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What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?

Introduction

As the debate over raising the federal minimum wage continues to heat up in Washington, an increasing number of states around the country have taken matters into their own hands. 21 states have already raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25, and at least seven more are considering increases this year. But political leaders remain fiercely divided over whether raising the minimum wage will lift millions out of poverty or just lead to dramatic job reductions.

A basic breakdown of the issue is goes like this: Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty. However, opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.

Jason Furman, the White House’s chief economist, pointed out during a conference call with reporters, citing several economic papers, the employment effect of raising the minimum wage has been studied and debated endlessly over the decades. For the most part, economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.

What’s your position on this? Before answering, dig deeper into the issue with this animated slideshow on The Lowdown.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Debating Costs and Benefits of Boosting the Minimum Wage
Amid dialogue over how to reverse income inequality, both political parties are seizing on a report by the Congressional Budget Office that claims that raising the minimum wage could likely lift 900,000 families out of poverty, while possibly eliminating half-a-million jobs. Judy Woodruff talks to Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and David Neumark of University of California, Irvine for opposing takeaways on the report.


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NPR radio segment Raising Minimum Wage: A Help Or Harm?
Back in 1912, Massachusetts became the first place in America to introduce a minimum wage, but it would take another quarter century before a national minimum wage was set. President Franklin Roosevelt made it law in 1938, that any hourly worker had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. It was revolutionary, and very few countries had anything like it.

New York Times article The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage
The political posturing over raising the minimum wage sometimes obscures the huge and growing number of low-wage workers it would affect. An estimated 27.8 million people would earn more money under the Democratic proposal to lift the hourly minimum from $7.25 today to $10.10 by 2016.

LA Times article The Last Arguments Against Raising the Minimum Wage are Gone
In a sensible world, the newest government study of the economic effects of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would end the discussion. Here are the main points. See if you can guess which one has gotten the most headline play in the news.


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  • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech DanaeBoyd_Global_Issues

    Raising the minimum wage is favored by a majority of the people who are polled or who are asked about it but the “living wage” increases with inflation, we shouldn’t be distracted by the true problem that need to be addressed which is inflation. The purchasing power of the dollar is where we should laser our focus on, because as soon as the minimum wage is increased the costs of goods and services increase. This is a catch 22 situation. The purchasing power of the minimum wage earner in 1968 was greater than today as seen in this infographic below. The “living wage,” for an Adult with no children, in Dallas county Texas is $9.29 while the minimum wage is $7.25 this clearly shows that inflation and the cost of living exceeds a minimum wage at 40 hours a week. Which was just increased in 2009. http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 The recent house bill (H.R. 1010) that has been introduced in the House of Representatives phases in the increase for minimum wage to $10.10 within the next three years and includes an adjustment for inflation each year after that. However the congressional houses should also focus on measures to balance the increase in inflation and the cost of living expenses. It doesn’t matter how much a person makes if they are not making a “living wage” and have little to no disposable income.

    • jfk

      i agree with you. the problem is not how much minimum wage should be its how much we can purchase with the dollar. the minimum wage does need to go up but their are more cons then their are pros. by raising minimum wage yes you will give the employee more money but when you raise the aluminum wage you are also raising the price of the good thus the raise either balances out or becomes less than what they had before. this will also hurt our economy. in our current state it would be difficult to keep our heads above the water if the wages go up. in Michigan the minimum wage is $7.40. if we were to raise it all goods produced in Michigan would increase and if the federal minimum wage didn’t increase it would be impossible for the state of Michigan to compete in the market when other states or countries could produce it cheaper. we only would be hurting our selves. we need to find a happy medium where our wages equal our buying power that people can survive on. the more we raise wages the less our dollar will buy. according to the article attached over 50% of workers in the us are at or below minimum wage. and they are between the ages of 16 and 26. this goes to show if that as you expand your knowledge and gain more education you will be compensated.

      http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/04/5-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/

      • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech DanaeBoyd_Global_Issues

        I am glad you see my point. I did want to bring your attention to the site you referred. Actually if you look at the statistic carefully you referred to on the website, it is saying that of all those working for minimum wage, just over 50% are in the age group of 16 to 26. It means that almost half of those working for minimum wage are over the age of 26. That allows for conclusions to be made. It doesn’t mean that 50% of everyone working is working for minimum wage as you had stated earlier.

  • Nick M

    It would be favored and important everywhere across the country to raise the minimum wage to some extent, but it is more important in some states than others. Utah has one of the lowest minimum wages, and while this could and should be improved, it doesn’t necessarily need to match the $10 minimum wage being pushed for. While California for example, has one of the highest minimum wages at $8 per hour, it is also one of the most costly states to live, ranked 45th in the annual cost of living index. By contrast, Utah has a lowly minimum wage of $7.25, but is ranked 8th in the annual cost of living index. So, instead of raising a general minimum wage across the country, states should take a look at what really is the minimum wage to make a living in their respective state.

    Annual Cost of Living Index: http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/index.stm

  • Jackie Morgan

    I think one of the greatest problems in our country (and other countries for that matter) is the growing inequality. This inequality gap causes unhappiness and unrest, resulting in an overall poor quality living conditions. This gap is further increased with the wage earning differences. If we increase the minimum wage, workers are likely to be happier, stay at jobs longer, and most importantly, benefit the economy as a whole. Low wage workers are more likely to put their money directly back into the economy, so as we increase wages for workers, they will spend more, and therefore other workers will also benefit. From the New York Times article The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage, we know that workers that are making minimum wage are not teenagers flipping burgers, they are 35 year old adult with families. I think that raising the minimum wage is a good step forward.

    • Jasmine Masih

      I agree with you! If someone is working hard to provide for their family they should receive an appropriate amount of money. “Someone trying to support a family on today’s minimum wage does not even reach the federal government’s poverty line for a family of three. They would make about $14,500 per year. The federal poverty line for a family of three is $18,123. If the minimum wage was increased to a level at which families could sustain themselves, fewer people may end up needing government assistance for housing, food, or health care.”

      http://www.timeforaraise.org/benefits-of-raising-the-minimum-wage/

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Jackie, you stated in your argument that “If we increase the minimum wage, workers are likely to be happier, stay at jobs longer, and most importantly, benefit the economy as a whole.” If we increase the minimum
      wage, then think about all of the people who will lose their job. I think that it could benefit some people but as a whole, there are just as many cons as there are pros. So how exactly could it benefit the economy? Say you have an employer who has to pay all of his workers a certain amount, and then the minimum wage is raised. Then the employer has to pay all of his workers even
      more and that takes away from what he makes. Then maybe he decides to fire some of his employees so that he doesn’t have to pay as much money to as many people. This is a dilemma caused from the raise of
      minimum wage. The website below talks about how raising the minimum wage hurts the poor more than it helps them.

      http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/03/11/raising-the-minimum-wage-wont-help-the-poor

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      But if you look at the fact that raising minimum wage also cuts jobs and raises the price of goods do the positives really have as much of an effect as we think.

  • Victor Herrera

    Raising the minimum wage well other topic about money and it can affect people . Lets say we do raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 would people have to pay taxes on it ? Well at our current standard in utah if you make minimum wage some of your check automatically goes to the government but don’t have to file taxes .Well lets say your a college student you make $7.50 if we raise it $10.10 you would have money to pay for your education and not have get some many loans so you aren’t in debt for long hurry!!!! That is assuming you get a job of course .The working class of Americans deserve to get pay better so they don’t have to hold down multiple jobs ,therefore freeing up jobs see i bet that survey missed that. So this to me looks like a good thing to do let raise minimum wage .

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Victor, if the minimum wages are raised to $10.10, or even raised at all then more people will get laid off. Think about the employers, they aren’t going to want to pay more money to a lot of people so they might cut employees. This may put even more people in poverty! It’s easy to think about yourself or even other people getting paid more money because everybody wants more money but think about it from the other side. People who are working, getting paid minimum wage, are making a living. This website is non-biased and it talks about the effects of raising the minimum wages. One part says, “Among its findings: If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, it could eliminate half-a-million jobs, but it would also lift 900,000 families out of poverty and raise incomes for more than 16 million people.” So it depends on what your opinion is, it just seems like it would help some people get more money and other people would get cut off.
      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/debating-costs-benefits-of-boosting-minimum-wage/

  • davidjenny

    $8.75 should be the minimum wage in Utah. As approximately 80 percent of the state’s citizens reside in and around the capital city of Salt Lake City, a great breadth of Utah is essentially uninhabited. Forbes recently ranked Utah the extraordinary 2nd “Best State for Business.” (Utah.com)
    We do have an unemployment rate of 4%, a little less that the rest of America which is at 6.7% Utah’s is slowly dropping every year. About half of those working at minimum wage in Utah are over 21, so they most likely are not trying to single-handedly support a family. But it would be nice to have the extra cash to save up for college.

    • Daniel Voytovich

      I would have to say that the minimum wage should be $9.43 since that is the living wage for a single adult in Salt Lake City. Since people get a job so they can live, the minimum wage laws in America should be made so the minimum wage mimics the living wage in an area. This would make the minimum wage more dependent on who needs it to be changed. Sometimes uniform change is not always what is the best change, especially not in a country of over 300 million people. (http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/49035)

    • Sean McMinimee

      If half of those working at minimum wage are over 21, that’s still a huge amount of people that aren’t making enough money to get by and support a family. It’s that fraction of the population of Utah that needs the most help in this form. According to city-data.com roughly 21.1% of Utah households make under $20,000 a year. This is certainly a problem that needs to be addressed.

  • Abbie M.

    I believe that an increase in the minimum wage across the board would benefit not only the current working poor, but that US economy as well. Statistically, when people are making more, they are spending more. Although raising the minimum wage poses potential to decrease the sum total of jobs nationally, the amount of people who are projected to benefit from the increase is much higher. Each state is different however when it comes to cost of living; in Utah, the cost of living is very low, making it “easier” to get by on a minimum wage. Utah does have a very low percentage (under 5%) of workers making less than the minimum wage, but a large majority of workers earning the minimum wage, bringing in a total income of a little over %15,000 a year. That is an unacceptable income for a full time worker. I believe gradually raising the minimum wage a dollar or so per year until an equal balance and pay is achieved is a good plan.

    • Francesca Botto

      I agree that raise in the minimum wage would benefit a multitude of workers nationally. I think a very good point that you brought up is that not every state has an equal cost of living. California, New York, and other New England states have a composite cost of living greater than 115. Workers in these places would need an even higher raise. However, those who work in states such as Idaho and Mississippi need little if no raise in their minimum wage. I believe the best way is to calculate the proper minimum wage per state, then generalize a number that is beneficial to each one.

      • CJ_Bute2boydbence

        I disagree with you Francesca Botto that should raise the minimum wage. If you look at the table below, it shows that 995,000 workers will get affected by raising minimum wage. This means that lots of workers will get fired.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a very good point Abbie. It would make your really bad economy better. Your also right when it comes to the cost of living for each state. For most big companies it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I know where I live here in Dallas,TX it cost just one adult a lot just to get by. It cost $19,330 a year just to get buy. With this raise it will help people and hurt people, you can’t please everybody. This is the best we can do now and lets hope we can do better in the future to where we can please everybody.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I agree, the more money you have the more you spend which increases the amount of goods that people buy which is the real problem in our economy right now, not Obama or immigrants but the fact that people don’t want to spend there money, which causes business to make less money and need to fire costumers.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Abbie M,
      I agree with you. The numbers for the positivity of getting a high pay check is so much higher than the negative outcomes. One of a my close friends lives in Utah and she says that her life is so much easier and happier due to the less amount of money they owe and use. Here, they were using food stamps, not their own money,

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Raising the minimum wage is a good idea, if you can handle it. If anything, the minimum wage has decreased from how it was originally. In the 1980’s, people were payed the 2014 equivalent of $9.33. The minimum wage is currently at $7.25. There will be job losses, true. But I agree with you in saying that it’s for the better.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Abbie. I really liked your statement when you said that slowly raising the minimum wage until a balance is found. There are many advantages and disadvantages, due to the fact that this can help and hurt people in the United States. I think it is a beneficial idea that can help many people.

  • Fiona Boomer

    One thing to keep in mind when discussing American fiscal policy is that economic policies seek to establish good for all. That being said, raising the minimum wage must be studied from all perspectives to ensure good. Raising the minimum wage will be beneficially for the American economy INITIALLY– that has been proven. Those working for minimum wages will notice an instant increase in their pay and have more disposable income at hand. This money will then, in turn, be used to purchase goods and services, increasing productivity overall. But there is also something to keep in mind with the minimum wage: minimum wage has never been tied to inflation, that is, the minimum wage standard has only been adjusted at the need of the American people and Congress. Therefore, a higher minimum wage will adjust to match that of today. Prices will increase to match the increase in production costs and the minimum wage will feel the same as it does now. In order for the minimum wage to be a living wage, the dollar amount paid must be tied to inflation. The financial sector of the federal government should reevaluate the minimum wage yearly to ensure that is in fact a living wage.

  • iromano

    Raising the minimum wage will be met with certain inevitable consequences – both good and bad. That said, it is something that needs to be done. Sure inflation might occur and jobs might be lost initially – but all of that is cyclical, and ultimately a raise in minimum wage would greatly benefit the American economy. On a national level, earning the minimum wage puts an individual well below the poverty line. That should not be the case. In certain states – depending on the cost of living – minimum wage earners fare better than others. Utah – where I reside – has a relatively low cost of living. Therefore minimum wage earners in the great state of Utah seldom fall below the poverty line. That said, a raise is still very much in need. The poverty line is not a comfortable place. It should not appease citizens of this state that minimum wage earners are at or above the poverty line because they are still only earning roughly 15,000 dollars a year. That is not enough money to live. As I am not an economist nor an expert on the cost of living, I cannot propose an exact number for minimum wage. Workers in this state are demanding $10.25 – and I must say, that number doesn’t seem unreasonable to me. I believe the increase should be gradual, but minimum wage earners cannot continue living at the poverty line, and if that means a few jobs are temporarily lost in the process, so be it. The long-term benefits most definitely outweigh the temporary downfalls.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I really like the idea of gradually raising the wages! That seems like an easy way to ease into the higher wages, and seems like it would be a comfortable transition for everybody! Now, I can’t say I know what the wages are like in Utah, but as for Texas its $7.50 an hour and they want it raised to $10.10. If we were to go about using the method you talked about here and raised it over time, we should be on the fast teach to an overall economy by the time I graduate in 2017!

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree, a change in minimum wage will have both positive and negative effects. On one hand, the people who work for minimum wage will notice the changes almost immediately. But, on the other hand, they must get the money to pay them from somewhere, so most of the time they raise the costs of goods. This results in most people ending up in the same place they are now. Along with higher prices, there may be higher unemployment rates. If a company has to pay they workers more, they may not have as much money to higher more employees, so many people may be left with out a job.
      Also another thing to think about is that some people may not have much of an issue with minimum wage as others may. One reason this could be is because of the living wages vs the minimum wage.
      I have created an infographic that compares these different aspects in Dallas. This supports what I was saying before because, it shows how the cost of living in Dallas is a little lower than the national average. So, living in Dallas may not be as difficult to do because living wage is not as high. It also states the effect a rise in minimum wage may have in relation to unemployment.

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    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      Raising the minimum wage to 10.25 may work for some but not all.
      Minimum wage would need to be raised even higher for low income
      families, so in the end it seems that it hurts the economy more than it
      helps the people.

      http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113

  • A_dag

    Increasing the minimum wage will only increase inflation. Paying employees ten dollars an hour will give businesses the excuse to raise their prices, putting the minimum wage employees right back to where they started and increasing the already problematic national rate of inflation. We would also see such a large job reduction that it would reflect badly on Obama, who has been unable to lower the unemployment rate in any significant way in the last year.

    • Nikki J.

      I agree with you. Another reason that wages increasing wouldn’t be good, is that healthcare costs would go up as well. One of the most costly things for Americans is healthcare. If wages were raised, then employers could cut down on their workers hours, which wouldn’t allow many to reach the 50 hour threshold required for getting Obamacare. Minimum wages should not be raised because the more we raise wage, the higher inflation will be in the economy as well.

      http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/23/3-reasons-raising-the-minimum-wage-wont-fix-the-ec.aspx

    • Maliha M

      I am not too sure on my stance in this debate but what you are suggesting makes a whole lot of sense. in order to estimate what our future would resemble if we made such a big change in our nation, we gotta look back to the past patterns. Referencing to inflation like you had, i see a big pattern with wages rising parallel to inflation rates. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-28/minimum-wage-in-u-s-fails-to-beat-inflation-chart-of-the-day.html

    • Caroline P

      I agree with you, A_dag. There are better ways to aid the poor than to provide them with a minimum wage increase. Although it is a shame that we live in a nation where the wealth gap is significant, and only increasing, I really do not believe increasing the minimum wage. Recent studies show that increasing the minimum wage will increase the unemployment rates. I assume that a person would rather settle for a minimum wage than to be unemployed. Increasing the minimum wage will not alleviate those living in poverty, it will in fact, but a large portion of people out of jobs, and into a deeper cycle of poverty. To support this, a recent study showed that a minimum wage would only help 11.3% of workers, considering most of those who live in poverty are not working. So the argument to raise the minimum wage to stop the cycle of poverty is invalid. Expanding the earned income tax credit is more efficient and a more viable plan for our nation.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamdunkelberg/2012/12/31/why-raising-the-minimum-wage-kills-jobs/

      • CJ_Bute2boydbence

        I agree with you Carline P. that they should raise the minimum wage. If you look at the graph below, it shows that the minimum wage will affect people by firing workers and rising cost of goods, service, accessories, and personal stuff.

