional money to his home on the side. However, his salary and extra money doesn’t fully pay off his simple living expenses....   [tags: Economy, Income] 1323 words
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Minimum Wage Needs to Change - Introduction One of the most talked about subjects in the U.S economy is the topic of minimum wage. With president Obama working to increase the minimum wage to 10.10$ per hour people, both economists and politicians alike, have been debating whether or not raising the bar is a smart idea. At a time when the country the country’s inflation continues to rise at a steady pace and Americans are constantly working to feed their families, some economists know that a raise in the minimum wage would help elevate some of the difficulty....   [tags: US economy, president obama]
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Zeynep Ton's A Minimum Wage - The article that I am studying is Zeynep Ton's A minimum wage hike could help employers, too, in the Harvard Business Review. This article is a speculative piece about the effects of proposed minimum wage increases at the federal level. The author takes a look at companies that superior wages and benefits for their industry. The underlying theme is that this is juxtaposed against a common argument that raising the minimum wage will be universally harmful. The common argument takes beginner's level supply and demand graphs and uses them as the basis for the claim....   [tags: elastic supply, demand, employees]
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History of Minimum Wage - The definition of Minimum Wage is “an amount of money that is the least amount of money per hour that workers must be paid according to the law” (Minimum wage). Minimum wage, like other laws, are used to keep the economy in line. Minimum wage laws were invented in Australia and New Zealand with the purpose of guaranteeing a minimum standard of living for unskilled workers. (Linda Gorman) Minimum wage puts a price on the services one offers. Many different principles can be used to explain Minimum wage and explore the different aspects of it....   [tags: law, unemployment, economy]
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The Minimum Wage War - On Saturday, June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 121 bills. Among these bills was a landmark law in the United States’ social and economic development—Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) or otherwise known as the Wages and Hours Bill. This new law created a maximum forty-four hour workweek, guaranteed “time-and-a-half” for overtime hours in certain jobs, banned oppressive child labor, and established the nation’s first minimum wage. By definition, a minimum wage is the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement (such as one with a labor union)....   [tags: Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938]
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Raising the Minimum Wage - A family of four is on government welfare, has no health or car insurance, and lives from paycheck to paycheck because both parents make minimum wage. Parents cannot provide for a family because they barely make enough money to pay the bills. According to Driscoll, it is proven that a “family of three all making minimum wage, still falls below the poverty level.” President Obama has proposed raising the minimum wage to $9.00 but no actions have been made on his behalf. So congress needs to raise the minimum wage in order to help the general well being of the people....   [tags: helping people out of poverty]
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The Minimum Wage Debate - The minimum wage debate has recently made a large comeback in United States politics. Contemporary studies show over 3.8 million Americans are paid at or below minimum wage (Dickinson 33). Many have looked skeptically back on past wage systems and have questioned wage’s relationship to current market inflation. In response to this inquiry, a large majority of the general population, relatively unrelated to their degree of income, support legislation to increase the minimum. However, the issue has split into a bipartisan debate in Washington....   [tags: income equality, low-income, tax credit]
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The Minimum Wage Change - Introduction One of the most talked about subjects in the U.S economy is the topic of minimum wage. With president Obama’s increase in the minimum wage to 10.10$ per hour people, both economists and politicians alike, have been debating whether raising the bar is a smart idea. At a time when the country the country’s inflation continues to rise at a steady pace and Americans are constantly working to feed their families, some economists know that a raise in the minimum wage would help elevate some of the difficulty....   [tags: U.S. economy, unemployment level]
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Raising the Minimum Wage - ... Miscellaneous payments such as: car insurance, cell phone, heat, air conditioning, electricity, and water bills eat up your current paycheck in one huge bite, leaving you nothing left to spend for yourself, or family. When holidays come around, many are not able to enjoy them because of economic crisis and not being able to buy your son or daughter a Christmas gift, or even being able to buy more of expensive food to eat for a once a year holiday. Consumer spending currently drives 70% of the economy (Sonn, Temple 1)....   [tags: investing in employees]
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The Minimum Wage Debacle - The Minimum Wage Debacle “I could be easily replaced by someone tomorrow for less money.” What a dispiriting statement. I was told this from a coworker in October of last year. This coworker has worked for the same grocery store for over twenty years. His remark caused me to formulate many questions about the ethics of business. More specifically though is the question of how this can be a bigger problem than I had originally thought. I have worked many low end jobs, and have seen first hand many people who struggled because of their low wage....   [tags: economics, history]
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Minimum Wage Rise Proposal - Dear Honorable (name of US Senator): I strongly recommend you support your “minimum wage rise proposal” on San Francisco’s evidence, which in 2004 enforce a 26% increase in minimum wages resulted in a “significant increase in wages and compressed wage inequality without create any detectable employment loss” . By reading this memo, you will found a resume of Dube et. at (2007) study underlying both: strong evidence that support wage rises in some contexts, and the more relevant advices respect the limitations of the results and interpretation in terms internal and external validity....   [tags: letter, US Senator, usa, government]
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Minimum Wage Workers - Who are these workers that makes minimum wage. According to the official Bureau of Labor Statistics 3.3 million are making at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Among 3.3 are split into two main categories. The first category is those who are making the exact federal minimum wage which accounts for 1.5 million workers. The second category is those who are making below the federal minimum wage which accounts for 1.8 million workers. The second category includes tipped workers, full time students, and disabled workers....   [tags: Burea Labor Statistics, Jobs, Economy]
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Increasing Minimum Wage - Minimum Wage Weather or not to increase minimum wage is currently a hot topic. Some feel that minimum wage should be increased while others say no. Minimum wage is the lowest wage payable to employees. Minimum wage should not be increased because if it is a lot of current minimum wage workers will be forced out of their jobs and could possibly lose everything. “The minimum wage makes it illegal for workers to have a job paying less than the minimum wage, and it keeps employers from hiring anyone for less than the legal minimum wage even if people are willing to work for less....   [tags: Workers, Jobs, Employees, Low Wages]
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The Challenges of Implement a Minimum Wages Policy - Creating a so called “culture of compliance” among employers (Skidmore 1999: 435) is a low-cost strategy for facilitating the self-enforcement of minimum wage. This strategy implies the construction of persuasive arguments in favor of the minimum wage and the appeal to common values and beliefs such as, for instance, the principle of “fair pay – fair play”. Here, two main strategies for building commitment among employers can be identified. First, persuasive processes at the interpersonal level may take place....   [tags: minimum wage, persuasion, labor] 1070 words
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Minimum Wage Increase - A heated discussion that has only gained momentum in the year 2014, is the topic of minimum wage, and whether or not it needs to be increased. Both the state and federal levels of government are trying to push for an increase in minimum wage, effectively raising the amount people can earn, particularly those who find themselves within the lower class. Once again, at both a state and federal level, they face various amounts of opposition, who either disagree with the number being proposed, or any increase in general....   [tags: fair labor act, inflation, economy]
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