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Bureau, U.s. Census. Poverty: 2000 to 2012 (n.d.): n. pag. Web. <http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acsbr12-01.pdf>.

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Washington Post: Americans for Minimum Wage Hike

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Fletcher, Michael A., and Peyton M. Craighill. "Poll: Majority of Americans back minimum wage hike." Washington Post 17 Dec. 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 July 2014.

 

This article comes from the results of registered voters in America. Washington Post is a very well rounded source in which most topics are unbiased, giving facts such as numbers, research, and opinions from well educated professionals. In this particular article it explains how the U.S. citizens have voted that they wish to see an increase in the minimum wage. While it talks about the many different opinions from citizens, it also covers political, leaders, parties and congress. From the research conducted all believe the minimum wage should be higher than the current set rate at $7.25/hr. While it varies from $6.80 to $10, it is clear that everyone agrees there should be higher pay. Many demonstrators across the nation have asked for $15/hr minimum wage. This number is drawing little to no support from congress or any other political figure. 

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'This Week': Seattle's New Minimum Wage Hike - YouTube

ABC News' Neal Karlinsky takes a closer look at Seattle's new $15/hour minimum wage and Paul Gigot and Kristin Vander Heuvel discuss its impacts
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"'This Week': Seattle's New Minimum Wage Hike." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2014. <http://youtu.be/O8OSeyP9SB4>.

 

This clip from ABC News was a well rounded source of information. Not favoring one side or the other. Kristin Heuvel and Paul Gigot discuss the pros and cons of this issue that clinch America. Starting out the clip showing fast food workers protesting for a raise, this gives the audience a look inside the struggles of Americans living at or close to minimal wage. Paul Gigot defends his case on how 500,000 jobs will be lost by the increase in minimum wage. Pointing out struggles smaller businesses will face. Kristin Heuvel explains how the increase will bring millions of Americans out of poverty and into a chance of a better life. Using statistics such as 79% of Americans agree to raise minimum wage to $15/hr, she feels confident the issue will be resolved. Finishing up the argument Heuvel explains that if the minimum wage would increase with time based on the factors of cost of living since it was enacted, it would be $22/hr, which is much higher than the proposed increase.

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Minimum Wage Rally at Atwater's

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Minimum Wage Rally at Atwater's by Jay Baker at Catonsville, MD.

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"Minimum Wage Rally at Atwater's." Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2014. .

 

This photo was taken at a Maryland rally to increase the minimum wage. Here is many people holding up signs asking for a law to be passed to enact a "livable wage". The protestors were among many others across the nation wanting higher wages. This just shows how serious the unlivable wage has became. One of the sings has green arrows pointing up. The arrows represent the money in which they want increased. A more direct poster states "We can not live on $7.25". All of which help send the message Americans want a raise.

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Sinyai, Clayton. "Fair pay: growing support for a living wage." Commonweal 133.5 (2006): 12+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 July 2014

 

This source is reliable for being available in the Midlands Tech database. The author is writing for Gale University which is a very well know and trusted source of education and information. Being written in 2006, this source has not been altered or opinionated by the press and other sources of social media that are cycling the country at this time. It focuses mainly on the issues in which Florida and Nevada faced in 2004. These two states addressed the issue by increasing the minimum wage by more than 50%. While this is not a more recent article it helps show the roots of the issue and how it is not an overnight development. His article is informative on how it affects elections,. However the selection was made due to the history of how minimum wage increases started its traction to the congressional debate it is today. 

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McGraw Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines

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Barbara Ehreneich. "Nickel and Dime." Mcgraw-Hill Reader Issues across the Disciplines.    Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. 476-484.

 

This essay reaches into the life of a minimum wage worker and the struggles of surviving. Ehreneich does not have any kids or husband. She simply is trying to make a living. Working for small pay she has to work long hours to be able to make her bills. This eliminates any chance of her interviewing for any other jobs, simply because she can not afford to miss work. Through out her essay she tells how she is looked down upon for the work she is in and the lack of respect she receives. Living in poverty is not necessarily a choose. Events in life occur that may lead to it. At the end she tells of a local and vacationer hot spot, where a group from the south have came to play for their chance at survival. This all helps give an understanding of what life is like for those less fortunate than others, who have skills and are simply not able to put them to work. 

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Debating costs and benefits of boosting the minimum wage - YouTube

Amid dialogue over how to reverse income inequality, both political parties are seizing on a report by the Congressional Budget Office that claims that raisi...
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"Debating Costs and Benefits of Boosting the Minimum Wage." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 July 2014. <http://youtu.be/URCcmpuvO_Q>.