        • Caroline P

          nice! that is a great graphic.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      In this article about McDonalds it says that can double to minimum wages of their employees and make less money but still make a ton of money without even moving any prices of Big Macs. http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-could-double-wages-for-employees-and-make-less-money-2013-7
      Companies like this need to have a higher minimum wage because this companies are what make money and have plenty of it to spend.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point. Increasing the minimum wage will make employers raise their prices thus putting them right back where they started.”For the most part, economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.” They say that produces little to no job lose.”However, opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers” Bosses will want to keep more money thus firing people. Making that unemployment rate even greater.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that increasing the minimum wage could increase inflation, but I think the benefits would outweigh that. In this Q and A from minimum wage increase facts, it states that jobs would actually be increased, not decreased. I also mentions an economical benefit of 22 million dollars.

      http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov

  • Tanya

    The prices of things in our economy are raising, it’s costing more and more to get the things you need. In the past, the minimum wage of 7.25 worked because that was enough to get things when they were lower prices. Things are now more expensive, so the minimum wage needs to go up. How many workers can companies lay off? A company needs a certain amount of workers to stay as a company. A lot have already been laid off, I don’t think that many more are going to be laid off.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Corporations are making more money than they need to now a days. So raising the minimum wage up to $10.10 won’t be a very big deal to most corporations. On average in Dallas county it cost $19,330 a year just to make it by at the bear minimum. http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 Also to make that money takes $9.29 for a full time job just to make it barely.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I agree with what your saying, things cost more money now than they used to and if people working minimum wage jobs can’t afford to buy things that are simple like housing and food than there isn’t a point to them working the job.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Tanya, that is a good point, the cost of things are getting a lot higher so you would think that a raise in the minimum wage would help in that way but then again, there are other ways of making more money. You could work for more hours to make a living. Part of people being in poverty is that they don’t have a job. Not that they aren’t getting paid enough, but that they aren’t employed at all. If you are working, then you make a living. Also, when you talked about “A company needs a certain amount of workers to stay as a company. A lot have already been laid off, I don’t think that many more are going to be laid off.” well, the people who are running the company aren’t necessarily thinking about the person they are laying off when they do it, they are thinking about the benefits of themselves and the company. People will continue to get laid off. Sometimes a company can’t afford to keep someone employed. Sometimes they can’t pay them so they have to let them go. The first picture shows the percentage of families and individuals below the poverty level and the second picture shows the simulated poverty rate for people through the year 2023.

      • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

        Also, there are people who are are working 40 hours at minimum wage that are still struggling to make ends meet, but there are other solutions. Maybe that being that they need to look for another job. Some people can work that amount at minimum wage and get by okay because they might not have a family to provide for but there are others that will either need to work more, or they need to look for a higher paying job. That’s just how life is. Government also steps in and pays the people in poverty a certain amount a month to get them going.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Tanya, I agree. Back then 1 dollar was worth more than todays dollar. So when they had a minimum wag of $7.25, it was enough for them back them. But today is not back then. So we need to update and fix this. Harkin said that “If my proposal went through, a $15,000 a year worker will make $20,000 a year,” he says. “You know $5,000 a year is significant to someone in that category. [It] may not get them out of poverty, but it makes life better.” says 50-year-old Margaret Lewis.

    • Guest

      Tanya,
      That is a great point, the costs of most goods are rising, and that means people would need to make more money to then purchase these goods. So, when you think about it that way it would make sense to raise minimum wage. But, there is another part to this. Think about it, if minimum wage goes up, yes, that means people are getting paid more but, you have to get the money to pay them from somewhere. A way many companies do that is they mark up prices, whether that be food and drinks at a restaurant, gas prices, clothing prices, etc.
      Over all, while it may seem to be a great idea to raise minimum wage there are many other areas that are effected when you do so.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Tanya,

      That is a great point, the costs of most goods are rising, and that means people would need to make more money to then purchase these goods. So, when you think about it that way it would make sense to raise minimum wage. But, there is another part to this. Think about it, if minimum wage goes up, yes, that means people are getting paid more but, you have to get the money to pay them from somewhere. A way many companies do that is they mark up prices, whether that be food and drinks at a restaurant, gas prices, clothing prices, etc.
      Over all, while it may seem to be a great idea to raise minimum wage there are many other areas that are effected when you do so.

      This article talks about how in a rise minimum wage could make the cost of a Big Mac increase. This is just one example of how many prices will rise if minimum wage raised.

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/07/price-of-big-mac-could-rise-by-68-cents-if-minimum-wage-doubles/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I don’t know if some people can really handle having to work 2 jobs just to support themselves. Some people can’t be trusted to have a higher wage and use it to provide for themselves because some people like to cheat the system.

      Some companies can’t provide higher wages for workers not out of greed, but out of their own poverty. In order to combat this, some places have started using technology to replace workers. Screens instead of actual people seem to be a method that would be a profitable replacement instead of giving a constant income to those who ask for more.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I understand a dollar won’t buy you as much as it used to, but I don’t think minimum wage should go up. If we do raise minimum wage then the value of a dollar will decrease even more and it will turn into a never ending cycle. We need to take control of this situation now, and put the value back in our dollar. Also John Boehner made a good point when he said “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it. At a time when Americans are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?” (found on http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/10/minimum-wage ) Whether unemployment raises or not, it is still a major issue. The minimum wage should not be raised, but the value of it needs to.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      If companies raise the minimum wage the cost to make goods and pay
      salary goes up. Which means so does unemployment. Economists predict
      that if minimum wage is raised 500,000 people will lose their job. It
      simply hurts the economy and puts more people on the streets.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    Child labor laws are ruining this country.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      i agree

      • JTM_3boydbence

        Preach it brother.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          We always will

  • Alec Viera

    A massive part of the reason why minimum wage workers find it difficult to find work in this day and age, even with min wage level increases in a feeble attempt to adjust to inflation, is the rise of technology. More jobs require new skill sets. I’m guessing what we consider as “minimum wage jobs” in the US today will dramatically change in the next 20 years. In my area, one definitely can’t find proper living just on min wage, they need multiple jobs or have to live in surrounding areas. I think the question isn’t whether or not to raise minimum wage, but to first analyze what jobs are more people going to need to train for.

    #stepp8

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you. You can’t live off of one job you have to work multiple jobs just to make it by. Even in the past they were making more money than we are right now. http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/pages/qanda
      I say they need to bring it up a little. (this from my point of view)

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    Making minimum wage higher is great for some people and really bad for others. They are thinking of moving the minimum wage up from $7.25 to $10.10. (http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995) From the corporation side it is terrible because that means you have to either give the works more money or cut some of the staff down. But from the worker side its awesome because that means more money for them. There is a lot that can go wrong from this having a higher minimum wage means thing will cost more. This will probably cause a problem in our economy because if people make more the prices tends to follow.

    • carlos a

      I agree with the fact that it could be both good and bad because if they raise the minimum wage businesses will have to lay off some people and raise there prices. It will be good for those who do get a raise because many of them are working on minimum wage to feed there families and raising it will make it easier for them to feed their families but some of those people may get layer off. http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/a_minimum_wage_hike_will_hurt.html

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    By raising the minimum wage you make a lot of people happy and at the same time you make people mad. “Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty. However, opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” Bosses are mad cause they don’t get to keep more money for them, as a result they fire people to keep more money. People make more than the used to, so that makes them happy and raises all those people above poverty.” For the most part, economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.” Overall this should have no effect, should have no effect. I guess we will have to wait and see what will happen. I just hope everybody is happy and satisfied with the result.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe the minimum wage is too high for some people. The only people who are ok with the minimum wage raising are people who have really good jobs or they have forgotten that as soon it increased the costs of goods and services will increase too. This website shows the “living wage” for adult by themselves or with kids http://livingwage.mit.edu/states/48. Which is for an adult with no children is $9.29. If you are adult with kids “living wage” is $18.41-21.93 depending on how many kids you have. They shouldn’t raise the minimum wage up from $7.25 to $10.10. Since in the article it states, “Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about 900,000
    people would be moved out of poverty. However, opponents feel that this
    increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” Which means if it increases more people will get fried, since bosses
    are mad cause they don’t get paid more to keep them. Also if you look at the graph below we have the highest minimum wage. We don’t need to go any higher, it is enough.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      It also says in the article that a economist referencing studies on this topic said that raising the minimum wage doesn’t have a big impact on employment rates. Since both things are stated in the article you can’t just take one and pick and choose for whats helpful.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe the minimum wage is too high for some people. The only people
    who are ok with the minimum wage raising are people who have really good
    jobs or they have forgotten that as soon it increased the costs of
    goods and services will increase too. This website shows the “living
    wage” for adult by themselves or with kids
    http://livingwage.mit.edu/states/48. Which is for an adult with no
    children is $9.29. If you are adult with kids “living wage” is
    $18.41-21.93 depending on how many kids you have. They shouldn’t raise
    the minimum wage up from $7.25 to $10.10. Since in the article it
    states, “Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about
    900,000 people would be moved out of poverty. However, opponents feel
    that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000
    workers.” Which means if it increases more people will get fried, since
    bosses are mad cause they don’t get paid more to keep them. Also if you
    look at the graph below we have the highest minimum wage. We don’t need
    to go any higher, it is enough.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    Just in the city of Dallas, the cost of living varies greatly. If you were to live in a suburb like Coppell you would have a higher price than someone living in South Dallas. The cost of living index for Coppell is 101 and for South Dallas/Dallas is 92, compared to the nation’s average of 100. If the cost of living is higher you would need more money in order to make ends meet.
    Like said before, in a place like Coppell the cost of living is higher. With the cost of living higher the the nation’s average and Texas having the same minimum wage law as the federal government ($7.25), it may be a little bit more difficult for many people with minimum wage to make ends meet. If you were to make minimum wage and work full time (40 hours a week), you would make about $290 a month, times 12 months would be $1,160 in a year. According to http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 , you would need to have about $19,330 in income a year. That means about $1,610.84 a month. This means that with minimum wage, in the city of Coppell, you would have to give up many luxuries in order to make ends meet. By raising the minimum wage to $10.10 it would benefit many of the people in Coppell because, now that would be able to make ends meet. “For the most part, economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.” This was said in the introduction by, Matthew Green. By raising the minimum wage it would help many people and if is said that changing the wage will produce little to no job losses than I believe that they should take a chance, it would potentially help many people.

    http://www.areavibes.com/coppell-tx/cost-of-living/

    http://www.areavibes.com/dallas-tx/cost-of-living/

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    I think that increasing the minimum wage would not have the apocalyptic effect that people seem to think that it will, just because they companies have to pay thee employees more doesn’t mean that they will inflate prices and fire all there employees, while some would use the excuse many corporations could more than easily afford to make the pay increase and not have any need to raise there prices. Not only that but this is the federal minimum wage, it is not something that states have to follow but simply a suggestion for them. Even if they raised the federal minimum wage states might not raise theirs just because of it. I feel that raising the minimum wage would either be a positive thing for the economy or wold be neutral, but i don’t think that it could cause the 500,000 job losses that the opponents of the articles predict.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    There shouldn’t be a raise in the minimum wage because it could cause a lot of job losses. A lot of states have raised the minimum wage and more are considering raising the minimum wage. During the introduction video one of the women said, “I don’t think we need to choose between the earned income tax credit which is a good program and raising the minimum wage. The truth is that if you are working for a living, you shouldn’t be in poverty.” The website below talks about the political posturing over raising the minimum wage. “An estimated 27.8 million people would earn more money under the Democratic proposal to lift the hourly minimum from $7.25 today to $10.10 by 2016.” The only problem with this is that while there are people who are earning more money from the raise of minimum wage, there will be a lot of people who lose jobs because the employer wouldn’t want to pay more money to a lot of people. They may also put more of the money into their products. You would think that by raising the minimum wage a lot less people would be in poverty, but because of the job losses, there could potentially be more.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html?_r=0

  • Fiona Boomer

    Before discussing minimum wage, it should be noted that American fiscal policies are meant to foster good for all. That is the ultimate fundamental theory of economics. That being said, the effects of raising of the minimum wage must be studied from all perspectives to ensure good. Rasing the minimum wage would be highly beneficial INITIALLY– this has been proven. Those working for minimum wages will notice an immediate rise in salary and have more disposable income at hand, which would then, in turn, be spent and cycled back through the economy. This would boost the American economy as well the morale of the workforce. But extending the effects of this wage increase will raise to major concerns: price increases and stagnant wages. When considering raising the minimum wage it is important to remember where the money needed to pay workers more would accrue. In order for higher wages, the cost of production increases; therefore, the prices paid by consumers must also increase. We must also remember that the minimum wage has never been tied to inflation. This means that over time, the wage increase will adjust with inflation and money earned will have less spending power. The increased wage will no longer be the sought for “living wage”. These issues are great in size and impact, but there is a solution: tying the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index and inflation. The minimum wage paid to workers should be evaluated annually so that is always remains a “living wage”. This solution remains totally in the hands of Congress in that it could be easily done using initiative and planning. This wage floor can no longer be viewed as a finite number, but as a value that changes with the spending power of the dollar.
    http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/next-wave-of-state-minimum-wage-proposals-would-index-to-inflation-85899459281

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Fiona,

      You bring up a lot of good points. I agree that raising minimum wage has its pros and cons. At first it may help many people, like you said, “Those working for minimum wages will notice an immediate rise in salary and have more disposable income at hand…” but, there is a good chance that over time that will change. Like you mentioned, a something to realize is that, as the minimum wage rises, so does the cost of goods. Think about it, if we are getting payed more, then we will have to pay more for the things that we buy. So, in a way, it sort of brings us back to where we started. People are not able to make ends meet because they are paying more and more for everyday things like, food, gas, clothes, etc.

      This image give you a good visualization of what I was saying.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I disagree I believe that if we raise the minimum wage price we would be making easier for people to take advantage for people to work part time on minimum wage and make a good living. i feel like you need to earn money the hard way.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I can speak first hand on this, For some time my family was supported on one income and that was minimum wage. It was really hard to do anything and to make ends meet. Yes the points you made are good and solid, but I have to say that I disagree with you completely. Raising the minimum wage’s would be a fabulous idea for most everyone involved!

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      I love the idea of “living wage” instead of minimum wage. We do need something that American citizens can live on, not just survive on. When we raise minimum wage the cost of products will raise with it and that will make minimum wage hard to live on and and change nothing. If we create a “living wage” where products don’t go up in price to the point that raising minimum wage is pointless then we will have changed something for the better.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, you bring up a good point saying that people with minimum wages will notice a big increase in their salary, and that will help them a lot, but we also have to consider that after a few months or a year people will start to take advantage of this raise and they will start to just work part time jobs and still get a good salary. I do believe that the minimum wage should be raised to help people that need it but we also have to consider those who don’t and may take advantage of it.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      You bring up some very good points. I am also very impressed that you can see it from both perspectives. I especially like the idea of having a living wage, so that even if the value of the dollar changes, people would still be able to survive.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      Dear Fiona,
      I agree with you on the fact that raising the minimum wage would be very beneficial. Increasing the minimum wage would help many people below the poverty line rise over it. People would be able to pay their bills and still have money to buy groceries, clothes, and other things needed. If there is a way to get people out of poverty then I believe it should be done. With this wage increase 900,000 people will be brought above the poverty line.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      You bring up a lot of good points. I agree that the minimum wage should be evaluated annually so that it remains a “living wage” because a lot of teenagers that have jobs don’t always earn enough money to take care of themselves. Since the gas prices are increasing, it is making it harder to have more money to spend on food and other personal needs.

      • Rosa Chea

        Hello Riley. I agree that the minimum wage should be evaluated annually. Prices of things like gas, food, and clothing go up every year and in my opinion so should wages.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      As the dollar’s value changes, the minimum wage should change as well, but at the current state of where I live, the min wage should increase, just not to the amount they think it needs to be. As shown in the link below, if the wage is increased then many people will lose their jobs. However, some increase is needed, so I think it should increase by a small amount.

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/28/obama-to-raise-federal-minimum-wage-in-executive-action-tied-to-state-union/

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Fiona, I agree with you. Re-evaluating the minimum wage annually would ensure that it remains a “living wage”. It must depend on the value of a dollar. Very well said. Look at this diagram below: It shows the minimum wages in each US state. My question is: Why can’t the minimum wage be at least the living wage in each state?

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I do not agree with parts of this but if we look at this in a more economical way. I choose to look at it this way because most business owners look at it like this. The higher the prices of paying employes goes up the more the prices will go up. Or they will cut corners and let down on benefits. It is a double edged sward.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Fiona,
      I disagree, the effects of raising it are not worth it. This decision would ruin the economy locally, and internationally.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      Fiona,

      I agree with you. This is from a website listing all the pros of raising minimum wage and this one caught my eye.
      “Q: Who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage?

      A: Everyone.

       Raising the minimum wage injects money into the economy. An increase to $10.10 would generate some $22 billion in increased economic activity and create 85,000 additional jobs.

       A $10.10 minimum wage would raise the pay of 28 million workers nationwide, generating $35 billion in increased compensation for working families.

       A $10.10 minimum wage would lift 4.6 million Americans out of poverty, and raise the incomes of the lowest wage workers by an average of $1,700.

       The additional household income would benefit some 14 million children.”

    • SpencerH_4

      i don’t agree with you because if we did rase it to 10.10 a hour the problem of inflation would start to occur and then about i believe 900,000 people would be out of a job!

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Fiona, you are correct. Initially, we will be able to see the benefits of raising the minimum wage, but as time goes on problems will become more noticeable. The new minimum wage will still not be sufficient to live off of. Also, inflation will become a HUGE issue. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will result in prices rising. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 leads to very few good end results, therefore we should not raise the minimum wage to $10.10 but possibly a $9.00, two step option proposed by the Congressional Budget office at this link: http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995

    • taylor shropshire

      I agree with you because if we raise salary the amount we pay for things. its a cycle and it is a set cycle that will be very hard to break!

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you fiona I feel like it is going to do good for all like the american fiscal policies intended it to.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Fiona, you are correct. Initially the raise in the minimum wage would be good for the people whose paychecks are increasing. But in the long run, raising the minimum wage has lots of negative things such as the unemployment rate will increase. I read the following quote from The Washington Post, “Better yet would be an even more transparent approach: a government subsidy to businesses that hire low-wage workers. So, for instance, if Walmart paid an employee $7 per hour, the government would chip in $4 to bring that hourly wage up to $11 per hour. Firms don’t pay more, but employees earn more.” This is a good point that they made. Even though the government might not want to spend money on this, it would be a good alternative. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/11/nobel-winner-edmund-phelps-on-his-plan-to-help-low-wage-workers-without-raising-the-minimum-wage/

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree if we raised the MMW. every were it could really mess up the economy everywhere. Instead we should raise it in places that are more expensive to live in.

      • Trevor D.

