Persuasive Essay On Minimum Wage

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Jewel Walker, a nineteen year old resident of Dixie Hills, a poor west Atlanta neighborhood, gets home every morning from an airport job as a wheelchair assistant and sets her alarm clock to 6:00am. It is still pitch black outside when she wakes up, having no time for breakfast. She leaves off to make her 8:00am shift at her second job, as a Burger king employee. Everyday she has to ride two buses and a train 30 miles out north to the Atlanta suburbs. She has little money to buy a used car or move out of her dangerous neighborhood due to all the expenses in her home (Jarvie, “What Life Is Like on $7.25 per Hour”). Walker is one of the millions of Americans living at the federal minimum wage. On July 24th, the White House posted on their blog,…show more content…
According to the U.S Department of Labor, the people who would benefit from a minimum wage increase are adults. More than half of the employees working at the minimum wage are women, and nine out of ten are over twenty. Many of these workers need to provide enough income in order to provide for their families and makes it difficult for them to stay out of poverty due to all the inflated expenses specially health insurance (“Minumum Wage Mythbusters”). Bryce Covert, Journalist for Think Progress, an American political news blog, provides and article titled Raising “The Minimum Wage To $10.10 Could Lift Nearly 5 Million Out Of Poverty”, state “Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could lift about 4.6 million people out of poverty directly.” (Covert). This study was only one of the few that have been proposed to congress that provides minimum wage workers enough income to be able to adjust to the current cost of living and live modestly. The current federal minimum wage does not allow parents working full time to stay out of poverty and certainly not enough to pay rent in any state. Historically, the federal minimum wage used to be enough to keep a family of two out of poverty line, and in the 1960’s it was enough to sustain a family of three out of

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