This video was uploaded by PBS Newshour. PBS news hour is part of PBS.org, which is a well known and reliable source of information. This debate was on the benefits and costs of raising the minimum wage from its standing $7.25/hr. They discuss the workers strike to demand $15/hr from McDonalds. PBS has chosen to interview 2 experts who have done extensive research on the issue. The main focus however is the debate on job loss. According to CBO research 500,000 jobs may be lost. While Thea Lee claims this was not a recent study. Feeling this is a biased source of information. Professor Neumark however agrees with the CBO research. This goes to show the still deep division in America on the issue of weather or not to raise the minimum wage on a national level. 

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Non.com "The State of Poverty in America"

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The State of Poverty in America. "The State of Poverty in America." American Prospect 6.23 (22 June 2012). Rpt. in Poverty and Homelessness. Ed. Noël Merino. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Current Controversies.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 July 2014.

 

This article is about poverty that is all around the country. The article gives two poverty problems. One of them is from low-wage work and the other is from people who have little to no work. The article shows how most poor people work their way in and out of poverty because of how hard they work to provide a better life for their family or for themselves. About one-third of our population makes less than $36,000 a year for a family of three. This is not enough money to not have to struggle living off of. The article really focuses on how we as a country and as Americans can help provide a better life for the children in our country. Many of the deep poverty households that children live in are where only one income is coming in, Usually that is from a single mother household. Usually when children grow up in these situations, they end up living in deep poverty as young adults and through out their lives. This article gives ideas on how to help these families and help the children from having to grow up in deep poverty.

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Blog: Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for the Economy | The White House

Blog: Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for the Economy | The White House | Minimum Wage | Scoop.it
Raising the minimum wage is of the economic vision that President Obama laid out in Galesburg, Illinois, as he described what we need to do to support the middle class and those who are trying to join it.
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"Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for the Economy." The White House. The White House, n.d. Web. 08 July 2014. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/24/raising-minimum-wage-good-economy>.

 

This blog is on how raising the minimum wage would be good for the economy. When President Obama was in Galesburg, Illinois, he mentioned on how he felt raising the minimum wage would help the economy and so many Americans. He feels that any American that is working 40 hours a week should not have to live in poverty. He thinks that as a country we should support the idea of raising minimum wage because it will support the middle class and people who are trying to become middle class. He also feels that it will benefit businesses in the long run. He says that it could increase the retention by avoiding the cost of hiring and training new workers. Over the next few weeks or months, President Obama is going to push the idea of raising minimum wages. This blog shows how important this idea is to the President and how much he wants the raise to happen. 

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Podcast: Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans | The White House

Podcast: Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans | The White House | Minimum Wage | Scoop.it
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"Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It's The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans." The White House. The White House, n.d. Web. 08 July 2014. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/weekly-address-raise-minimum-wage-it-s-right-thing-do-hardworking-americ&gt;

 

The Podcast were direct words from the Vice President, Joe Biden. The Vice President is giving his thoughts on why the minimum wage prices should be increased. He feels that by raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would help people that work 40 hours a week not have to live in poverty. He doesn't think that a person should have to raise a family on a $15,000 a year salary. He says that by raising the minimum wage, a person could be making no less than $20,000 a year. He also says that it can be good for businesses.He says that by businesses paying their employees fairly the more loyal the employees will be to their employers business. This helps businesses because the employees are willing to work harder and to make sure everything runs smoothly at work.  He feels that by raising the minimum wage instead of tax breaks to the wealthy will be a better choice because the minimum wage worker will actually use the extra money to help feed their family or pay their bills. The Vice President also feel that by the minimum wage workers being able to pay their bills and putting food on the table for their family will help the economic growth in their communities.By raising the minimum wage, the gap of men making more money than women will get smaller. 

 

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USA-Today news letter

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Davidson, Paul. "Higher minimum wage paying off." USA Today 16 June 2014: 01B. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 July 2014.

 

USA Today is a good source for informing the public on how the minimum wage increase affects citizens and businesses first hand. USA Today is widely watched and well known around the country. Discussing topics from small issues to big, the news station has been able to present the general public with full coverage stories. It is slightly biased in favor of minimum wage, while having a fair display of both the help and harm it will cause. Speaking to minimum wage workers, they found it did not get them rich or high class, it simply made living easier. Smaller businesses had a harder time due to costs to employers. Most companies were able to slightly raise prices to compensate the higher pay, thus making a successful transition without making drastic changes. While the numbers are high in pros and cons, the overall result coming up is the pro outweigh the cons. This article interviews citizens from multiple positions, from low payed employees to business owners. 

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