        I disagree on some parts but i also partially agree with that fact that it should be raised. The only reason minimum wage should be raised is if you are doing work that requires you to do tasks that are worth the wages you earn. For example people working at McDonald s and getting paid 10 dollars an hour is a total crock. the work people do at McDonald’s and places like that is maybe worth 5 dollars an hour. They simply don’t do tasks that are worth 10 dollars an hour. You have people working their butts off day in and day out doing things like being small buisness owners, or doing construction work, or anything that requires a ton of effort and energy and they get paid the same as someone flipping a few burgers, requiring zero talent and hardly any effort. I also don’t see how people expect small buisness owners to pay workers when they have to pay out almost 4 dollars more per hour to every worker they have, that kills the potential profits of the buisness. Overall i think wages should be determined based on the difficulty of work and the things you do at work.

        http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/03/11/raising-the-minimum-wage-wont-help-the-poor

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I really like the way that you look at this issue and holes with the plan that have been overlooked by others. And I wholeheartedly agree. I see what most pro-wages are looking at, with initial raise of income and productivity. I also see how this can easily and soon turn around to bite all of us in the butt. I really enjoy the additional logic that you tied into this as well as the involvement with the whole economy. Also to be considered is the unemployment rate of workers who already have jobs, and overall would not benefit and actually get hurt from this plan. Attached is a cartoon that I feel accurately represents the situation and would become even more relevant if this law is passed everywhere.
      Cartoon: http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/images/uploads/min_wage_copy.jpg

    • the_real_david_bowie

      I agree with Fiona because
      the short term effects may be negative however the long term effects would
      allow us to have a higher quality of life. The argument that ~500,000 workers
      would be out of a job is intimidating but if we have more people out of poverty
      and paying taxes it will be easier to offer financial aid services and help
      finding work so in the long run the job needs of the nation more efficiently
      than a bunch of workers just struggling to pay for their rent, taxes and basic
      needs. Also people would have more money to live on .

      link http://www.alternet.org/economy/top-5-reasons-why-raising-minimum-wage-good-you-and-me

  • Breanna R

    Today “minimum wage’ DOES NOT CUT IT , living in Fresno , California , may be cheap to live in compared to Los Angeles or by the beach , but everybody has bills to pay and by the end of the month , we are just simply broke waiting for our next check , I’m even on welfare and we are still struggling , if only things would go down like food prices , gas , and etc . They say they want to help us but look , but probably more than 80% is STILL struggling

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Breanna, I agree. surviving just on minimum wages is not enough. “People who are making the minimum wage, basically they’re spending just about all their money because they don’t have much left,””

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Breanna,
      I couldn’t agree more. Families are struggling a lot, and in Dallas the minimum wage isn’t enough to support one person, let alone an entire family.
      As you can see in this chart, the more people the more the struggle. A single parent with a job should not be struggling this much.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Minimum wage should be higher because some people DO need the cash.
      But you also have to think of what would happen if we do that. McDonald’s pays $10 per hour which causes prices to raise which causes income to lower which causes a whole mess of things. It’s not just as simple as changing numbers and have everything be okay. Not every company can handle such a big cost for millions of workers.

    • David_N_2

      I agree! People are struggling because of the current minimum wage. In the link I have posted, you can see that Texas has a minimum wage is $7.25 and a living wage of an adult is $8.76. You can see clearly that those two amounts do not match. Now, seeing families struggle is such a horrible thing to see. Not being able to feed themselves should not be existent, therefore the minimum wage should at least be at the living wage. With a higher minimum wage comes with a higher responsibility. You shouldn’t use the money you make on needless items. Of course, people should have a source of entertainment of some sort, but it seems that modern day middle class families have such a huge stock of expensive luxurious item that they don’t need. A family that has an XBox, Wii, Playstation, or other products and are complaining about low wages shouldn’t. Thinking about what you need and what you can get once the time is right should help you drastically. This is just one example of those in the same situation should think about. For those who really need the increased wage should have a minimum wage equal to the living wage.

  • T.J.

    well a lot people that has jobs around me is still struggling cause everything is so much now and days

  • A. Hall

    c.
    I believe the minimum wage should be raised because a lot of people are still struggling and they need more money to help them get by. Raising minimum wage would be a good idea..

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you because A full-time minimum wage worker earns around $14,500 a year, meaning that if she has two kids she lives at $3,000 below the poverty line. The wage isn’t enough to make rent in any state in the country. But raising it to $10.10 an hour would lift nearly 6 million workers out of poverty according to: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/24/2346781/five-reasons-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-right-now/#

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I believe that you are correct. If you look at this website, it shows 5 different reasons on why minimum wage should be raised. http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/top_5_reasons_why_raising_the_minimum_wage_is_good_for_you_and_me_salpart/ It makes a ton of good points. Also go in depth a bit more. I understand that raising it would be good, but why?

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I disagree because unemployment would increase and so would prices on goods.That definitely does not help. A new survey reports that if Congress raises the current minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, there will be catastrophiceffects. Among private employers paying the minimum wage, 38% will fire workers, 54% will reduce the number of employees they hire, and 65% will raise the prices on the goods and services they provide.
      http://goo.gl/4RJfZJ

  • http://youtube.com/pronztv kevin R.

    I think minimum wage should be 9 dollars if its too high then people will be left without a job because companies wont be able to employ them,but if its too low then people wont be able to live off of the little money they get from minimum wage.And another thing.How do we not have lightsabers yet?ITS LIKE SCIENTISTS AREN’T EVEN TRYING!!

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Kevin I agree but according to Harkin this will work.”$9.88 an hour, it would increase wages for 30 million Americans — 10 percent of the country.” “Harkin estimates that his minimum wage increase would mean about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs and 28 million Americans would get a raise.”

      http://www.npr.org/2012/07/08/156458470/raising-minimum-wage-a-help-or-harm

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I don’t think raising the minimum wage to $10.10 is too much.

      http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov states that there would be an economical benefit of 22 million dollars as well as creating more jobs. (The suggested number is 85,000.

      May I also add that if the increase was only up to $9, even people without a family or kids would still struggle. A single person living in Dallas county needs at least $9.25 in order to get by.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that we should raise minimum wage but if I may ask why would you say a dollar and ten cents less than what people want to raise it to? If we raise minimum wage in general but the fact that you only made it a dollar less interests me. Also if we are a dollar short families are still going to be struggling, making it $10.10 makes it defiant.

  • Trong Y.

    I think raising the minimum wage will make it easier for everyone. The higher the minimum wage, the harder people work for it.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Raising an already guaranteed wage won’t make people work harder. If anything they’ll meet the minimalist requirements so they still make the product and get payed. A weekly salary is justified on how hard you work. When the same amount of money is payed Either way it kind takes in the idea that people probably won’t work as hard. The type of decides if a person will work harder. However if the money is guaranteed then why try harder.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      People will not work harder just because they are earning more, this is because their wage is a guarantee. The only time that people MIGHT work harder is when they are working for tips, because (in a perfect world) the harder people work, the more tips they get. I disagree with you 100% I feel like most of the lower class that is working for minimum wage does not work hard, otherwise (in my opinion) they would not be in the lower earning class

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I do not think people will work harder if the minimum wage is higher. If the minimum wage rises, it will just make more people want more jobs. And with the unemployment rate already as high as it is, I do not think raising the amount of money earned is a good idea. With people getting more money, more people will want jobs. But the unemployment will keep that from happening, if not actually RAISING the rate.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      I think people would be happy for a little bit that they are making more money, but then after a while they would go back to their normal routine of not working as hard as they should. Raising the minimum wage would also raise the national debt and lower the value of the american dollar.

      • David_N_2

        In that point of view, then yes, minimum wage should be avoided.
        I believe that the minimum wage will be a good thing for people to find the motivation to find a job or work harder, but being humans, we will gradually start to want more and start to work less efficiently. If minimum wages were to increase, then it could cause that problem. Debt is also an issue. If people were to be payed more, that could lead to being forced to print more dollars, which leads to inflammation and lesser dollar value. Although, I am for minimum wage increase, I believe that if people were to cease their laziness, then we would not have such a big of an issue.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      People will not work harder just because they are earning more, this is because their wage is a guarantee. The only time that people MIGHT work harder is when they are working for tips, like being a waiter.

  • fgsvbg espinola

    I think that minimum wage for all states should be around $10.10. I live in California and making $10.10 would be more than enough to survive and here its expensive living here and to be honest its not that bad of a raise, it sounds fair enough to where you don’t have to worry about losing your job.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I can’t say I’ve ever lived in California, but I imagine that the cost of living is much like the cost down here in the Dallas Fort Worth area! Of corse we don’t have the beaches, but we do however have a very wide variety of people living on different wages. Raising minimum wage to $10.10 would help to bring a little bit more balance to everyone, and make everyone happier overall!

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Do you believe that all jobs are even worth $10.10 per hour? I can think of many jobs that are to simple or to easy to be worth $0.16 per minute. Its not fair to force companies to pay people for work that is not worth the money. Besides, minimum wage jobs are an entry into the work force. Minimum wage/hourly jobs are not supposed to be used to lived off of for long. People that have kids should not have a minimum wage job, because by the time they have kids and/or a spouse, they should have moved up in the company because they worked hard. The other option, is to go join the military. Their are many jobs in the military that you can do that wont put you in the line of fire, or have you go out on deployments. I do not understand why minimum wage workers that are not happy with their job don’t join the military; other then the fact that the military requires an actual work ethic. The same work ethic that would get someone a high school diploma or a college degree. This chart shows how the number of minimum wage workers with a college degree is going down, while those without a high school diploma are going up even faster then those with a high school diploma. I feel like their is always a way to better yourself in this world if you work hard. The problem with minimum wage workers is that they want something for nothing, and want more money without putting in the work to attain that money.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      fgsvbg espinola,

      I agree with you that for states with higher amounts of living it would be a good
      idea to higher the minimum wage. I live in the Dallas area and the living wage
      is $9.29 per hour. For them to be only paying $7.25 on minimum wage some families
      cant make it. An option for these families is to get another job or have their
      kids work for some money. A cause for kids dropping out of school might be they
      have to help provide money for their family. To keep kids in school, I think
      that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would be a great idea.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you. Raising the minimum wage WILL bring 200,000 people out of poverty but in the introduction to this article it says “opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” It is likely that at least 200,000 of that 500,000 will fall into poverty after losing their jobs and then we are back where we started and prices are raised. It will also be harder to find work because it will be too expensive to pay many employees.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      With the raise of money in employment comes the raise of people wanting jobs. Yes, we need to help people in poverty. But I think we need to come up with other ways. Risking the rise of unemployment rate is not a very good idea.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      Increasing minimum wage would help for a few months and then the prices for many many things would go up and we would be having the problem with minimum wage what we are having now all over again. Also did you think about the national debt? What would happen if we (the nation) just started printing even more money? The value of the american dollar would plummet. Even though we would be walking around with $100 bills in our pockets we would be suffering.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I agree with what you said. I do agree that some jobs should be risen to this kind of money, but I wouldn’t say that ALL jobs are worth this kind of money. Yes, it would be nice, but I think some jobs should still be raised, but not as much. Even so, raising the wage is great, but in an article it states that “$7.25 is far too low”. There is no perfect way to settle the wages, but once it is all thought out, then perhaps things will work out.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html?_r=1

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, this would let most have a better living, but i don’t think the price should be that high in all the states. I live in Texas and this could cause massive unemployment.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I understand your point, however I don’t believe raising minimum wage will solve the problem. If we raise minimum wage then yes people would make more money, but that money wouldn’t be worth what it is now. “What cost $20 in 2010 would cost $21.33 in 2013.” (found on http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi ) As you can see our money has been slowly losing its value over time. So even if we raise the minimum wage by a few dollars it won’t make a difference because by raising minimum wage the value of a dollar will decrease even more.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      The national debt is about $17,560,823,245,721.83. It’s still increasing by 2.75 billion per day. We. Cannot. Afford. This. I lived in South California, near Los Angelos. The proverbial “City of Angels” wasn’t so angelic, living wise. It may be expensive to live there, and everywhere else in California, but raising minimum wage will just make it worse. When I lived there, inflation got really, really, bad. Cost of living went up, and the same will happen here if we raise it higher. Inflation isn’t completely noticeable at first but these rising costs will just cause even higher costs, and therefore make companies have to lay off people because they won’t be able to pay as many people. Unemployment will increase, and the value of te dollar goes down as well as we print more money.

  • Trong Y.

    { Jessica T }
    i think depending on where you live should determine how much you should get paid however a higher wage means taxes goes up so it should be higher in my opinion however not so high that taxes sky rocket

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because California’s statewide minimum wage is $8/hour. But in order to pay for basic living expenses, a single California resident with no children actually needs to make more like $11.20/hour. According to: http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2013/07/23/calculating-the-real-cost-of-living-in-calfornia/. While in texas the cost of living is way cheaper.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I completely agree with you. We don’t need anything bad happening by raising minimum wage, but it would be helpful if we did raise. Raising it “from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses” This is good for us because it causes little to no problems and it keeps a lot of people happy.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      I didn’t think about this before but I agree with you. The wages should be based on where you live and not be so high as they devastate the economy.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Trong. I never thought about this until you brought it up, so thanks for bringing it up. I do believe we should raise minimum wage, but not raise it so much that the prices in goods and products go up, taxes start going up, etc. It is beneficial to everyone and helps millions of Americans.

  • A. Hall

    “Minimum Wage?” I think it should be raised in my area because people struggling on bills , keeping gas in their car, keeping food in their house, having clothes on their back, and keeping a house. People need enough money for all this and minimum wage its cutting it.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I understand what you are saying, I agree that the people who are struggling need minimum wage to rise, but, have you thought about the other effects this could have. Yes, at first raising the minimum wage will have some major benefits. The people who work for minimum wage will notice the change almost immediately. But, the money they are getting payed with has to come from somewhere, and a lot of the time it comes from the increase in costs of goods. If minimum wage rises it will cause the costs of goods to rise as well, resulting in the same issue we have now, people that are having trouble making ends meet. Plus, if minimum wage workers are being payed more then, the company has to reserve more money to pay each individual employee with resulting in the decrease of new jobs.

      This infographic states a couple facts about minimum wage. One of which, I have mentioned.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      While raising wages can help people, think about this. People are barely making it on their minimalist salary. So there company raises wages about $2. Eventually they have a higher payroll, then they take out more and more money to make those payrolls. Eventually They run low on funds so they let many needed workers go. The quality of the product diminishes and eventually the company shuts down all together. Really raising minimum wage could cause more problems then ending them.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      People who are struggling financially are the primary target to deceive with the “benefits” of raising minimum wage. But I’m going to hit you with some reality. If the wages reach more than $10 most companies are statistically going to cut staff, raise prices and lower their employment. This won’t help people pay bills, this will cause these bills to get more expensive. According to this article, (http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/17002-economists-speak-out-against-minimum-wage-increase) as many as 1 million jobs could be lost over the next projected 2 years! How can you pay bills without a job?

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      if you raise minimum wage then it will be even harder because companies are going to fire people and then the people who are struggle will literally have next to nothing.

    • E C

      I agree because prices are rising for everything from the cost of living to the cost of food. People don’t have enough money for everything.

    • Lea

      I disagree because people need to learn to conserve on materials and not spend so much money on unnecessary things. Raising the minimum wage won’t help those who want to go into the working business because there will be more competition for those who want a higher wage.

      • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

        Lea I agree instead of raising the minimum wage people learn to save. in the first lace minimum wage jobs are men’t for teens getting into their work carrer. yes there are people struggling who are older that teens and they are still working minimum wage jobs but maybe we help just help without raising the minimum wage and risking lots of people their jobs.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you. Minimum wage should vary between cities depending on the size of each. “21 states have already raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25, and at least seven more are considering increases this year.” States should continue considering this, but they need to consider it while thinking about how to make the most people happy; by getting as many as they can out of poverty, but also trying to keep everybody’s job.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Women are affected the most right now due to minimum wage. Women make up 2/3rds of the American minimum wage earnings. To help woman get to higher paying jobs, raising the price of minimum wage will impact the 13.1 million earning $7.25 an hour now. As of right now females make 77 cents for every dollar a males earns. Raising minimum wage will help millions get out of debt they are in now.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree. People have been struggling with basic needs. ABC News recently did some interviews with actual people who have to deal with minimum wage. This should really change anyone’s mind if they’re against the idea.

      Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/17-million-reasons-raise-minimum-wage/story?id=23054905

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      I agree, people should be able to easily sustain themselves and not struggle to get through a month. Increasing the minimum wage would definitely help with this.

      • Lbateman_2boydbence

        Increasing minimum wage would help for a few months and then the prices for many many things would go up and we would be having the problem with minimum wage what we are having now all over again. Also did you think about the national debt? What would happen if we (the nation) just started printing even more money? The value of the american dollar would plummet. Even though we would be walking around with $100 bills in our pockets we would be suffering.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      Though I agree with you, I still think we should take the unemployment rate into consideration. With the raise of minimum wage, the raise of the amount of people that would like jobs. With that, the amount of jobs will lessen.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree; people are going through financial struggles and are struggling to put food on the table. But, you have to think about how this will affect everyone. It will help people/families who need the money, but it can have a negative impact on other people, too. It will cut job opportunities, the price of products will be raised, and benefits will be lost. It can also raise millions out of poverty, help families, and will boost our economical recovery from the crash of the stock market.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. From personal experiences, I can relate. Everyday we jabber about how we want this and that, but our parents work super hard just to barely be able to take care of us. Perhaps, if wages were risen then adults wouldn’t have to worry about making us happy. An article states that “An estimated 27.8 million people would earn more money if wages were risen up to $10.10″. Just a few dollars will be able to make a difference, so why not?

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html?_r=1

    • David_N_2

      I completely agree with you. The minimum wage should be about the minimum wage because people need to live. In the link I have posted, you can see that the minimum wage is not even close to the poverty wage and is well under the living wage in Texas. The minimum wage for a family of two adults and one child is $7.25, $8.80 as a poverty wage, and $17.35 as a living wage. Imagine that family receiving minimum wage and having to pay the expenses listed. A minimum wage that cannot support you should not exist. The minimum wage is basically killing people because it is not enough to support them!

