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CNN-Minimum Wage Debate. Dir. Chad Powell. , 2013. Film.
Raising minimum wage would help small businesses. Raising the wage to 15 dollars is more livable than 9 an hour says citizens. The workers want a wage that they can get the most benefit out of. They look at what they have to pay and then see how if the wage goes up how would it affect the CEO’s of the companies. Their wages are going up while not having to change the employee’s wages. That is not fair at all. The worker deserves a pay they can live off of. Parents are raising children that cost a lot of money but if they do not have the income those children will suffer. Workers are going to college to better them and they cannot do that if they cannot afford it. Workers will strike if the CEO’s are not being fair. People need to be lifted from poverty and need to fight for the rights of fair paying jobs. People are still living with their parents because they are unemployed or too poor to buy their own place. Raising the wages will help the economy.
Congress is back in session, and if members have been listening to their constituents they will move quickly to raise the federal minimum wage, which has lost 20 percent of its purchasing power since the 1980s. But absent action from Capitol Hill, states are taking up the slack.
All citizens’ want is to be able to provide for themselves and their families. Although raising minimum wage means that businesses are going to compete it will be the right thing to do overall. Workers deserve to be treated right and get the pay they work for. Twenty-three states have already raised the wage to 7.25 and hopes to one day raise it to 10.10 dollars. Businesses have learned how to survive with the wage increases over the years this is just one of those increases. The government needs to lift people from poverty and not make them afraid of not eating or a bill not getting paid. People should not depend on food stamps or public assistance to make a living. Wages need to change and they should be increased.
Miller, George. Minimum Wage increase. 2014. Minimum wage will help pay for living expenses. Most citizens are working paycheck to paycheck or worse with what the wages are set at now. It is time to raise them and make citizens not hurt to provide for themselves and their families. The only reason not to raise the wages is the fear of businesses declining. If wages increased than more people would have more money to spend on other things than just food and bills. Higher minimum wage would have a impact on hiring and although not be able to higher as many employees it would benefit in profit of business. There would be less unemployment. When deciding to raise minimum wage, considering what would be loss would be part of the discussion but more importantly helping workers that are hurting and trying to get by should be more important.
Muller, Gilbert H.. "Nickel and Dimed." The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. . Print.
Barbara Ehrenreich started with a job as a maid. The maid job was very demanding and low paying. She speaks of the women that she works with and their experiences of having a low paying job. One lives in their car to save money and another goes to the gas station for food. They get a short lunch break so they have to work more. She goes through all types of jobs in hope to get the experience and find a well paying job. She wanted to see if working a low waged job would make it so the next month’s bills can be paid. She is optimistic about her job and tries to look on the bright side of it. Working a low waged job is hard on everyone. Most people live paycheck to paycheck.
The variety amongst state minimum wages provides a natural experiment from which to learn. Nineteen states enforced minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour and thirty-one had minimum wages equal to $7.25 in 2013. This paper uses recent data to analyze the impact of raising the minimum wage on employment among the 50 states. The analysis finds that in 2013, a $1 increase in the minimum wage was associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate, a 0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate, a 4.67 percentage point increase in the teenage unemployment rate, and a 4.01 percentage point decrease in the teenage net job growth rate. Consequently, high state minimum wages increased unemployment by 747,700 workers and reduced job growth by 83,300 jobs.
Since 2013 five states have already been approved to raise minimum wage. To date over 30 states are considering it. There are matters to consider when rising minimum wage and that is how would it affect hiring. Will it make it better or worse? It may be hurting the hiring and increasing the unemployment rate but it depends on what the wage is set at. If the minimum wage is set higher than 7.25 they can afford unemployment rising but if it is lower they can not. Just depends on where you live. With prices higher you want higher pay so you can pay for yourself and your family. The difference between minimum wage above and equal to 7.25 is fairly small. The ages that it really affects are 16-19 year olds who are in school or dropouts or have just graduated.
Fair wages are a bridge from poverty to the middle class, and good for people and business.
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Grimes, Allison. Grimes: Raising minimum wage would help families: n. pag. Courierjournal.com. Web. 8 July 2014.
Families are struggling to make ends meet. Raising minimum wage is pro-work, pro-business and pro-family. Women are the ones that are hurt the most because they have to provide for food on the tables. In the past raising the minimum wage has created jobs and boosted the economy. Wage increase affects teenagers the most. They are the ones that are starting families and have to make enough money to make a living. Giving employees a livable wage only makes the business look better that will lead to more income. If citizens had more money the economy would grow not die. Workers should get paid what they deserve.
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Debate: Increase in minimum wage?. , 2013. Film.
President Obama says that raising the minimum wage will help families and the nations economy. Yes it would hurt companies by cutting employees but the workers that are employed would be able to support themselves more. A student says that 9.00 wage will make a difference. She would not have to have two jobs and she would be able to focus on school. Students need to focus on schoolwork but if they do not have the money to go to school they cannot focus on it. Higher wages help pay for bills, food, schooling and much more. There are negative points to raising minimum wage but those are overruled because of the impact of increasing has on it. If people cannot pay for living expenses or food then the economy will be in an even deeper hole. No one should work full time and live in poverty. Today prices for everything are going up if workers did not have a higher pay they would not be able to pay for anything.
Ron Unz from Stanford University thinks that if the wages were more reasonable we would not have problems with unemployment. Higher minimum wage needs to be considered. If the business had a bigger paying wage than the taxpayers would be saving tons of money. Taxpayers are the ones that are hurting. All the businesses have to do is raise the prices of their products to make up the cost that is going towards their employees. If the retail or businesses got together to raise the wages than they would be violating the anti trust laws and since they will not do that the government needs to set an understanding minimum wage that will benefit not hurt. Higher minimum wage supports the value of work. The cuts would be automatic and poverty would be looked at. Living expenses should be changed according to the wage difference. Raising minimum wage would help with income inequality and make everyone live the same way and income is equal. Minimum wage is a good thing and it should be raised because it would help citizens lifestyles in many ways.
Nasar, Sylvia. "More College Graduates Taking Low-Wage Jobs." Full Text Electronic Journal List. New York Times , 2 Aug. 1992. Web. 9 July 2014. <>
Having a college degree helps getting a job become easier. Most workers that have gone to college are paid more because they are known to have more skill. Students that have dropped out or did not decide to go to college are not taken seriously when it comes to getting a professional job. Wages are considered with different lifestyles and the area you work in or place of employment. Business is not going to raise the wages if it will hurt the income. Going to college will not promise a job it has to come from the student working hard to find a job that they qualify for. Students will go to school for years and may not find a job that they majored in. It all depends on your outlook on it. College helps broaden your horizon not just taking your money. Wages need to be raised so that even if college or high school is finished the student will not hurt financially.
Minimum wage has an affect on citizen’s lifestyles because they might not be able to pay rent or pay for car issues. This citizen if she did not get the discount working at McDonalds, it would be hard to feed her children. She has to budget her money just to get by. She would not survive if she did not have that little bit of income coming in. The next citizen with a wife and a little boy works for an airline and is using food stamps and has income coming in from the job to help with living expenses. He does not get sick days with his job so him being out sick for two days put a hurt on their finances. Economy wise its hurting them to get the basic needs to live happily and taken care of. This young man wants the CEO of the airline to realize what is wrong with not having good minimum wage and how it is hurting different families. Even when hurt on the job they still did not respect the employees enough to have them taken care of and they did not treat them the way they should have. Minimum wage should be high enough that they workers have enough money to get by. They should be able to eat at other places than they work and not having to use their discount just to feed their family.
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