Pros and Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage

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Pros and Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage When you picture a minimum wage worker, who do you picture? Do you see a sixteen year old, a middle-aged mother, a college graduate, or even a senior citizen worker? In September of 2013, California governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill into act that would cause the California minimum wage to rise from the current $8.00 and hour to $10.00 and hour in increments over the next three years. The minimum wage rate will go up in two separate $1.00 boosts. The first will change the rate from $8.00 to $9.00 in July of 2014, and the second increase, to $10.00, in January 2016. In this paper, I will discuss, compare, and weigh the pros and cons of the minimum wage increase in California. Governor Jerry Brown based the minimum wage increase off of the bases of inflation. Governor Jerry Brown explained that the rising costs in California have not kept constant with the minimum wage meaning that the three million Californians earning minimum wage find themselves living in poverty and living paycheck to paycheck, Governor Jerry Brown explained, "The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs… This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy." At first glance this bill seems to be doing great things, helping low income people and families earn a more livable wage, but like all things there will be both good and bad outcomes of this bill. Firstly, I would like to address my previous question: who works on the hourly minimum wage? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2011, the highest percentage of Americans working on the minimum wage are workers aged 16 to 19 who work part-time (less than 35 hours a week). Most of these workers ha... ... middle of paper ... ...rom Reflection When writing this paper I learned a lot of new information of the new California bill that makes the minimum wage higher. Researching this paper helped me understand how the new bill will affect my employees and me once it starts to increase. It was very interesting on me to also see who in America earns the minimum wage (what age, level of education, etc) because it did follow my assumptions that mostly people on the minimum wage are young people in high school and or just out of high school. I enjoyed writing this paper and will share my new knowledge with my parents, friends, and coworkers because I think most people know that the minimum wage is going up but they are very confused about how this will happen and what it means for them.
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