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes….I completely agree with your statement and the thing you are saying is exactly true from this graph/chart I found. This shows how much people have to work to earn their money to serve their children

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree completely with you, in order for people to have the supplies they need they need to raise minimum wage. Minimum wage as of now is not getting people out of debt or any of their supplies, therefor I agree completely with you.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree there have been many people struggling with debt and it has been hard for a long time but if minimum wage is increases then less people would be struggling

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I agree and disagree. Yes, people need more money to get by and live, but I don’t think raising the minimum wage is going to cut it. I think the best option would be to lower the cost of living wage somehow. Finding ways to lower the cost of medical care, housing, or anything else to make it easier.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      i get your point, and I understand that people are struggling but I don’t think it should be raised. Our real problem is inflation, it does no good giving people more money if its worth even less than what it originally was.”… a single mom working for the federal minimum wage in 1968 lived above the poverty line. But today she falls below it.” (found on http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/10/minimum-wage ) This proves that our dollar has decreased in value and could possibly continue to decrease if we instate the H.R. 1010-Fair Minimum Wage Act. I would love for everyone to live earn more money, but that will just result in unemployment and higher prices.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Raising minimum wage will have an effect on the current middle classes as well. A company only has so much they can pay employees, and when you raise minimum wage the number they can afford goes down. This sends the unemployment rate higher. People may be struggling, but people get along with much less. A house can be found for a cheaper price and still be a good one. Bills can be reduced. Clothes can be cheap depending on where you shop. While these people may be helped by more money, the more money that is being spent by a company is more money charged for items and more money you have to spend on the product. Factor in the fact that the value of the dollar is really low, and is getting lower, and it’s not a good combination of circumstances.

  • A.Vega

    I think they should raise the minimum wage because the companies would still have to supply for demand of there product.Of course some company well drop people but believe most wont.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      A.Vega

      I agree with you. When you raise the minimum wage it can help families out
      tremendously. As of right now people in my town are struggling. If you look at
      this chart is shows how much you need to make compared to what the minimum wage
      is for different family sizes. The living
      wage for just 1 adult is $9.29 and hour on a 40-hour week. The wages increase, as
      the family size gets bigger. For this sake I say that the 1010 act should be passed
      to help families just make enough money to give their family what is needed

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Yes minimum wage being raised will help many people but imagine this. A company being forced to raise wages means higher pay roll. Higher pay roll means less money going into the store and or product. Doing so means the company eventually will not only have to let needed workers go, but the entire company collapses. Now none of them have a job. Raising minimum wage might actually do more harm then good.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Raising the minimum wage isn’t too smart of a move. If the wages are raised, the demand of a product wont change, the cost to distribute it will… Causing big name companies to cut employees, raise prices and over all increase living expenses for the minimum wage worker. In most cities, minimum wage isn’t even enough to support a single adult! According to an article by Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/19/Study-38-of-Private-Employers-Will-Fire-Workers-If-Minimum-Wage-Reaches-10-10),”if the minimum wage is raised, 19% would fire workers, 39% would cut their hiring, and 51% would raise their prices.” This is super spooky, if the wage goes up to $10 the economy wont improve. It will descend.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I disagree, if you raise minimum wage then we will be deeper in debt and people will take advantage.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I disagree with you A. Vega that they should raise the minimum wage. Because if they do raise the minimum wage, then the cost of goods and services will increase by $1.75. In http://theweek.com/article/index/240460/how-will-raising-the-minimum-wage-affect-the-economy, President Obama said “the minimum wage needs to raised from $7.25 to $9″.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I don’t disagree with you, but I don’t agree with you> I believe that we should raise minimum wage, but not so that companies can drop. A few dollars would be enough, we don’t want to harm any business big or small. “opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” Why would we want for that to happen?

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I disagree with a part of what you wrote. I do agree with the raising minimum wage, but I don’t agree with the fact that companies would drop people. Just because a few dollars a given to the workers, doesn’t mean that people would be dropped. An article states that “If wages were risen just a little bit, 500,000 people would be taken out of poverty”. What would the point of helping do, if more people are dropped?

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you on some part’s. I agree with the point that we should be raising it because of the companies would still have to supply for demand, but I don’t think that we shouldn’t be raising it so high so that companies with have to drop. I think that these hard workers should be getting paid a little more in order to stay on their feet.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that we should raise minimum wages.In the video one of the people who got interviewed said that recent research has told us that with raising minimum wages should not drop too many people, it was a possibility though. It will help out people in the long run so I agree with you.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree, we should raise the minimum wage because this will help so many people have a better life. It is true that they could drop some people but it will be helpful later on.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I some what agree with you i do think that minimum wage should be brought up but we should try not too harm companies we don’t want to get more people in debt and we don’t want to get people out of the job

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      A. Vega,

      I agree with some of your points, however in my opinion it’s not just dropping people that is a negative affect of raising minimum wage. Another major concern is that to make up for the extra money going to payroll companies will have to increase prices on items. This increase doesn’t just affect those on minimum wage, we would all be paying more for goods. Like this article says,” 65% will raise the prices on the goods and services they provide.”
      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/19/Study-38-of-Private-Employers-Will-Fire-Workers-If-Minimum-Wage-Reaches-10-10
      With this increase in prices of items this then means the increase in minimum wage won’t do much good.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. They should raise the minimum wage. There’s lots of families struggling to keep their household together because of the costs, and they are already working asa many hours as they can. Raising the minimum wage from $7 to $10 would bring a lot of people out of poverty. It would also benefit people that are doing just fine. With more money to spend people go to the store and buy more things then they would if the minimum wage wasn’t increased, causing people to get payed more due to the company they work for selling more stock. Since there would be an increase in demand they would need more production, so companies would hire more employees to produce. It would also strengthen the economy. The article says “Once the increases and decreases in income for all workers are taken into account, overall real income would rise by $2 billion.”

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      A.Vega,
      I respectfully disagree. A lot of businesses, especially the smaller or family owned ones, struggle to make ends meet. Even a dollar rise can make it difficult for these businesses. I’m sure the larger ones would do just fine, but the ones that wouldn’t, would have to raise prices or fire some of their workers.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      Dear A, Vega,
      I agree with you that minimum wage should be increased. Minimum wage being increased will help many people. Based on statistics raising pay will help more people to raise from poverty than effecting people’s jobs. 900,000 people are said to be raised above the poverty line. About 500,000 people will loose their jobs, While both are high numbers if more people can be brought out of poverty then minimum wage should be increased. With people making more money then businesses will make more money with new customers who couldn’t afford their products before. With new business comes more responsibility so, the businesses will end up needing more workers. That’s where the 500,000 people find new job opportunities. It won’t happen over night but will eventually be more worth it in the end!

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I disagree, increasing minimum wage won’t only put people on the street, but it will also make goods more expensive and make it harder to get jobs and sustain them as well. Making goods more expensive will stop the cycle of spending money, thus causing inflation.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      A.Vega,
      I disagree with you. If the minimum wage is raised then people lose jobs, and the products and services of that company rises. It is estimated that about half a million people could lose their job if the minimum wage is raised from $7.25 to $10.10. Also, some business may not be able to afford to pay their employes more than $7.25.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I disagree with you, Forbes says this “About 60% of the officially poor don’t work, so the only thing raising the minimum wage does for them is to make it harder for them to get a job if they ever decide they want one.” So now when we say oh well we need to get people jobs it just makes it that much more harder to get one.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I disagree with you they should keep it as it is. with the economy we have today we have problems arise everyday with handling money. Yes companies will drop people but that means even more people without a job and the people that will get dropped first will most likely be the ones who are trying to make ends meet

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      A.Vega I disagree with you , I believe that minimum wage is fine as it is. The companies will be dropping more than just a few people. The table I put below says an estimate of about 1 million workers will be laid off. To be honest thats not really a good thing since people are still struggling to hold the job they have, make ends meet, pay rent. Increasing the minimum wage will hurt these people and put them in a deeper hole than they already are in.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      A.Vega
      I agree with you. If you raise the
      minimum wage to 10.10 it can help families out.
      It can help people who
      are struggling to support themselves or there family that
      extra amount of money can be the reason that there food on the table that
      night.”Peoplewho are making the minimum wage, basically
      they’re spending just about all their money because they don’t
      have much left,” By increasing minimum
      wage to 10.10 we can help families come out of poverty.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    Many people want raises in minimum wages. Personally I think this is an pretty good idea. Many people are being payed a “minimum wage of $9.88 an hour now. This would increase wages for 30 million Americans — 10 percent of the country.” So an increase of money for 30 million americans! Imagine how much that can do, how many more mouths they can now feed. (“People who are making the minimum wage, basically they’re spending just about all their money because they don’t have much left,”) Plus many people are saying that this would increase the amount of unemployed people. Well according to Harkin he “estimates that his minimum wage increase would mean about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs and 28 million Americans would get a raise.” Plus “He says they’ve found that when minimum wages were increased, employment actually went up.” So you ask me if raising minimum wages is a good idea, well I say yes!

    http://www.npr.org/2012/07/08/156458470/raising-minimum-wage-a-help-or-harm

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    $10 dollars is what i define the perfect minimun wage for Coppell. But the reason we need to keep raising these wages is because prices keep growing. The value of the dollar only has lowered and it requires more of them to make ends meet. I say ten dollars because with the price of places here and the bustling shopping areas it seems reasonable to make ends meet. However when prices start changing and payroll doesn’t then Companies can’t afford to pay employees so much. Some ceos take so much for themselves because they believe in all for one and not one for all. Yet in most cases its because they can’t afford to pay them enough. They could pay the requirement but in doing so the company could pay them dry. Doing that means they would run out of money and become bankrupt. Now they are making no money compared to $1 below minimum requirement. I don’t think minimum wage should be raised because it could make more problems then ending them. If wages are raised then more and more companies would adjust their payrolls higher and higher. They won’t be able to keep up and the companies could hit bankruptcy. The more that follow then the worse the problem will become.

    http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/42/inflation/economic-policies-to-reduce-inflation/

  • David_N_2

    Personally, I like the idea of raising the minimum wage. I believe the minimum wage should a be higher than the living wage to a degree. Think about it, when you have high wages, you have increased product prices. The reasoning behind it is that companies make money by selling their goods, and they use a portion of that money to pay their employees. The higher the minimum wage, the higher the prices are of goods. The CBO shows that over time, about half a million people will lose their jobs because wages are too high, but there’s another side to that story. According to John in the second link I’ve posted, a survey has been taken and it shows that employment rates actually went up when the minimum wage went up. It is because when a minimum wage is raised, those employed become excited and energized by the fact of being payed more. The minimum wage raise motivates those who are unemployed to find a job and those who are to work harder thus increasing employment rates and decreasing poverty rates. The reason why I said the minimum wage should be higher to a degree is because if minimum wages are too high, then companies will have to fire more and more people. Then finding a job will be extremely difficult to find, but if it’s high enough to make employees happy and low enough for companies to employ, then all is well. I think that the minimum wage should be around ten dollars because that amount allows those living under the living wage to finally burst through the poverty roof and start living again.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    I think raising the minimum wage would be a great idea according to economist James Galbraith, raising the minimum wage would raise the incomes of 28 million Americans. Women would particularly benefit because they tend to work for lower wages than men. As Galbraith sees it, raising the minimum wage is family friendly policy, and since women earn more in a less amount of time they can dedicate their extra time to something else. This would stabilize many families and will help them grow. Hopefully with the salary increases many people will think about returning to school, and this will help many people rise out of debt.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    The average amount of money that a person in the Dallas area would make is around
    240 dollars a week, so that would be 1,160 dollars a month. As you can see by
    this chart the required annual income needs to be at least $19,330 for 1 adult, which is 4,250 dollars short per year. On a minimal wedge salary you would need to make around 10 dollars an hour. As of right now for someone to make ends meet in the Dallas area they would have to either be working 2 different jobs or find a job that pays you more than minimum wedge. The amount of money that a person in the Dallas area would need to make per hour to make ends meet would be around 10
    dollars, so the 1010 act would be beneficial for workers to make ends meet in
    the city of Dallas.

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  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    Every week the average person spends $150 on groceries alone. The average family could possibly spend up to $200 on snacks and meals. What about the families struggling to make ends meet, do they have it in their budget to spend this much on food? Chances are the answer is no. Having said that, I do believe that raising the amount of pay minimum wage is, would be a good idea. Down were I’m from, minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Barley enough to keep everything on track. Making house payments, Paying Bills, Food, School, Clothing… All these expenses add up so fast, and to be quite blunt, families with only minimum wage incomes struggle to keep themselves above water! So yes, to me raising minimum wage is a wonderful idea!

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    They way I see things, raising the minimum wage is good for the workers who don’t want to work 2 to 3 jobs just to put bread on the table. An increase in how much you earn won’t cause greed amongst workers, it’ll just create a better opportunity for those who can’t earn a wage better than a McJob. However, a major issue in raising the minimum wage is whether or not companies can handle it.
    Let’s say you own a lemonade stand. This lemonade stand attracts dozens of Billies and Susies from across the block. Since you can’t run the stand by yourself, you have to hire other people to work. These Tommys and Bettys like to buy food and other necessities with that hard-earned lemonade stand money. This income keeps them living and working for you, but due to raise of the cost of Sugar Pops and Dr. Cola, Tommy and Betty are going to need a higher wage.
    You may not think it’s much of a big hit to your profit, but it really is. You start paying them 2 whole quarters instead of a single one. Your lemonade sells for the same, but you just can’t keep up. You’ll have to raise the price for a single cup which turns off many potential Bobbies and Susies. No one wants your sugar water anymore.
    Before you know it, you’ll be selling the wood that used to hold together the very same cups you used to sell.
    Others may be luckier and be able to provide a higher wage, but you, the small business, went crashing down over a single quarter.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      You just mentioned something I haven’t even though about. The small business. Maybe large companies like McDonalds, or Walmart could eat the cost of raising the minimum wage, but the small business could not.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      “The $9.00 option would reduce employment by about 100,000 workers, or by
      less than 0.1 percent, CBO projects. There is about a two-thirds chance
      that the effect would be in the range between a very slight increase in
      employment and a reduction in employment of 200,000 workers, in CBO’s
      assessment.”

      As you can see here, even raising the minimum wage by a dollar and 3 quarters causes a loss of 100,000 workers. As I have said before and will say again, there is that risk that can happen. Some companies can handle it and some companies can’t. You’re either going to get a huge loss or a slight increase in employment.

      It’s all about the companies wishing to take those odds.

      • RaagP_4BoydBence

        I think that if companies were given a choice if they want to raise minimum wage, they would say no, because they are in it for the money. But, if the minimum was increased over 900,000 people would be raised over the poverty line. 500,000 people would lose their jobs. If you even it out, 400,000 people will be benefitting.

      • KshitijK_2BoydBence

        I totally agree with you. It is a gamble. some companies can afford to pay everyone, and some can’t. For example, google can probably afford a lot more, This will either cause a lot of unemployment or a slight increase, just as you said.

      • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

        I have to agree and disagree with some points you have. I think that we should raise the minimum wage to 10.10. It will help 900,000 families to go above the poverty line. If I were in that situation, I would hope minimum wage would be raised. I also agree that it will be a gamble. Some companies can afford it and others can’t.

  • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

    The average minimum wage in Texas is 7.25 USD per hour as of January 1, 2012. This is not enough for people to live on. Judging that the average living wage for someone in Dallas, Texas is $9.29. (http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113) how are people supposed to go on with $2.29 less than the minimum. Even Obama agrees as he was trying to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour (http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/Texas-a-winner-in-minimum-wage-raise-4301364.php). Increasing the wage wouldn’t devastate the economy as some people like to say more money spent helps the economy. Spending has to increase or the output would shrink, unemployment would rise, and the economy would begin to sputter. More money in means more money out. Many people like teens don’t care about this subject but that’s because most of them still live with their parents and have them to help sustain themselves. Adults dont always have the luxury of that, they have a struggle that wont be able to be solves by their parents wallet. If you want to know more go look at http://playspent.org/

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    In my city, minimum wage is $7.25/hour. According to http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 the minimum pay for a single adult to JUST make ends meet is $9.29/hour. In my opinion, the wages you earn for work should depend on 3 things. Number of family members supporting, the workers education, and how much education is needed for the work. If those three things are high then I think that the wages of the worker should be high. If they are low the wages should be low. It’s not really an opinion though, in many cases it’s how the world is. According to the chart below, the higher wages are tied with the jobs that take more education, and skill.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      In the case of a person having a high education but little family to support then I think that they should get the suggested pay for the job they have since they had to go through hard schooling to get there. In a case where big families and the workers have little education depending on the task of the worker they should be getting enough to support their family. In the worst case for these situations the workers would just need multiple jobs. It’s the real world out there and it’s impossible to make everyone happy.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    There are many problems with increasing minimum wage for example cut benefits, employers reducing hours (so the employees no longer qualify for healthcare), and raised goods costs.

    But there are also many benefits.

    As for where I live, in Dallas county, most workers are under-paid for their basic needs. Minimum wage for many jobs isn’t enough to support one person, let alone kids or a family. The wage needed for the cost of basic living in my area is $9.29, but minimum wage is only $7.25.

    I have attached a segment from a Q and A on the fair minimum wage facts from http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov. It states that everyone will benefit from the minimum wage increase (The increase would change minimum wage to $10.10). It estimates an economical benefit of 22 million dollars, as well as creating 85,000 jobs.

    As for Texas, we do not have any laws for the state specifically, we just go by the national standard.

    The Wall Street journal even conducted a survey and found that 63% of Americans support the minimum wage boost. (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303330204579250473005492880)

    And lastly, I want to share this simulation game I found. It’s called spent. It walks you through problems you may encounter after you lose your job and your home. It simulates what it is like to live on the current minimum wage. It only takes about 10 minutes to play, and it puts a lot in perspective. You can play it here- http://playspent.org/playspent.html

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    A reasonable amount of money for a minimum wage depends on where you live. Living in a city such as Coppell should differ from living in other cities. A decent minimum for Coppell would be at least 10 dollars. In fact, a living wage calculator states that the minimum wage for a single adult is $2.04 below what it should be. The beginning of this article talks about how “economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.” This would definitely be an improvement over the current amount.

    Source: http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I think that we should stay with the $7.25 for minimum wage because jobs for minimum wage are usually jobs with low skill. for students, or for people without a diploma. People that have a college degree (that major in a specific career) often get good paying jobs and tend to have a higher skilled job. I think that low skilled jobs are mostly for people that are trying to make a career or are going through schooling, and just need the money to survive. If minimum wage goes up anymore people will just take advantage and everyone would work part time, and that would hurt the government and put us deeper in debt. We would just be defeating the purpose of minimum wage.

