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Minimun Wage and Poverty in the United States

Poverty in the United States will keep increasing if Congress does not raise the minimum wage as living expenses continue to rise. With expenses such rent and food, millions of people in the US are struggling to afford the necessities to keep them alive. In order to help the working and middle class, President Barack Obama wants Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour by the end of 2015. Unfortunately, CEO’s and the Republican Party in the US are against raising the minimum wage because it will cut into the companies’ profits and claim that it will cause job losses. There are several benefits in raising the minimum wage, as it reduces the number of people in poverty which in turn reduces the government expenditures to support people living in poverty. Also raising the minimum wage is beneficial to the economy because it creates wage growth which in turn gives people more money to spend. Finally, another benefit in raising the minimum wage is that it would reduce the income inequality gap, as there are many CEO’s in Canada and the US that make millions of dollars every year; while people earning minimum wage are struggling to survive. In the end, Canada and the United States need to raise the minimum wage in order to help people rise above the poverty line which will in turn help grow the economy. 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... ... middle of paper ... ... help improve the economy. Therefore, raising the minimum wage is beneficial to the economy as it creates jobs and raises the income of millions of people across United States and Canada. The government needs to raise the minimum wage as it raises the income of people, which saves the taxpayers money and allows it to be used on things such as schools and fixing roads. Also, increasing the minimum wage creates wage growth, which helps grow the GDP, as people have more disposable income. Lastly, increasing the minimum wage reduces the wage gap between the CEOs and working class, with the purpose of distributing more of the profits to the working class to help pay for health care and education. In today’s world of capitalism, there should be a cap on how much one can make in a year in order to help the working class, who ultimately help keep the companies in business.

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