In the United States there is a problem. People are working minimum wage jobs and are not being able to pay for basic needs such as rent and food. According to the Low Income Housing Coalition, Today, in the United States a person earning the Federal minimum wage of seven twenty-five an hour would have to work around eighty-six hours per week to be able to afford a one-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent, of eight hundred and six dollars (“Out of Reach”). People are working and need government assistance to help them pay for basic needs in life. Raising the national minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour would allow people to live a life where they don’t have to worry about not having enough money for food, rent, or other basic needs
28 million people is a quarter of America’s workforce. This means that a quarter of our workers cannot or can just barely afford to suppor... ... middle of paper ... ...hile passing a law linking minimum wage and inflation sounds nearly impossible, all of the other options that could also help minimum wage earners are equally impossible. The current minimum wage is not enough to live on and leaving it as it is will only force more of our fellow Americans out of their homes and into the streets. Increasing it to a living wage not only has no adverse effects on employment, but it is also the humane thing to do. Works Cited Conlin, Michelle, and Aaron Bernstein.
People do not have enough money to buy basic food supplies, even people who are working full-time or multiple jobs. Although there are many American citizens and government officials who think there is no need to raise the minimum wage, research clearly shows that it will be much better to raise the minimum wage. This will help raise families incomes, maybe get the economy back on track and allow families to pay their debts. Now it is up to our government leaders to make the right choice and raise the minimum wage.
The Minimum Wage is Not a Living Wage Anymore Should we have the minimum wage rise? Nowadays, many people argue that we should increase the minimum wage because we haven’t had an increase since 2009. People who are living on the minimum wage struggle a lot raising their families. (Webster) Minimum wage means the lowest daily or monthly remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers. On the other hand living wage means the minimum amount that a worker must earn to afford his/her basic necessities, without public or private assistance (Webster).
For instance, the employees that work on minimum wage in California have to work 130 hours a week to afford two bedrooms, this is the reason that the government supports the low income families. Raising it would help these people afford to support their families on their own. Also the minimum wage is not keeping up with inflation making it harder and harder for people to afford things, which is affecting the economy even more because people are not buying, or they will buy cheap things that are made somewhere else, which stimulates a different country's economy. Raising the minimum wage would effect and help the economy to grow, If the minimum wage is raised, businesses will be at the pinnacle of their game. The minimum wage employers will have money to spend , and in turn, the... ... middle of paper ... ...l salon is nearly two times the average for all workers.
These workers are struggling to provide basic necessities for their family and themselves. If minimum wage was increased poverty could be reduced. Most families are relying on government assistance to provide things such as food by using an EBT food stamp card and Medicaid because they are making minimum wage. Also if a minimum wage worker is only making $5.15 per hour, it will be impossible trying to afford health insurance. Sometimes the benefits workers receive don’t always cov... ... middle of paper ... ...the future.
Taxpayers are paying the price for Wal-Mart and Food 4 Less. Wal-Mart employees probably don’t care about discounted gains; they cannot afford to get heath care coverage. Living under poverty circumstances, workers most likely live in small apartments, drive beat down cars, and have filed for bankruptcy. However, at the end of the day they can't get low prices they cant even afford. Although I do not agree with this business model I have a job and it helps me pay for my expenses; I have no choice.
Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. The cost of living per month for a single, childless person in America is $2,372. Galbraith stresses importance of improving housing across the nation. (Galbraith 405) With unemployment rates remaining high, jobs are hard to find in the current economy. Even if people can find work, this does not automatically provide an escape from
Group one did a really good job with their budget and how they spent everything. Looking at how they made their family live daily was good. However, it did not seem that their prices for food was very accurate. When a family is looking for food for their family they will try to spend a good amount to make sure they have food to cover their family for as long as it can. In the movie Two American Families, there were two families that were living in poverty and they could not find a way to fully survive.
Low wage workers are not adequately compensated for what they do, they benefit the American economy and the business owners but they don't even make enough money to support their families. Most low wage workers use the government welfare system. Businesses make huge profits off low wage workers while low wage workers struggle to make a decent living. After all the hard work that low wage workers do businesses don't sacrifice any portion of their profits to make their low wage employees self-sufficient. Most low wage workers use the government welfare system and also the government health insurance program.