    And in this graph it shows how people with a degree of some sort usually have a higher paying job.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    I believe we should raise the minimum wage because there are still places around Texas that I know of that are for good people who really do deserve more money than they get because currently I know a few that work harder than their bosses at doing their job and their bosses job. If anything they should raise it to at least 10 dollars, that could make ends meet for mothers with two children, students who have loans to pay off, children not skipping lunch because the cafeteria food is too expensive.
    But if we pay our minimum wagers more could that put us deeper in debt or help us? Would jobs be lost?
    It could indeed put us in debt but wouldn’t that give the citizens more money that bills? Jobs could be lost because what if an employer couldn’t afford to pay their workers. Everyone gets bills. Everyone has to pay someone for something they need.
    Either way there will be debt, but people not being able to see the other side of poverty because they cant afford it? Thats not the american dream is it.

  • Lawsonzper3boydbence

    At first when you look at minimum wage you might
    be in favor of it because it just seams right to help the poor out of their
    satiation. But if you think about it for a while you will see that what it
    really does is give managers another reason to raise prices. If we look at
    economics like a pyramid with the rich at the top and the poor at the bottom we
    will see what really happens. So to get the process started we have to take
    money from the people at the top to pay for the minimum wage to the people at the
    bottom. Now the people at the top to get their money back they cut hours, bonuses,
    and benefits. And they raise prices, and soon enough they have made more money
    then they had in the beginning. Arguably the biggest thing they lose is
    benefits. This means that they won’t get things like health care, which is a
    need for people in lower classes families. Because for most of them they don’t
    have any safety net to fall back on, they are already struggling to get by. To summarize
    minimum wage it does a lot of good in the beginning but in the end it hurt’s
    the whole economy.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Raising minimum wage in this country is a great idea. Getting paid minimum wage in itself is crazy and not to mention that it is really low right now. In recent months, a number of states have again taken the lead on measures to raise the minimum wage. Massachusetts is moving toward a minimum of $10 per hour. Other measures are on the table in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Missouri. Meanwhile Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is pressing for the federal minimum wage to rise to $9.80 per hour by 2014. If our country raises the minimum wage it would raise the income of over 28 million americans, especially women because they generally get payed less than men.Economist James Galbraith wrote that “With more family income, some people would choose to retire, go back to school, or have children, making it easier for others who need jobs to find them. Working families would have more time for community life, including politics; Americans would start to reclaim the middle-class political organization that they once had. Because payroll- and income-tax revenues would rise, the federal deficit would come down. Social Security worries would fade.” This is basically saying that raising minimum wage is very friendly. Also many adult workers getting paid minimum wage, or even below, are usually in some sort of debt. The type of people who work in a minimum wage environment for a living, can barely make a living. They can barely making a living because they are below the poverty line as you can see by the graph below.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    A reasonable amount of money for a minimum varies depending one were you
    live. Living in a big city like Coppell id differed then others, Coppell is a
    big somewhat famous city it only seems right that it would cost more to live
    here. A good wage for Coppell would be bought 10$ an hour. (livingwage.mit.edu)This
    web page stats that people in Coppell are making around 2 dollars less then
    they should. This article shows how much it costs to live depending if you’re
    alone of with children or with another adult. This article show that it takes a
    lot of money to live and some times people have to chose if they want food of
    medical care.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      If minimum wage were to be raised this would make it much harder to get a job for some people. Even though you would like it just in coppell what would the other cites around us think?

  • Luke_A_Period3

    The problem with minimum wage laws is that they hold the power to destroy our economy. If we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 more jobs will get outsourced to foreign countries, and the American GDP will go down, which hurts everyone.

    Now I understand that minimum wage is below the cost of living, but there is a reason this is so. Minimum wage jobs are not supposed to be used to live off of for long. Minimum wage jobs are entry level jobs, jobs that enter someone into the workforce. Most people should be earning promotions and raises not long after they start. They just have to hold their job and work hard.

    I also believe that if people are not happy with their job or income level, then they have the right to o find a new one. I know that you may think it not that simple, and that people can’t just go find a new job. But why is that? If it is a lack of education, then enlist in the military and have your education paid for by the federal government. If it is a disability, then apply for government benefits. There is always a way to better yourself in life, it just takes hard work.

    Hard work is something that I believe the average minimum wage worker is not willing to put foreword. Here is why- according to the number I attached, the number of minimum wage workers with a college education are going down, while workers with a high school diploma are rising. However, rising even faster than those with a high school diploma, is those who did not graduate high school.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Also, look closely at the percentages on the y axis of those graphs.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    I also believe we should get rid of child labor laws

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    Minimum wage should depend on the size of the city. In a smaller city, $7.50 an hour is pretty good, but in a bigger city (such as Coppell) we should be making about $2 more. As it said in the introduction, “For the most part, economists have found that increases on the scale being considered in the U.S. — from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 — produces “little or no” job losses.” Some people think that this is incorrect information, and that if we did this we could have a fair amount of job losses. I am not one of those people. I believe that if we raise minimum wage just a little, it could help us in the long run. I do not believe that we should raise minimum wage a lot. It could bring people out of poverty, but it could un-employ lots of people, which could potentially put them in poverty. I think that we should raise minimum wage, but not so much where it could harm others.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      Also here is an info-graphic on why we should raise wages in bigger cities

  • Guest

    I think that they should raise the minimum wage. Personally, my parents have worked almost 14 hours a day, yet they still struggle to maintain a steady life for me and my sisters. In this article it states that people living with minimum wage have trouble to provide for their family. It also states that just under 8 dollars and hour is very low. The reason why I think that it should be raised is because I hate to see people struggle to go through so much trouble and time to not be able to do what they worked so hard to do. I believe being able to raise the wage a bit more, then there would be less homeless and a greater economy in the long run. Perhaps if we put it in the perspective of helping more people than raising the demand for money, then maybe it will result in more employed and a happier country in general.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html?_r=1

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      This is very true! Despite arguments citing inflation as a reason to not increase the minimum wage, most of the inflation would be abated by the consequent decrease in federal spending, and what little isn’t might actually aid the economy, according to some economists. The New York Times says “more inflation is just what the American economy needs to escape from a half-decade of sluggish growth and high unemployment,” (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/business/economy/in-fed-and-out-many-now-think-inflation-helps.html).

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Opponents of feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about
      500,000 workers. Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that
      about 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty. So we have a net gain of 400,000, but what do the others do? In addition, this only effects 20% of the poorer population because only 20% work. How do you help out other people? Can you help out other people? There are other ways to raise people out of poverty, but it also boils down to feasibility.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      Raising the minimum wage would not only help your family but many others in the country. To me, it doesn’t make sense that athletes, actors, and political figures can go out and make millions of dollars, but there are people who don’t even have enough money to eat everyday. Families like yours deserve to have the extra money.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I respectfully disagree. Instead of just looking at the
      positives, look at the negatives. While yes, it may help some people at the
      beginning; the value of the dollar would drop, causing even more problems for
      these people. Not only this, but a large chunk of these people will have their
      hours reduced, or they will be laid off. This would take away all of the
      benefits that the higher minimum wage offers, and only leave more problems.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    I think that they should raise the minimum wage. Personally, my parents have worked almost 14 hours a day, yet they still struggle to maintain a steady life for me and my sisters. In this article it states that people living with minimum wage have trouble to provide for their family. It also states that just under 8 dollars and hour is very low. The reason why I think that it should be raised is because I hate to see people struggle to go through so much trouble and time to not be able to do what they worked so hard to do. I believe being able to raise the wage a bit more, then there would be less homeless and a greater economy in the long run. It is different when an adult who has a family and a kid who is just working for some pocket money. Adults tend to think of others more than just themselves. It says above that if we raised the wage a little bit higher about 800,000 people could be taken out of poverty. Perhaps if we put it in the perspective of helping more people than raising the demand for money, then maybe it will result in more employed and a happier country in general.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html?_r=1

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that the proper minimum wage for my area is $10.10. According to the Congressional Budget Office, The $10.10 option would drastically decrease the amount of unemployed people by 500,000 because of the increase in the minimum wage. Our minimum wage would change about $3.00. It would go from about $7.50 per hour, to $10.10 per hour. It also would change based on inflation. If we had the $9.00 option, the amount of unemployed people wouldn’t change as much as the $10.10 option. The amount of unemployed people for the $9.00 option would decrease the amount of unemployed people by 100,000.

  • Brandon C

    The minimum wage in Utah is 7.25. However being from a middle class family with its primary income source making higher than minimum wage I’ve never had to live with living on minimum wage. The only people I know working on minimum wage are fellow classmates with summer jobs. They work to fill their pockets with money to spend on video games and other luxury goods. As someone who plans to get a part time job myself I wouldn’t mind an increase in wages. But would that make it harder for me to get a job? Probably. If there was someone who really needs that job and I’ve just taken it wouldn’t I be screwing them over? Perhaps minimum wage should be decided more on a case by case basis. If there are many jobs available in area and everyone can get one a wage raise might be acceptable. If there’s a really competitive job area where it’s hard enough to get a job as is and raising the wage would just make the job pool shrink. Raising the wage would just be obnoxious.

    • Claire S 2

      I like your way of thinking!! I think there should definitely be a case by case method! It’d help out the people who really need the job, and prioritize the people who want the job, and help out quite a lot.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      You’re absolutely right! Raising minimum wage will make it harder to get a job. Based on a poll taken by Breitbart, employers are planning to cut staff, raise prices, and lower employment. I can’t say that I agree with you’re case by case scenario, but it is a definite possibility and I like that. My way of thinking about minimum wage is the same. In this article it talks about raising the wages for tip workers, It is similar thinking to your case by case plan. (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/26/ignored-by-congress-tipped-workers-turn-to-state-lawmakers-to-boost-their-base/) In the article it talks a lot about how no one can survive on 2.25/hour and tips.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree, with what you are saying it definitely is a good way you are thinking because It’d help out the people who really need the job, and prioritize the people who want the job, and help out quite a lot.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you on some parts Brandon. I agree with the fact that if we do raise the minimum wage that it would be harder for workers to get employed.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, will it be harder to get a job after that raise? that job pool would shrink drastically. Like you, my family is with a primary source income and I have never had to live with minimum wage, and also the only people I know that have to live with minimum wage are fellow classmates. If many jobs can be offered I believe that maybe a raise would be good for those who need it to be able to pay their personal needs but that raise shouldn’t make geting the job harder right?

    • Guest

      I understand what you mean. However, it’s not just teenagers doing jobs under minimum wage. An infographic I got to make recently proves that many of the people who work under minimum wage are adults.

    • Guest

      I completely agree with the point you’re trying to make. However, that doesn’t make up for the fact that it’s not just teenagers doing jobs under minimum wage. An infographic I got to make recently proves that there are many of the people work under minimum wage are adults.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Brandon C,

      I do agree with some of you points , but while a large amount of teenagers do work minimum wage jobs to have a little extra spending money, a majority of people in minimum wage jobs are over 20. We see this in the graph below and in this article .http://www.upworthy.com/the-reality-of-who-actually-works-for-minimum-wage-will-shock-you-5. The article states ” 75% of minimum wage earners are adults.”

      With that being said, raising minimum wage would lead to increases in price for many goods and services as well as the a likely chance for many to lose their jobs altogether. This sources says, “Among private employers paying the minimum wage, 38% will fire workers, 54% will reduce the number of employees they hire” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/19/Study-38-of-Private-Employers-Will-Fire-Workers-If-Minimum-Wage-Reaches-10-10
      This adds up to an awful lot of people without jobs. In fact the CBO estimates that that total will reach 500,00 by the second half of 2016.

      All of these negatives have helped me come to the conclusion that raising the minimum wage would be a bad idea. The problem lies with lack of available jobs and ways to get to them. We should focus on trying to give more employees at an entry level position, like a minimum wage one, opportunities to work their way up.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    The effects of raising the minimum wage come with a lot of effects, and must be studied from all perspectives to ensure good. Those working for minimum wages will notice an immediate rise in salary and have more disposable income at hand, which would then in turn be spent and cycled through the economy. “21 states have already raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25″ But looking farther into raising minimum wage there are effects. it will raises many major concerns like: cut benefits, employers reducing hours (so the employees no longer qualify for healthcare), and raised goods costs. In Dallas most Worker are underpaid they are paid minimum wage,Which is below the cost of living. The minimum wage needed for the cost of basic living in Dallas is at the least $9.29, but minimum wage is only $7.25. In order to have higher wages, the cost of production must increase; therefore the prices paid by consumers must also increase. You also need to remember that the minimum wage has never been increased as much. Over time the increased wage will remain stagnant and money earned will have less spending power.The minimum wage paid to workers should be evaluated annually so that it always remains a “living wage”. This solution remains totally in the hands of Congress in that it could be easily done using initiative and planning.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    Minimum wage jobs are meant to be starter jobs (for inexperienced workers like teenagers). It was never meant to be a permanent career choice. As people gain skills they go on to higher employment. To pay someone the same amount for flipping a burger as to a job that requires more experience or training would be unfair to the person who put in more effort.
    I don’t believe we should raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. People may not feel the need to gain experience or skill to get a better job.
    On another note more businesses would have to lay off more people and raise their prices. It will just balance back out to how it is now. It will raise 200,000 people out of poverty BUT 500,000 people will lose their jobs and likely fall into poverty. It is not worth it.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    Raising minimum wage would potentially affect all of us, whether we are trying to support a family on it or not. Raising minimum wage requires goods or services to either decrease in quality or increase in price to make up for the increased amount of money needed to pay employees. Another way we are all affected is by what many economists refer to as the “ripple effect”. This article explains by saying, “When there’s a minimum wage increase, some small business owners will raise the pay for most, if not all, hourly workers in order to preserve their wage structure and retain quality employees.”
    http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/14/smallbusiness/minimum-wage-hike/

    A good number of people believe that the only people who work minimum wage are teenagers or less educated adults and therefore its their fault for their low pay because they didn’t continue with their education. In fact, in 2012 americans that had some college or an associate’s degree made up 35 percent of people working minimum wage jobs. (http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/03/30/number-of-the-week-college-grads-in-minimum-wage-jobs/) Since the recession in 2008 there has been a trend of more college graduates in minimum wage positions as seen in the chart below. This is usually due to lack of available jobs, not lack of effort, dedication to finding a higher paying job, or reluctance to do a more difficult job.

    Then there is the issue of the families with only a minimum wage income to support them. Many people try to raise a family with only $7.25 an hour . This limited income brings up many challenges. These include getting medical care when needed, not being able to pay for extra curricular activities for the children, and of course buying groceries and paying bills. An interesting game called spent (http://playspent.org/playspent.html) really opened my eyes to just everything that can happen and just what kind of decisions have to be made by individuals living off of minimum wage.

    Overall there are many pros and cons to raising minimum wage. Families living off $7.25 because they have no other choice need more money to survive, but more money in their paycheck will do them no good if the prices of goods they need also increase to accommodate their increased pay. The ripple effect only magnifies this problem. Due to all of this, I believe that minimum wage should not be increased and instead we should focus on creating more jobs and opportunities to get people where they need to be.

  • L4UR4 J34N

    I agree that the cost of living has risen and the wage workers are paid has not but I don’t know if raising minimum wage is really the right answer. I think that minimum wage jobs are designed not to be solid jobs one can rely on but rather a gateway to higher employment. I think that instead of being paid more people need to seek out all the training they can get in order to get a higher paying job. Some training does cost money which minimum wage workers don’t have enough to buy but with lots of searching people can find ways of getting training and using networking to gain a job with higher income. I know that especially in my personal area of living, many organizations are set up to help those earning minimum wage gain a higher income and that many of those organizations are completely free. I don’t see raising minimum wage as the right course of action because, though the cost of living has risen, the labor minimum wage workers give has not and I don’t think minimum wage jobs deserve to have a higher pay but I do think that gaining a job that earns higher income is more in reach than many minimum wage workers think.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      But the thing is some people have to rely on minimum wage jobs to support their family. While they hypothetically may be designed to be entry level jobs, some people go forever without being promoted or earning any higher pay. Instead of going around and trying to seek cheaper of free training why don’t you let them get the money to allow themselves to get good training and get promoted like that. Also what are these organizations that help people earn more money for free?

    • Claire S 2

      I understand that they can be a gateway, but for more unfortunate people, it may be the only thing they can do. While getting the experience in low-pay jobs can help people who don’t have a degree in a subject required for something better, it doesn’t change very much. Jobs aren’t generally a straight progression from McDonalds to Brain Surgery. There are lots of things required, and no matter how much you say you want a better job, having retail experience won’t help you get a job that has nothing to do with selling wares.

      The one way employers will be more likely to employ you, is to get a degree, and I know people who never went to college and got a degree, and so they’re stuck in minimum wage jobs and can barely get by.

      Jobs aren’t as easy as you seem to think.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      I agree cause if you try to raise minimum raise just for your living environment that would make each job harder to find and the lower jobs would be more high value. What I’m trying to say is that if the wages were increased for lower ranked jobs the even lower ranked jobs would get an even lower percent of wages.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, but what about the people that have little to none education, and they are trying to support loved ones or themselves? Is it a gateway to get a higher stance? believe that it should be increased, but no to this much money.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I understand what you’re trying to say, and it very well could be that minimum wage jobs are more for entry-level positions, but often times, people working minimum wage jobs don’t have the requirements to move up, and obtaining those requirements would require time and money they don’t have. According to bls.gov, 110,608,000 out of a total of 75,276,000 don’t have a college degree. According to collegedata.com, college tuition can cost at least $9,000 a year. If I can’t pay to go to the doctor for a physical, I’m not going to be able to pay to go to college. I think that you’re overestimating how easy it is to get a job that pays higher than minimum wage.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      The cost of living has defiantly risen compared to how people are paid and that is why minimum wage needs to be risen. The problem with the fact that minimum wage jobs are only supposed to be a stepping stone to a higher up, higher paid job, is that there aren’t a lot of those jobs open and because of people only getting paid minimum wage they cannot afford to go to collage to be able to get a higher paying job. Those organizations are great and can help, but what if they cannot afford a way to talk to the origination or even be able to get there. We have to think of all the things that factor the reason so many people are in minimum wage jobs as well.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      L4UR4 J34N ,

      I agree with you, raising minimum wage is not the ultimate answer. The problem is these gateway jobs don’t always offer many opportunities, or have open positions for entry level employees to move up to. This article states “While the economy seems to have come back from the depths of the recession that started in 2008, the number of unemployed and underemployed still seems to be high. This means that we need to create jobs.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/dileeprao/2013/09/09/who-can-create-real-jobs-in-america-without-more-deficits-economists-executives-entrepreneurs-or-exporters/ The article then goes on to explain who has the power to create jobs for americans and how.

