The Federal Minimum Wage During The United States

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In the United States there are many people struggling to live above poverty. There are many people out there that just want to be able to care for their families and pay their bills, but due to the current minimum wage in the U.S which is currently at $7.25 an hour as of January 1st, 2014 it can be difficult and sometimes almost impossible to do that. According to Furillo(2014) “Of the families with children who report hunger during the last 12 months, 68% contained at least one adult working full-time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” (p.1)That is a large amount of children going hungry when something could be done about this problem. The original purpose of the federal minimum wage was to prevent child labor, and increase wages so that people could support their families. While that is still the case for the most part some believe that $7.25 just isn’t enough to live off. So they are having to rely on some type of government assistance for food, and or medical expenses. “The minimum wage in 2006 was $5.15, which produces a yearly income of $10,712. This sum mea...

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