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Do Now Round Up: Minimum Wage

| March 5, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Should there be a minimum wage? was last week’s question in our weekly Do Now. The issue addresses a few points: should there be one at all? Should the Federal Government raise the current minimum wage. Who would be affected by this? Students responded with insightful comments covering the full spectrum of this issue. Most of them identified how a minimum wage increase could be helpful and/or harmful.

President Obama endorsed the idea in his State of the Union address. He called for increasing the federal minimum wage in stages from $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015, and then linking further increases to the rising cost of living. Right now for most workers it is set at $7.25, where it has been since 2009. This adds up to $15,080 per year which is just about equal to the poverty level for a family of two.

Read student responses below.

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Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.
  • http://twitter Andrew barrel

    I can see both the positive and negative sides to increasing minimum wages in reaction to Obama’s proposal. I think raising the wages would be a good job but maybe not so rapidly. Perhaps 8$ an hour would be a fair raise as it would lift most minimum wage employees above the poverty line, and also keep businesses happy with the .75$ compromise. I think it would be good to establish a wage board that could monitor and review changes in pricing and adjust minimum wages appropriately to prevent inflation.

  • http://twitter Andrew barrel

    I can see both the positive and negative sides to increasing minimum wages in reaction to Obama’s proposal. I think raising the wages would be a good job but maybe not so rapidly. Perhaps 8$ an hour would be a fair raise as it would lift most minimum wage employees above the poverty line, and also keep businesses happy with the .75$ compromise. I think it would be good to establish a wage board that could monitor and review changes in pricing and adjust minimum wages appropriately to prevent inflation.