      Minimum wage jobs serve a purpose, but at the moment many people work them and try to support their family on a wage that simply cannot make ends meet. For example, in Dallas Texas the living wage (wage that would provide enough to survive) according to this source Is $9.29 for one adult. http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113
      For one child and one adult it is $19.13 As you can see the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not near enough to cover everything needed to support one adult let alone an adult with a child. This being said raising minimum wage would do no good if prices for the consumer would go up to. Both increases would essentially cancel each other out and we would be in the same position we are today. This is why raising minimum wage is not the answer.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      We need to raise the minimum wage. It would strengthen the economy because people would buy more things due to an increase in minimum wage. It would also raise a lot of people out of poverty. Since more products are being bought production would increase so companies would need to hire more employees to produce the product. Overall it would strengthen the economy. The article says “Real income would increase, on net, by about $1 billion for families whose income will be below the poverty threshold under current law.”

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      You make a good point, but I think that it may be the answer that a lot of people are looking for. It will list 900,000 families over the poverty line and raise the income of 16 million people. Minimum wage jobs serve a purpose, but many people work them and try to support their family on a wage that simply cannot make ends meet. Most people have children, and need to but school supplies, food, lunches, clothing, and other necessities. And they can’t get that with the budget the are on right now.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      This is true but for some families this task is very hard. Some families who are below the poverty line are families with disabilities or other medical reasons that restrict them from getting a higher paying job.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      If you raise the minimum wage just a little that can make a difference in them saving up to maybe going to a college or paying for online classes. You have to see there point of view and how they view how much they need to live right.

  • Lindsay Tong

    I don’t think the minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 to $10.10. The minimum wage we have right now it’s a good amount because the effects of raising it are not worth it. Increasing the minimum wage would only cause more unemployment and there is always a downside to this. People who are already in debt or aren’t making very much will be beat out by the people who are making a lot more money. A higher salary only leads to hiring less people in companies and business. This means less jobs will be available. And to get a higher minimum wage job you would need to be higher qualified. Plus, if the government wants to raise the minimum wage, where are they going to get the money from? This could mean a higher national debt or cause a negative impact somewhere. The wages we have now are enough to make ends meet.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      Lindsay I completely agree with you that raising the minimum wage would kill jobs and put more people in the street. You also have the good point on how raising the minimum wage would raise the national debt and I don’t think that anyone wants to do that

    • Claire S 2

      The only thing I disagree with is that you said 7 dollars an hours would be enough to make ends meet. However, with a small apartment, appliance, and food costs, this is barely enough. Most people work 8 hours a day, and getting that much would usually equal 1680 dollars a month, considering most months are 30 days long.
      Most apartments are almost up to 600 or more a month, generally peaking at 900, including bills such as electricity, and water. That would leave you with about 1080-780 dollars left for food, clothes, and anything else, which is barely enough, unless you want to eat ramen every night and have clothes that dont fit anymore.
      Also, upon researching, in order to get an apartment, you have to make 3x the rent. This could be incorrect, but it sounds reasonable enough. So, in order to even get probably the cheapest at 600 a month, you’d have to make at least 1800 dollars a month, which the current minimum wage doesn’t reach.

      • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

        You bring up a good point. People simply can not live off of $7 an hour without having to make major sacrifices.

        • Claire S 2

          Exactly.

      • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

        yes but if you get 10.10 and hour and inflation happens then you are force to pay more for you rent making it the same situation and just firing for people then you would help with this bill

        • Claire S 2

          The thing is, is that officials say that the wage would be adjusted based on inflation. If something begins to go up, it can be edited.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Lindsay,
      I agree with you where we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage, but I disagree where you say it’s enough to make ands meet. I think there are better ways to make it easier for people to live. I think the main thing would be to look into lowering the living wage which the the cost it would be to live with just the bare necessities. Below is a map of countries that provide free medical care, the ones in green have free health care and the US is not among those. I don’t think we could make it completely free, but it could be significantly lowered. This is one of the many things that should be looked into instead of bringing up minimum wage.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I disagree with you for not putting up the minimum wage law and also minimum wage of $7.25 does not make ends meet. He will barely get through 3 weeks with that little amount of money. Yes, i agree with the statement you said here “This means less jobs will be available. And to get a higher minimum wage job you would need to be higher qualified.” This means you have o work for anything you want in life. The harder you work the higher you will be recognized.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      There are multiple outcomes that have a chance of occurring if the minimum wage was actually raised. However, Some reports report conclusions such as “But raising the minimum wage would not only benefit low-income workers, it would stimulate the U.S. economy and save the government billions of dollars.”

      Source: http://moneymorning.com/2013/12/11/the-surprising-benefits-of-raising-the-minimum-wage/

      • Lukep_3boydbence

        There will be many outcomes good and bad from raising this.”Increasing the minimum wage would have two principal effects on low-wage workers. Most of them would receive higher pay that would increase their family’s income, and some of those families would see their income rise above the federal poverty threshold. But some jobs for low-wage workers would probably be eliminated, the income of most workers who became jobless would fall substantially, and the share of low-wage workers who were employed would probably fall slightly.” People can barely get by with a 7.25 wage. By raising it will help so many people, yes it may raise the debt but the U.S did that on there own.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      The minimum wage in Utah is 7.25. However being from a middle class family with its primary income source making higher than minimum wage I’ve never had to live with living on minimum wage. The only people I know working on minimum wage are fellow classmates with summer jobs. They work to fill their pockets with money to spend on video games and other luxury goods. As someone who plans to get a part time job myself I wouldn’t mind an increase in wages. But would that make it harder for me to get a job? Probably. If there was someone who really needs that job and I’ve just taken it wouldn’t I be screwing them over? Perhaps minimum wage should be decided more on a case by case basis. If there are many jobs available in area and everyone can get one a wage raise might be acceptable. If there’s a really competitive job area where it’s hard enough to get a job as is and raising the wage would just make the job pool shrink. Raising the wage would just be obnoxious.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I would have to disagree Lindsay. I don’t believe that its enough money to help with peoples basic needs. Hard workers should be recognized for their work. With that the money they are making now is not enough to pay for the important necessities.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      On a job standpoint, yes it will decrease the amount of jobs but at the same time it could actually make a living for some people who have no choice but to work at minimum wage workplaces.

      Take a look at this
      http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/24/raise-minimum-wage/

      This shows how many jobs will be lost.
      Now look at this. This website give 5 reasons on why raising minimum wage is a good thing.
      http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/top_5_reasons_why_raising_the_minimum_wage_is_good_for_you_and_me_salpart/

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      Well, you are right, it will cause more unemployment. But, you would be raising 900,000 people from the poverty line. That is way more than the 500,000 job loss.

      • ChristineP_4BoydBence

        *200,000 from the poverty line

        • RaagP_4BoydBence

          Actually, you should check your sources, my source (CNN) said that 900,000 people would be raised above the poverty level.

          • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

            I agree with Raag. I think helping 900,000 more people above the poverty line is a good thing. the 400,000 makes a big difference!

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I don’t completely agree with you, yes, many jobs will be lost thanks to the raise but we also have to consider that those who need this raise will be benefited so much, and mostly for those who have to not only pay for themselves but for their families. I do agree with you on the point that you made with where the government is going to get the money from, that also has to come into consideration.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      You make a point, this could lead to even more unemployment, but this could actually help so many people. So many are struggling to support their family and themselves. This could make their lives so much better. http://www.caringacross.org/action/home-care-min-wage/?utm_source=googleads&utm_medium=sotuad3&utm_content=obama&utm_campaign=home-care-min-wage

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Your points are certainly valid, but living wages in many places, such as Texas and New York (http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 + http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/36047), are higher than the amount that people are paid, meaning that they simply can’t afford to pay for everything necessary to live, and it’s not as simple as packing up and moving somewhere else. It’s true that in order to pay people more money, some workers would have to be laid off, but that’s already happening. I don’t understand what you mean by “to get a higher minimum wage job you would need to be higher qualified,” because minimum wage is the absolute minimum, and anything above it would not be minimum wage. Raising minimum wage would bring 900,000 people out of poverty, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and we would be spending less on welfare, so money could come from there, ostensibly.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      I understand where you are coming from but the $7.25 isn’t really good enough to live on. Yes it will raise prices and unemployment but if we can control the it and raise the minimum wage fairly slowly then we can help avoid this from happening. The government already wants to raise it 95 cents this year and the next year raise it another 95 cents. If we can raise it a less amount and over a longer amount of years than maybe we help stop inflation from happening.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, the effects of raising it are not worth it. This would ruin the economy locally, and internationally.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I dont agree with you Lindsay because there are lots of people in debt and if minimum wage gets raised they could be saved from debt and be able to make a living

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I get why you are concerned about the fact the economy might be ruined, but what about all of those people in poverty? Can we just let them struggle while we kick back?

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Lindsay,

      I agree with you completely. Raising the minimum wage will only cause more unemployment, and to pay them, we might go into a higher national debt which is already 17.5 trillion. Minimum wage is a problem, but making them higher might result in a bigger one.

      http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      Dear Lindsay,
      I have to disagree with you. The minimum wage needs to be increased! With increasing the minimum wage people all around the states will be brought above the poverty line. Bringing people above the poverty line not only helped the families but it can help businesses as well. When people start to make more money and have enough left over to buy extra things or go out to eat, businesses will start earn more. When the businesses earn more they will need more employees. Thus, the people who do loose their jobs can apply to these thriving businesses. Now, this won’t happen all over night but in the long run this can not only help people in poverty but also people who are looking for a job.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I need to disagree with you. I think the minimum wage shouldn’t necessarily increase, but it should be evaluated annually. I think the minimum wage should be changed to a “living wage.” By that, I mean you should be able to earn enough money to take care of yourself without anyone having to lend you any money. Since the gas prices are increasing, that means people would have less money to spend on food, clothes, and other personal needs. Once again, I think it needs to be raised just enough so that we can have enough money to pay for gas, food, and other personal needs and still have some money leftover until our next paycheck comes.

      • JimmyT

        Hey, Riley. I think raise the minimun wage to a living wage is a good idea. But what if the companies raise the price of their product as the wage raises, it is the same thing as we changed the wage before.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I disagree with the fact that $7.25 per hour is enough to make ends meet. However, if we did raise minimum wage there would be major difficulties getting a job and sustaining it.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you, raising it would do more harm than good. It wouldn’t help our economy because we would have a decrease in employment. Companies that could afford many employees now have to down size and potentially put many out of work. Prices on goods would increase, and for small businesses a possible closure. By keeping the minimum wage the same we are helping more people with their income and not just a handful that would benefit by the raise.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Lindsay,
      I agree with you. Raising the minimum wage can effect our economy negatively. There would be less employment in businesses. They wouldn’t be able to keep their business running without increasing their goods and services to be able to pay their employes $10.10 per hour. They’d either have to fire employes or raise the prices for their goods and services. A quote from http://www.unitedliberty.org said “increase in the minimum wage would cost the economy 500,000 jobs, perhaps as many as 1 million, over the next two years”

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Lindsay,
      I have to disagree with you . Not raising the wage would reduce un-employment, but could result is more people not having a place to live. The government continues to raise the prices on gas, taxes, rent, etc.. and if they are increasing payment. but not their paycheck, that would end so badly for our citizens. That is like me giving you $60 and saying “Okay you need to pay you bills, taxes, fill up your car and go to the doctor. Each is $40.”

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I agree and disagree. While I feel the Minimum Wage should be increased, if it was increased to $10.10 most people would lose their jobs and the others would get overworked, making it not worth it. Maybe they should increase it to something like $8.50?
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/28/obama-to-raise-federal-minimum-wage-in-executive-action-tied-to-state-union/

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I disagree with you, Lindsay. I think the minimum wage should raise to at least match the living wage in each state, and then be evaluated annually. You say that many jobs will be lost, which is true. However, the rise in people above the poverty line and who will be able to provide their kids with food – outweigh the consequences.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Lindsay,
      I agree with you completely, raising minimum wage will not change anything positively. By raising minimum wage you will be affecting the whole economy negatively. When you raise minimum wage, you raise the prices of common goods that even people who are not on minimum wage are then forced to pay.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with you Lindsay. I think that raising the minimum wage will have a

      bigger positive effect than every body thinks. http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/sites/democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/files/documents/MinimumWageGeneralFactSheet-January2014.pdf

      This website has all the pros to raising the minimum wage.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      i totally agree with you that raise the minimum wage will cause more problem then it will fix it will cause the American dollar to go down causing price to go up inflation their for it will make the bill useless and it will be better for it to stay at 7.25.

    • SpencerH_4

      i agree with u in a point but i believe we should raise it to 8.35 which is a pretty good mutual spot between 10.10 and 7.25 because if we did raise it up all the way to 10.10 problems of jobs and inflation would occur

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      spencer

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I concur, if you were to choose between 2 people to hire, whom would you choose? An individual that is late, grumpy, and hasn’t accomplished much, or a individual that is on time, with a good attitude, who has gotten a many achievements in his life. Chances are you would hire the second individual. And just like you, most business owners would do the same, this is giving less people an opportunity to work, it always comes down to who is better. And with this current minimum wage, we are offering more Americans more jobs. This has lowered the unemployment rate, and if it rises the rate will go up, a lot. The chart below provided by the United States Department of Labor shows that the unemployment rate is very low, and this allows more families to make ends meet. That is why I agree with you, we should not change the minimum wage.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Lindsay I disagree with you
      i believe but increasing minimum wage to 10.10 that the people
      who are in poverty will have an opportunity to work they way out of poverty
      there are tons of positives outcomes if the minimum wage is changed
      to 10.10 like 100,000 more jobs and 28 million Americans would get a
      raise.” I think you should think about all the positives outcomes instead
      of the negative outcomes.

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree with you. You are correct when you infer that their are bad things that come from making the minimum wage. Though I do not agree when you talk about the government and where they are getting the money from. They will not be getting money they will be forcing them to pay.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree that the minimum wage should not be raised to $10.10 an hour, however it does need to be raised. You said “the wages we have now are enough to make ends meet,” however that is not true. In `Dallas County, the minimum wage is not enough to cover all necessary expenses for a single adult. The minimum wage should be raised to $9.00 an hour because it has a very small affect on inflation and will put fewer people out of a job.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      This is all true, but then again we do have to think about what will happen to these people. We can’t just sit here and know that people are losing their jobs while we do nothing to try and change that. Right now we can’t do anything like you have stated but we need to figure out a way to help these people at-least.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      “Plus, if the government wants to raise the minimum wage, where are they going to get the money from? ” The government is not paying the wages of workers, the corporations themselves are. The government doesn’t pay the person behind the counter at McDonalds, McDonalds itself pays that worker. Increasing minimum wage doesn’t contribute to the national debt.

    • taylor shropshire

      I agree and disagree! If we raise minimum wage then people won’t want to hire people because it will cost them more! yet they need the workers so its a confusing decision .

    • Brandon Burlison

      I disagree with you lindsay i feel like the minimum wage should be raised to 10.10 dollars an hour because it will assist more americans and help their families

      • Bryan

        I disagree with you. If we increase the minimum wage to
        $10.10 an hour it would increase taxes. In the short term it may help the
        family, but in the long term it would hurt them more than help them. Income tax
        would increase by very much and would create more problems, like more people
        complaining that taxes are too high. And nobody wants to pay higher taxes, but
        what would I know about paying taxes as I am just a high school student without
        a job. In short: higher pay= more problems including higher taxes. Have a nice
        day! http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/Cutting_Taxes20101203113413.jpg

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I %100 agree with you we should not change it because it will do more harm than good. By raising minimum wage we are changing alot of peoples live not just our own. Raising it that high will have a major negative effect on the USA and lot of people can lose jobs because of it.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I disagree I say minimum should increase. Mainly because minimum wage is not enough to live off of. At least not where a life”21 states have already raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25.”

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree we should really focus on just raising wages in places that are expensive to live in. Instead of raising it everywhere.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, it will cause more harm than help. It’ll just lower the rate employers are employing people while at the same time causing inflation and giving everybody less spending power.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Lindsay, you said, “…wages we have now are enough to make ends meet.” I disagree with this part of your post. The minimum wage does need to be raised a little bit. I agree with most of your post. We do not need to raise it to $10.10. Instead we should find an alternate minimum wage.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I’m not sure that the current minimum wage is a “good” amount, seeing how families that earn that struggle to live life, but I have to agree that raising that amount doesn’t seem to be worth it. According to an article that goes over this issue, “…there was the estimate that boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would reduce total employment by about 500,000 jobs.” This would pretty much backtrack on what the wage boost is trying to do. There’s also the problem with inflation, and that even though the amount being payed will increase, so will all of the things that you are trying to pay for. So I feel that money is what it is, and if they try to give some people more, others will stop getting money altogether.
      Article: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-24/business/ct-biz-0224-work-advice-huppke-20140224_1_minimum-wage-job-killer-cbo

    • Josh Knight

      I have to disagree with you Lindsay, because prices are just going to keep going up from here. So things are going to get harder and harder to afford; like gas, food, phone bill, etc. Minimum wage is really only suitable for teenagers only, because they only have like maybe one or two bills and gas that’s it for them, But compared to someone who lives on there own minimum wage will not cut it for them. So really minimum wage is only good for teenagers. But i see where you are coming from, where would this money be coming from? The government wouldn’t be able because they have no where to get it from.

  • Lbateman_2boydbence

    I don’t believe that minimum wage should be changed because raising the minimum wage to 10.10 would kill the economy and make even more people without jobs because most companies have a certain amount of money that they can spend on employing people. Either people would lose their jobs or companies would cut the hours that people can work in a day. Raising the minimum wage would ruin families that are making more than minimum wage and just scraping by because they have 3-4 kids. There would be benefits for a few months maybe, but then food prices and other prices of things would go up so that the companies can keep in business.

