Many people against raising the minimum wage create arguments such as, “it will cause inflation”, or, “ it will result in job loss.” Not only are these arguments terribly untrue, they also cause a sense of panic towards the majority working-class. Since 1938, the federal minimum wage has been increased 22 times. For more than 75 years, real GDP per capita has consistently increased, even when the wage has been
...eople of all classes could profit over this prospect. Thousands of families would be raised over the poverty line and businesses would see an increase of productivity and loyalty from workers all while helping to boost the economy; it’s a win-win for everyone. The federal minimum wage should be raised so as to improve the welfare of the entire country.
In order to sustain a vibrant economy, the government needs to help the poor with their resources. The poor are poor not because they don’t work, but because government has failed to provide wages that American families can survive on. Cost can be an issue but the cost to subsidize the workers with low-wage jobs are higher (Kukathus 49). Acknowledging ethical and reli...
To begin with, the government in the US needs to raise the minimum wage in order for people to rise above the poverty line, which will result in reduced government expenditures. Millions of people every day are working to support one’s family, but the Federal minimum wage is not enough money for families to spend on food. With 46.5 million people living in poverty in the United States, the government is f...
Minimum wage is a topic that has been popping up since the 1980s. From whether we should lower it, or even raise it, but now in the 2000s minimum wage has been the center of attention more than ever. There are two sides to this topic of minimum wage; whether it creates more jobs or does not create jobs. Those who argue that raising minimum wage will create more jobs will have a rebuttal which is that it does not only cause the loss of jobs but that it would make things much worse and vice versa for those arguing raising minimum wage will cause loss of jobs. There will be two authors representing opposite views, Nicholas Johnson supporting minimum wage will not cost jobs with his article “ Evidence Shows Raising Minimum Wage Hasn’t Cost Jobs”
Top 5 Reasons Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for You and Me. (2012) By M. Auerback
America is currently working on the issue of whether the minimum wage should be increased from $7.25 to $10.10 and economists are studying the effects of the possible increase. Minimum wage workers deal with struggles such as affording health care, paying for education, providing food for their families, putting many hours of work in while making little income and paying their bills. America’s decision to raise the minimum wage would help low wage workers to make higher incomes and would overall strengthen the economy, pulling Americans out of poverty. Americans may hold a minimum wage job if they do not have money to attend a college or university to obtain a degree in order to find a career.
Now, the economics of raising the minimum wage has seen many more positive effects, or according to our president and the National Economic Council. "Since the minimum wage was raised in 1996, our economy has created over 10 million new jobs. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 30 years" (Clinton). The figures seem to be all in the right to just raise the minimum wage once again.
For as long as we can remember there has been a dispute about whether or not we should raise the minimum wage. Some believe that if we do raise the minimum wage, it will reduce poverty. Others, like David Henderson, think that raising it will not reduce poverty. Henderson wants to prove that even though raising the minimum wage will not reduce poverty, it will create other problems in the United States. In his article, “Raising the Minimum Wage Will Not Reduce Poverty”, explains the problems that it will cause and why it will not reduce poverty. Throughout Henderson’s article, he uses emotional and logical appeals that adds to his persuasiveness and gives him a compelling argument.
Americans are not wrong in thinking that increasing the minimum wage will increase low-wage working families’ incomes, and some of these families will rise above the national poverty threshold. While increasing the minimum wage might benefit some American families, it will hurt others. Increasing the minimum wage will eliminate many low wage jobs, which would then result in many people jobless and therefore, a substantial drop in those individuals’ household incomes (“The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income”). . “Raising the country’s minimum wage could boost the incomes of millions of Americans, but it could also potentially cut total employment by hundreds of thousands of workers” (Kurtzleben). An increase in the minimum wage lowers employment, which makes it harder for these workers with minimal skills to find a job. Congress then explains that low income families will actually not bring in any benefits from an increase of the minimum wage (“Would an Increase in the Federal Minimum Wage Help or Hinder Small Business” 2-3). While increasing the minimum wage might raise the standards of living for some low wage workers and families, if the increase in minimum wage reduces employment rates, there is no certain answer on what
Many critics claim that that raising minimum wage increases unemployment, especially for unskilled workers, and harms small businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants. The argument declares that companies such as these rely mostly on unskilled workers for labor, and if the minimum wage increases, then their profits and, therefore, hiring would decline, creating a...
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. Even with high unemployment rates, the minimum wage is useful for the economy.
Minimum wage first started with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 at twenty-five cents an hour and since has been increased twenty-two times by twelve presidents. When times like the Great Depression occurred, businesses took advantage and paid people very little for their labor. Minimum wage was established to balance the powers between employers and low-wage workers. Even though it may eliminate jobs, I believe it should be raised because it could help grow the economy, reduce poverty, and create new jobs for some Americans.
The most impoverished in society, those with a lesser skill set often have access to “bad jobs at bad wages” (Card and Krueger, 47). Those are largely the marginalized in society who have to deal with terrible working conditions which find themselves...