  • Claire S 2

    With how inflation, and how the economy is changing, minimum wage being increased would very much help people get off the ground in terms of living, food, and other necessities. I think, in Texas, a raise to possibly 10 dollars an hour would work out well. According to how long an average day of work is, 8 hours, you’d get 80 dollars a day, and for most months, that’d total an income of 2400 a month.
    That could pay off rent for a small apartment, and provide food and clothes pretty well.
    Granted, with a minimum wage job, you’d only be able to afford the bare minimum, so I wouldn’t recommend living with one. Unless that’s your kind of style!

    Minimum wage jobs can serve as a passageway into better living, and if you start studying a certain degree or something of the sort in order to get a better job, you can get a better home, more stuff, and etc. But you need to first get settled with the bare minimums, and I believe 10 dollars for minimum wage instead of 7 could really change things for the better. Possibly, maybe even 12 dollars for minimum wage would work! Though that’s a big stretch.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I agree with both Thea Lee and David Neumark. Yes, people who work harder should get paid more. BUT, if we raise the minimum wage, there is the chance that the unemployment rate will rise. We need to remember that that is a possibility. I think we all would enjoy to get more money. But if that were to happen, more people would want jobs. Eventually, there would be no more rooms for employment. Thus making the unemployment rate rise. I live in Coppell and Coppell is, for the most part, a rich little town. That being said, I thing the current minimum wage is perfect for over here. So I am not one to talk about poverty or such a thing like that. But I do understand unemployment. I’m pretty sure everyone would like to help those in need of money. But we need to look at the things at stake here. I do not think risking the possibility of the unemployment rate is a rational thing to do.
    That’s just my opinion.

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    In Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25. Personally, I think that raising the minimum wage is an efficient and beneficial idea. It would help many families and people who are going through financial struggles. But, we cannot ignore the advantages and disadvantages for this situation. When we raise the minimum wage, prices for products and goods will increase drastically. Another con is people will not have as much benefits or lose the benefits entirely (such as food stamps, health care, sick leave, etc), when the minimum wage is raised. Jonathon Meer, an economics professor at Texas A&M, says that the minimum wage is likely to hurt a lot of people, when it’s purpose is to help. In a study done by the Congressional Budget Office, it can end up costing 500,000 people their job, but it could increase hourly wages for 16 million people, can help people get out of debt, and economic recovery. Raising the minimum wage is a tough decision, because it can help and hurt people.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    I think that if the minimum wage was raised to $10.10, the negative effects would outweigh the positive. We just went through a project in one of my classes where we had to be entrepreneurs and make either a product or business. Part of this project included finding out how much everything would cost from the product to the utilities, and the rent to the payroll. In order to make ends meet, we were only able to pay our 3 workers an average of $8.50. However, we gave our manager $11 since that would most likely be their main job. A lot of minimum wage people are students, so they might make the minimum wage for people 21+ different from those below that. If they raised it to $10.10, a lot of people would be laid off because the business cannot afford to keep them and pay their rent and everything else. The other negative effect would be inflammation. Businesses struggling to make ends meet could either, lay off some workers, rendering them unemployed, or they could raise their prices. If the prices of goods go up, then the living wage number would increase as well, making people want more money and putting us into this endless cycle. I think the solution to this problem is to find other ways to either lower the living wage, by reducing the cost of medical care or something else, or to find a way to increase the minimum wage for those over 21. There are ways for people to get the necessary things to live. I, for example have a job refereeing soccer games, I make anywhere from $14 to $21 per game which is 2-3 times minimum wage. There are food pantries and thrift shops, that I’ve volunteered at that their purpose is to make life easier for these people. I think instead of increasing minimum wage, we need to look into lower the living wage because increasing minimum wage will have far more negative impacts than it will positive.

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Here in Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The average full-time worker works 40 hours a week, which comes to $58 a day. Every week they make $408 at best if they work to the bone. $1,632 a month, and that’s before taxes. That’s pathetic; and some of these people have kids to feed, clothe, and buy school things for. But the price of living is getting higher and higher, which would logically mean “Let’s go raise the minimum wage!” However, due to inflation, this would make the cost of living also higher as companies would raise their prices to keep their profits up. Now, we could pass a bill saying they can’t do this, but this is the American government we’re talking about. Land of the Free and all that jazz, so why would we stop corporate enterprise? Not supporting a bill like that, it’s just a “What If?” But there, in fact remains that we used to be able to buy a whole cart-and-a-half of groceries with 20 bucks, and nowadays you can barely get a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk if you’re lucky. Plus, there’s the factor of national debt. This will cause even more inflation as it continues to get worse, ’cause it’s not going anywhere down anytime soon and that’s pretty much set in stone. Which therefore further raises the cost of living. We cannot afford to do this. There is welfare after all, if you qualify, not all people do, but any money you make is good money after all. People have been working minimum wage for years and have been fine. Seems heartless, but in all honesty, it just boils down to the cost of living and debt. Before we think of raising minimum wage, we need to get debt down. Way down. China won’t accept cash bonds forever, and when that happens we can’t afford to have costs going up. Maybe in the future we can, but not right now. Not with these circumstances.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    This infographic shows how minimum wage being raised could result in more problems then ending them. While it says that Washington is low on poverty and high on wage. The map shows that the further down south it is then the more likely it will have poverty levels that are higher than northern states. However raising minimum wage could result in higher poverty rates, Higher prices, and cut hiring because they use higher payrolls and take money from other departments. Minimum wage should not raise until people can get the situation under control.

  • ColinB_3BoydBence

    With how inflation, and how the economy is changing, minimum wage being increased would very much help people get off the ground in terms of living, food, and other necessities.
    I think, in Texas, a raise to possibly 10 dollars an hour would work out well. I mean, it says on CBO that it’d be adjusted for inflation, so no problem there, and according to how long an average day of work is, 8 hours, you’d get 80 dollars a day, and for most months, that’d total an income of 2400 a month.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    I think that we should be raising the minim wage. In the debate of cost and benefits of boosting the minimum wage it say’s “And I think what we need to do is give not just low-wage workers, not just poor workers, but middle-income workers, a raise as well,
    because the key factor in our economy today is that millions and millions of
    workers have been working harder, they’re more productive, they’re more
    educated than they have ever been”. This is explaining that we should be raising it because for the hard workers and the poor workers aren’t getting paid as much as they should be getting for there hard work. Some of these workers are becoming more educated as well as being more productive with there job. With that I strongly agree with the fact that we should be raising minimum wage. Not only for there hard work but also to help them with there basic needs like living, food as well as paying bills.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    Raining minimum wage is only going to hurt the country more than ever. Right now in the U.S. getting a job is a big thing. Now more than ever it is harder to get a job and when you raise minimum wage it makes it ten times harder. Forbes says this “About 60% of the officially poor don’t work, so the only thing raising the minimum wage does for them is to make it harder for them to get a job if they ever decide they want one.” So now when we say oh well we need to get people jobs it just makes it that much more harder to get one. The second thing that I here from people is, “how are people going to live with making 7 dollars an hour?” Well if you know anything about business you would know that minimum wage is an introduction in to the work force. When you look at minimum wage you, the teenager makes “about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less are teenagers between the age of 15 -19″ says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forbes also says this ” Congress raised the minimum wage 10.6% in July, 2009 (know of anyone else getting a raise then?). In the ensuring 6 months, nearly 600,000 teen jobs disappeared.” So really when you look at it you see all that minimum wage dose is hurt the economy if you raise it. So in the end when you raise minimum wage it makes it harder for the poor to get a job as well as teens.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    We should raise minimum wage in this country because it could benefit multiple things such as debts,families,protect worker abuse and a lot more. Starting with debts and poverty, as said in the video if we higher minimum wage we will be bringing 900,000 individuals out of poverty. In the 1950’s wages started lagging behind and more people started to become in debt. With that said just a couple dollars can make a huge difference and if we higher minimum wage we could be helping out a ton of families. Another reason why we should have a higher minimum wage is because we could protect workers from abuse. People who work for minimum wage often do a lot more than they should be. http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/top_5_reasons_why_raising_the_minimum_wage_is_good_for_you_and_me_salpart/ says “Such employers often use undocumented labor, which further undermines America’s working poor.” We should raise minimum wage because it could help families get out of debt and protect more workers.

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    I utterly agree with the raise of minimum wage. I can see where people are going when they say “It can cause more people to become unemployed” or that “The cost of items will raise”. That is a possibility, the they way the government wants to take it slowly only raising it by 95 cents a year though, will help prevent that as much as possible.
    It is so difficult for single mothers right now, I know when my mother was on her own with me, and she was only making minimum wage, she had a lot of trouble and worked so hard for me to have the opportunities I did. By raising the minimum wage we are not only helping out those single mothers but we are helping their children have opportunities, creating memories.
    Raising minimum wage might also help people become more motivated to do their job. I have heard people say countless times “I don’t get paid enough for this”. When people don’t get paid enough they just don’t care but if they are putting more into their wallet they will show more commitment to what they are doing.
    To many people in the nation are below poverty and we are the land of the free, the land of the hard working, not the land of I don’t get paid enough. Let’s help people feel more free with more in their paycheck.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    In Texas the minimum wage is $7.25 and hour, an average person works 8 hours a day which then it causes them to earn $58 per day. The required annual income here in texas for just one person is $19,330 and that is before taxes, after taxes it would be more money. People who have to pay not just for themselves but for a full family needs more money than what a minimum wage pay gives them, to raise a family with two adults and two children they have to pay $40,415 for annual income and this is also before taxes. What I’m trying to say here is that minimum wage being raised would bring so many people and even families out of poverty, minimum wage being raised to $10.10 an hour would help so many families, a regular person working 8 hours a day would make $80 per day instead of just $58 and that is a huge difference. so many families would get out of poverty and the poverty percentage of our country would drop so much. Below you can see what different sizes of families have to pay even if they have that minimum wage.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    Wages should be raised. For example in the Dallas area, the average wage needed to survive is $9.29. The minimum wage in our area is $7.25. That means that we should raise it to that pay. According to CBS News, the cheapest place to live would be in Harlingen, TX. The wage needed to survive for 1 adult is $7.77. That is still higher than the minimum wage. I believe that the minimum wage should be increased to about $8. But, in cities like New York, (which according to ‘The Kipler’ has the highest cost of living) the minimum wage needed to live would be an astonishing $11.50. That is why we need to raise the minimum wage. But sometimes, that would not solve the problem. When we raise minimum wage, according to CNN, we will lose over 500,000 jobs. That is because when we raise the minimum wage, bosses will have to pay more money, leaving less profit. But also on the other hand we would put over 900,000 people above the poverty line. It is a hard decision, but I would prefer to put the 900,000 people above the poverty line and lose 500,000 jobs.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    In Texas and a lot of other parts in the U.S,
    the minimum wage $7.25 an hour. At first it may seem like a lot to earn, but it
    really isn’t enough. I agree with most, the minimum wage should
    be raised. There are many people that are struggling trying to make a living
    just to pay rent or eat food. Or single mothers who are working long and hard
    to support their child. Even normal low class families have to work long hours
    just to be able to try to live a normal life. But the one problem is that
    raising the minimum wage would raise the prices of everything else.
    I think that the minimum wage should be raised to 8.25; it
    would make it so much easier for many families and many people.
    ‘Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about 900,000 people
    would be moved out of poverty. However, opponents feel that this increase would
    reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.’ this could either make us or
    break us, either way it is worth a try, raising the pay could save many
    families.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Despite arguments that raising minimum wage would contribute to inflation and make costs of goods and services increase to the point consumers would not want to buy them, we should raise the federally suggested minimum wage to $10.10. According to the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/business/15-wage-in-fast-food-stirs-debate-on-effects.html?_r=0), paying fast food workers $15 would only increase the cost of the average hamburger 50-60 cents, and if you’re just looking for a cheap, easy meal, 50 or 60 cents isn’t going to deter a person much. The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/12/no-we-dont-spend-1-trillion-on-welfare-each-year/) says that we spend $212 billion on welfare a year, but raising the minimum wage, according to the Congressional Budget Office (http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995), it would raise 900,000 people out of poverty, thus lowering the amount of welfare we needed to spend on impoverished Americans and canceling out–or at least abating–what little inflation would occur.

    Also, the living wage in Texas for one adult is $9.00, but the state only pays adult workers the federally suggested minimum wage. The 2010 Census says that the average household size in Texas is 2.75 people, meaning that according to the Living Wage calculator, there can be up to $14.27 that workers don’t know how to come up with in order to live.

    The attached tables from the Economic Policy Institute show that primarily, those affected by a raise in the minimum wage are 20 and older–people more likely to be taking care of more than just themselves, and consequently, would need more than just $7.25 an hour. Because healthier options in terms of food are typically more expensive, parents are often forced to get fast food or skip out on things like fruit at the grocery store. Side effects of poor nutrition in children specifically, other than obesity, include delayed physical growth and motor development, lower academic achievement, and a greater degree of behavioral problems and poor social skills, according to web.worldbank.org (http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTCY/EXTECD/0,,contentMDK:20207804~menuPK:528430~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:344939,00.html). Data from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the relationship between poverty and obesity is more than coincidental as well, and we all know that obesity leads to things like a shorter life span, diabetes, and heart disease.

    Also, while not purely educational, the Urban Ministries of Durham, a charity group whose mission is to “meet emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter; and to help those who are homeless secure a home and the resources to stay there,” created a game called SPENT in which you are a single parent trying to make your way in life, so people can see exactly how hard it is to pay for everything when you’re making minimum wage or just barely above it. http://playspent.org/

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    In some households there is only one adult working and providing for the family. Sometimes that one adult relies on minimum wage. If we raise the minimum wage we will have a lot less problems on our hands.

    http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/sites/democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/files/documents/MinimumWageGeneralFactSheet-January2014.pdf

    In this website it shows ALL the pro’s of raising minimum wage.

    “Q: Who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage?

    A: Everyone.

     Raising the minimum wage injects money into the economy. An increase to $10.10 would generate some $22 billion in increased economic activity and create 85,000 additional jobs.

     A $10.10 minimum wage would raise the pay of 28 million workers nationwide, generating $35 billion in increased compensation for working families.

     A $10.10 minimum wage would lift 4.6 million Americans out of poverty, and raise the incomes of the lowest wage workers by an average of $1,700.

     The additional household income would benefit some 14 million children.”

    This is one of the pros of raising the minimum wage. There are a lot more on this website. This is just one of them that caught my attention. As you can see everyone benefits from minimum wage. It’s not just the families that benefit. It’s the economy as well.

  • Guest

    The thing about people discussing online whether we should raise minimum wage or not is that the people who do not averagely have access to computers or the internet are the people who are paid at the minimum wage.

    Do you see an issue here?

    Those who are writing on this website for the most part are teenagers who did nothing to earn the privileges they have, yet several of them are saying that the people who work hard at their jobs just to pay their bills should not rise out of poverty.

    You can make all the arguments you want about how their might be inflation in the economy, but the reality is that it would help a lot more people to raise the minimum wage than it would to not raise it. We have a choice between possibly hurting the finances a tiny bit for everyone, but help 5.6% of america a LOT, or keep everything the way it is and continue to have poverty in america be a major problem.
    A couple more dollars every hour could make all of the difference in the world for someone.

  • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

    The thing about people discussing online whether we should raise minimum wage or not is that the people who do not averagely have access to computers or the internet are the people who are paid at the minimum wage.

    Do you see an issue here?

    Those who are writing on this website for the most part are teenagers who did nothing to earn the privileges they have, yet several of them are saying that the people who work hard at their jobs just to pay their bills should not rise out of poverty.

    You can make all the arguments you want about how their might be inflation in the economy, but the reality is that it would help a lot more people to raise the minimum wage than it would to not raise it. We have a choice between possibly hurting the finances a tiny bit for everyone, but help 5.6% of america a LOT, or keep everything the way it is and continue to have poverty in america be a major problem. .

    A couple more dollars every hour could make all of the difference in the world for someone.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    We should raise minimum wage in the U.S because it support many things like f cost and benefits of boosting the minimum wage it say’s “And I think what we need to do is give not just low-wage workers. This info-graphic shows what are the different wages in the Dallas Area, and also shows the other states in the United States that what there minimum wage is or there living wage. It also shows how much parents have to provide depending on how many children they have and if they could make ends meet. Minimum Wage being increased would very much help people get off the ground in terms of living, food, and other necessities.

  • Isabella B

    I think raising the minimum wage could be a good idea, but it could also be a bad one. I suppose it depends on which side you’re on. I think before anything is done though there needs to be serious research and study done on this. I think we need to figure out just how damaging it could be or how helpful it could be, and also compare it to what we have now. If there is going to be a big change then you want to make sure it is for the better. Change isn’t always good.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      I agree with you Isabella, Change isn’t always good. is it worth the unemployment rates going up by 0.3%? by getting people out of poverty, you might actually be putting more people into poverty.

      http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/18/3303201/cbo-minimum-wage/

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      Raising the minimum wage is a good idea. It would increase the number of jobs due to an increase in demand, so people would be hired to produce the products. There would be an increase in demand because people had more spending money and went and bought things. It would raise a lot of people out of poverty. Overall it would strengthen the economy. The article says “Real income would increase, on net, by about $1 billion for families whose income will be below the poverty threshold under current law, boosting their average family income by about 1 percent and moving about 300,000 people, on net, above the poverty threshold.”

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I think that raising the minimum wage is a good thing because it will give us more money that we don’t always have. I think it should be a “living wage” rather than a minimum wage. By that, I mean we should have enough money to spend on gas and other personal needs. Since the gas prices keep increasing, the minimum wage needs to increase. If it stays the same, then we would have less money to spend on things that we need like food, clothes, etc.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Hmm. I think in this case, minimum wage could be good change. Our country needs to pay more for minimum wage. If we do this we would take debt away from millions of people. I mean sure some research needs to be done, but not as much as you seem to think. http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/top_5_reasons_why_raising_the_minimum_wage_is_good_for_you_and_me_salpart/ Take a look at this link

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    Changing the minimum wage will cause a huge problem. If we raise minimum wage, we will cause 500,000 people to lose their jobs, and if everyone keeps their jobs, we will raise the national debt from 17.5 trillion to who knows what. If we raise minimum wages for a few people, we are ruining the lives of others. The solution that best fits this is to leave minimum wage at $7.25. It is not an easy choice, but is a better choice.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/18/3303201/cbo-minimum-wage/

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    I think we should increase the minimum wage to $10. It would raise a lot of people out of poverty. Even though the money you’re being payed comes out of somebody’s pocket it’s still a good thing. The article says “The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates.” Everyone would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage. It would give people more spending money, so people would go out and buy more things. With more things being purchased people would make more money. It would also create more jobs due to an increases in the number of items being bought, which increases production. It would strengthen the economy. .

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      As this info graphic says, raising the minimum wage would take a lot of people out of poverty. The cost of living and typical expenses is more than the current minimum wage. By raising the minimum wage to $10 the hourly would be higher than most peoples expenses allowing them to get by. The excess money would go into the economy, benefitting everyone.

      http://imgur.com/Rt2SPHi

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    In 2012, 280,000 people in Texas earned the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour being the highest population earning minimum wage in America. The closet state to us was New York with 113,000 people earning the minimum wage. Not only is the minimum wage number high but the number of people living in poverty is up there as well. “Texas ranked eighth in the nation in poverty.” (dfw.cbslocal.com) If this pattern continues, what’s stopping these numbers from doubling or tripling? We need to increase the minimum wage in order to help people live better lives so they don’t have to struggle with paying bills or wondering where their next meal is coming from.
    Minimum wage in Dallas is currently at $7.25. In order for changes to be made the minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 an hour. Once the pay is raised statistics state that about 900,000 people will rise above the poverty line. In the state our economy is in, it could help these people to live in this society that continues to raise prices of everyday things including gas prices. A average yearly income for a person who earn’s minimum wage in Dallas is $14,500 according to http://www.nytimes.com. After you add on the monthly payments of rent, food, and things you pay for monthly the result leads you to debt. You don’t have any left over money and are left with more than $5,000 in debt. Year after year this debt builds up and eventually it is passed down to your children. This cycle continues leading to debt that continues to grow. Minimum wage needs to be raised so this cycle can stop.

    Here is an info graphic with statistics about the Dallas County Wages.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    $7.25 is he perfect amount for minimum wage. People who have jobs that pay minimum wage, should know what they are getting into. Also, making $7.25 an hour adds up to a good amount. Or at least enough for someone to get their necessities. No, they won’t have spending money, but high school drop outs who didn’t work hard enough shouldn’t be rewarded with a higher wage. If you want something, you need to work for it.
    People with minimum wage have enough money to get buy, and that should be good enough for someone like a drop out.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    In 1938, the first minimum wage, equaled out to be exactly twenty-five cents. Now, in 2014, in Texas, the minimum wage is a whopping total of seven dollars and twenty five cents. Even though the price has raised, it should be raised once again. It is currently being debated if the minimum wage should be raised from seven dollars and twenty-five cents, to ten dollars and ten cents. The congressional Budget Office states “raising the minimum wage could likely lift 900,000 families out of poverty…” Raising the minimum wage about three dollars more could practically save these families. Though it has been said that many people could lose their jobs, getting people out from having nothing is more important.

    Below are pictures of the minimum wage around the United States.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I live in Dallas, Texas, where the living wage is $9.29. (found on http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113 ) However, the minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 an hour, unless you are “youth” or a student in which case it is even less. Some say that the H.R. 1010-Fair Minimum Wage Act would solve this problem by letting minimum wage workers have the opportunity to live above poverty line by working for $10.10 an hour. I disagree, I believe that it is a nice idea, and I know many people deserve to get payed more than they do but our real problem is inflation. It doesn’t matter how high we raise the minimum wage if the value of a dollar keeps going down. “when you adjust for inflation, today’s federal minimum of $7.25 per hour has a lot less buying power than the $1.60 minimum in 1968.” (found on http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/10/minimum-wage ) We need to focus on inflation of a dollar, not the actual number. If you lived in my town, you would need $9.29 an hour to make ends meet, but thats not important if in a year from now we need $10 to make ends meet. We need to put the value back in our dollar, and we won’t do that by instating the 1010-Fair Minimum Wage Act. Also I would like to share an info-graphic I made, it is attached below. It is about the different minimum wages in Texas, the living wage in Dallas, and even a little on gender perspective on who is working these minimum wage shifts. From these statistics you can see, all though the minimum wage isn’t high enough for everyone to live above poverty line, we are better off than instating the 1010-Fair Minimum Wage Act and having hundreds of thousands of people lose their jobs.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    Minimum wage should not be risen. At $10.10 per hour small business would go out because they could not manage the expenses. Major corporations would take over, and you can say goodbye to organic produce. I digress. It is true that more people would want to work at places that offer minimum wage, but the companies cannot hire them because they cannot manage expenses. Which brings me to this, what is the point of happier workers if you have no workers? According to this article: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/19/Study-38-of-Private-Employers-Will-Fire-Workers-If-Minimum-Wage-Reaches-10-10 ” private employers paying the minimum wage, 38% will fire workers, 54% will reduce the number of employees they hire, and 65% will raise the prices on the goods and services they provide.” In conclusion, minimum wage should be left the way it is.

  • Sierra Spring

    I think that minimal wage should stay just as it is. The risk of putting anyone out of work isn’t bright. The people who get to have a higher minimal wage will be obviously very pleased, but the people who had to get laid off would love to make any money at all. I have read and watched a lot of documentaries about how hard it is to live off of 7 dollars an hour, but at the same time working at McDonald’s was never supposed to be a job for adults making a living. They were always for teens in school, or for retired elders who needed some extra cash. Initially, we’re talking about giving people a higher pay for not doing much at all. Nowadays, there are way for anyone to get into college; people who need an education to receive a better job should use that opportunity.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Sierra,
      I absolutely agree with you. People have to realize that most jobs that pay minimum wage are fast food jobs, or jobs that require low skill levels. Teenagers usually have that job to make a little extra money, not to fully support themselves. If the minimum wage is increased to $10.10 about 500,000 people could lose their jobs.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      Sierra, I agree with you completely. Minimum wage jobs are not ment for people to live off of, they’re more for high school students, and things like that. Ofcourse, I know its hard to get a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage and most people in poverty ending up getting 2 minimum wage jobs, but once they raise the minimum wage it’s going to be harder to get minimum wage jobs. Its also going to put a lot of people out of jobs, therefore it’s not a smart idea to raise it.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree but also disagree, many people will go without a job just wandering the streets with their families as we sit there and watch as this happens. But, theres nothing we can do, if there was a way to make the economy stable while still being able to raise the wages it would be the perfect world for many.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      If the minimum wage should not stay at 7.25. raising the minimum wage would help so many people be able to not just “get by”. People have been getting by for a while, and it’s time for them to be able to feel like they have more than enough. They don’t need to worry about not having enough to pay bills, or to put food on their plates.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I disagree. I believe we should raise it. I believe people are blowing the risk of people being put out of work. While there will be some lay offs these companies still need workers. A lot of these workers have kids, families, and even pets they have to take care of and the current minimum wage is not letting them do that. For this reason I believe we should raise the minimum wage.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. I read that if it goes up they spend way more money every single year. If thats whats the gonna happen in the long run the parents wouldn’t really mind it because they just want to keep their children safe and make sure there healthy.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats say raising minimum wage injects money into the economy, and create more jobs.
    But a new survey, conducted by Express Employment Professionals, also revealed that among employers including those who pay minimum wage and those who pay more, if the minimum wage is raised, 19% would fire workers, 39% would cut their hiring, and 51% would raise their prices. Also The Congressional Budget Office said last month that even raising the country’s minimum wage gradually to $10.10 by 2016 would see employment numbers plummet by 500,000 workers by the second half of 2016. Other estimates say that there is a 70% chance that the number of 500,000 could zoom close to one million. http://goo.gl/4RJfZJ

    For Texas we do not have any laws for the state specifically, we go by the national standard. Our minimum wage here is $7.25. I think that our minimum wage is just fine because its enough to get you by and it should be a motivation to strive for a better job! Why raise it when it just causes more problems.If you really need more money work harder for it.
    This graph shows that when the Minimum wage increased the unemployment went right up with it.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    The living wage from where I live is $9.29 based the calculations from http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/48113. Even though raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 seems like a good thing because people will get paid more, but it will cause problems if we do. According to http://www.breitbart.com if the minimum wage is raised “19% would fire workers, 39% would cut their hiring, and 51% would raise their prices” About 500,000 people would lose their jobs if minimum wage was changed to $10.10. Companies can not have has many employes to pay all of them $10.10. They may have to cut benefits that they give to their employes. Also, the costs of goods and services would rise, we have to keep inflation in mind. We also have to realized that most jobs that pay minimum wage aren’t jobs that people live of off. For example, fast food restaurants pay minimum wage. Mostly teenagers work in fast food restaurants. They don’t need $10.10 per hour. They aren’t supporting themselves. I believe that we should stay at $7.25.

  • Shirley Mei

    In my city, the minimum wage is high, but so is the cost of living.The minimum wage should be raised in certain parts of the United States because it is a step towards ending income inequality. A full-time minimum-wage worker barely makes enough today above the poverty line of $15,510 a year. If the federal minimum wage is increased, 16.5 million low-wage workers will see an increase in their weekly earnings and 900,000 people will rise above the poverty line. Ultimately, a minimum wage value should be determined by the cost of living in an area, but if the federal minimum wage is raised, it will benefit the many Americans who are barely making ends meet.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with you. Raising the wage is, like you said, a step towards ending income inequality. The minimum wage should depend on the cost of living in the area. Not by education, or anything like that, but by how much it costs to live in that area.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      While the ideal you have in mind is good, it is also naive. If the minimum wage was increased to the amount they want, then most people would lose their jobs due to it. It should be increased but not near the amount they think it should be.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree, According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas is “king of the crop” for minimum wage earnings. Of the 3.6 million workers making the federal minimum, 452,000 of them are Texans. And though Texas is still one of the cheapest places to live in the United States, it may not be that way for long. The cost of living in cities like Austin has risen rapidly, with the state’s other big metros not far behind, so by raising the wages the people on the border of poverty can live a more relaxed life in developing states.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree! This is such a perfect point, and I agree. But don’t you think we would have a bunch of people moving and scrambling all over the place trying to get to those places with higher minimum-wage? Thats the only down side of this that I see.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I disagree, raising the minimum wage is just going to cause people to get fired and the people that get raised well not out way the people that get sent back in. Forbes says this “About 60% of the officially poor don’t work, so the only thing raising the minimum wage does for them is to make it harder for them to get a job if they ever decide they want one.” So now when we say oh well we need to get people jobs it just makes it that much more harder to get one.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, I think that the minimum wage should be required to meet the bare minimum cost of living in an area. I live in Dallas county and the current minimum wage is about $2 too short to meet the living cost. While in Nacogdoches county the bare minimum cost of living is $7.29 so the current minimum wage isn’t too far off. If it was a county wide decision everyone would be able to support themselves.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I completely agree. Lifting these people out of poverty is exactly what we need. In my state minimum wage is low and our cost of living is no too high but not low at all. Lifting these workers out of poverty is what we want to see and it doesn’t make much sense to me why someone would say otherwise.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I respectfully disagree. Employers are not willing to just start
      paying their employees significantly more, and give them the same hours. Not
      only will they be moved to part time, they might get laid off completely. Even if
      they were to get to keep their job, the value of our dollar bill will drop,
      raising the prices of everything we are trying to help them afford.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with this 100%. If you live in a area thats very wealthy but the minimum wage is low thats just not right. How do you expect people to pay there bills and just feed there children.

  • Alton Barnhart

    I’m not sure about this one because I kind of feel both sides of the story. I feel like we should do it because it’ll pull so many people out of proverty, but I feel we shouldn’t because so many other people will lose their jobs http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/28/obama-to-raise-federal-minimum-wage-in-executive-action-tied-to-state-union/

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      I feel the same as well, I do not want poverty and the people who work so hard to get more to take home, but I also dont want people to loose their jobs and overall over working the workers who get paid and take home money.
      I guess you could say im indifferent.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Alton,

      I see where you are coming from, but keep in mind, by raising the minimum wage the middle class & hard workers take the bullet for the people of poverty. Hard workers should be recognized for their work, not taken from by lower levels through a higher minimum wage.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      Ofcourse, I don’t like the fact of people being in poverty, but it’s better to be in poverty than to have no job at all. Raising the minimum wage will just cost more people out of jobs which is helpful to nobody.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I see what you are saying, but if you raise it it just causes more people to go into poverty because they loose there jobs. Forbes says this “About 60% of the officially poor don’t work, so the only thing raising the minimum wage does for them is to make it harder for them to get a job if they ever decide they want one.” So now when we say oh well we need to get people jobs it just makes it that much more harder to get one.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I Argee with you that we should give minimum wage at 10.10 a chance because it could be the push we need to help a lot of americans get out of poverty “Harkin estimates that his minimum wage increase would mean about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs and 28 million Americans would get a raise.” With the estimates that Harkin predicts i think we should give it a shot

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Alton I somewhat agree with you. Like it says in the article “Supporters of an increase in minimum wage argue that about 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty”.Honestly thats a really good thing . But, still if we made that decision there would be a major loss in jobs. The decision is a tough one to make. The article I attached below brings up the pros and cons of the increase in minimum wage.
      http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/02/07/the-pros-and-cons-to-upping-minimum-wage/

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Alton, I totally understand where you are coming from, but I think I have found a reasonable option. The Congressional Budget Office has proposed a $9.00 dollar, two step option. The minimum wage will be raised to $9.00 over two years. In result, inflation will not be affected as much, only about 100,00 jobs will be lost, and it will still bring a good number of people out of poverty. This is the best option that has been proposed so far. I was on the fence like you, but I strongly believe in the $9.00, two step option.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you alton i also feel like we should raise the minimum wage to help families that are struggling because they are paid the current minimum wage

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I understand what you are trying to say. According to PBS NewHour, ““If the
      minimum wage were raised to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, it could eliminate half a million jobs. But it would also lift 900,000 families out of poverty and raise incomes for more than 16 million people.” To every happy ending, there is a sad one. And that is what we are experiencing here. Perhaps a compromise would be best for both parties, if we change minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75, less people would lose their jobs, and we would still have many families and individuals above the poverty line. Although personally I believe that we should not raise the minimum wage so that future job positions will be more achievable by the less gifted. And this will cause more individuals to not be able to get the job that supports themselves or their family. That is minimum wage should remain at $7.25.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I completely get what you are saying, its hard to decide which side to go. Its hare to choose when either chose can effect everyone is a negative way. I think that it should be tried out and see what the results are. In my opinion i think that we shouldn’t but there is no absolute way of knowing what can exactly happen.

    • Guest

      Alton, I was in this same position when I first read this article. However, after briefing myself on all of the facts and predictions, I decided the the minimum wage should increase. If fact, just two days ago, Connecticut was the first state to pass the $10.10 minimum wage.
      Also, please take a look at this inforgraphic I created. It supports my opinion and demonstrates the differences in minimum wages across the country, and compared to where I live – Dallas, TX. Thanks!

    • Guest

      Alton, I was in this same position when I first read this article. However, after briefing myself on all of the facts and predictions, I decided the the minimum wage should increase. If fact, just two days ago, Connecticut was the first state to pass the $10.10 minimum wage.

      Also, please take a look at this inforgraphic I created. It supports my opinion and demonstrates the differences in minimum wages across the country, and compared to where I live – Dallas, TX.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Alton, I was in this same position when I first read this article. However, after briefing myself on all of the facts and predictions, I decided the the minimum wage should increase. If fact, just two days ago, Connecticut was the first state to pass the $10.10 minimum wage.

      — Also, please take a look at this inforgraphic I created. It supports my opinion and demonstrates the differences in minimum wages across the country, and compared to where I live – Dallas, TX.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      Yes, I agree there would be many effect if the minimum wage was to increase. But “21 states have already raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25″ So if this many state have already increase minimum wage we should make the federal rate higher too. Maybe 10.10 dollars an hour is too high, but should be higher than 7.25 an hour.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree we should make a smart I feel the same as well, the people who work so hard to get more to take home.

  • KGroberg

    I do not believe that raising the minimum wage would help. Personally it would not help me because one of my family members is a boss of a company and he says that he would not have enough money to pay all the workers. He would have to lay off many people that have worked for him for years and he would be overworking the ones he has. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/28/obama-to-raise-federal-minimum-wage-in-executive-action-tied-to-state-union/

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. If he cuts jobs he will most likely also raise prices which would make the economy balance out again. Except this time, we would have less job opportunities. Those raised out of poverty would go right back when they got laid off or couldn’t find a job.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      I agree.
      Perhaps maybe if we looked at it from the point of view from the people employing the small business owners instead of the ones in poverty.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to agree with you, the article up above states,”But political leaders remain fiercely divided over whether raising the minimum wage will lift millions out of poverty or just lead to dramatic job reductions.” My dad is also a business owner and he can barely afford to pay his employees now. Therefore, the only thing left to do would be to fire some workers, which means slower business and people without a job.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      yes i agree with you we will have to fire more and it will make it worse so the minimum wage should stay the same instead of rise because it will cause more problem then it fixes

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree, increasing minimum wage would put businesses out, so there would be no workers workers to pay the higher wages.

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I do agree. It is a problem if we have to lay people off. This would set back all the work that has been done to get people back to work. If they were to raise the wage they could raise it but 10.10 is a lot.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      KGroberg I agree with you. Raising the minimum wage will not help one bit. Raising the minimum wage means laying off workers. An estimated 1 million or less will be laid off due to the increase in minimum wage. I know it may seem all like ” Yay I get more money”. But, to be honest you wont be saying that when you get laid off. This increase will not help anyone. There are already people struggling to make ends meet with the 1, 2, 3, and maybe even 4 jobs they hold now. Increasing the minimum wage will not help them at all.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I disagree, the people that have been working for him for years are most likely not minimum wage employees. The only people that get a pay change because of an increase in minimum wage are minimum wage employees. It wouldn’t change the wage of someone who is already working for $11 an hour or someone who is paid a salary.

    • taylor shropshire

      Its hard to find a side but think about the workers who are struggling to keep their families afloat.. but yet the company owners need money to so its hard to say!

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree, minimum wage should remain the same at $7.25. Otherwise good and undeserving people will have no job because their employers will not be able to pay them. This also effects other individuals that want jobs to support themselves or their family. If you were to choose between 2 people to hire, whom would you choose? An individual that is late, grumpy, and hasn’t accomplished much, or a individual that is on time, with a good attitude, who has gotten a many achievements in his life. Chances are you would hire the second individual. And just like you, most business owners would do the same, this is giving less people an opportunity to work. This means more people will be having trouble to make ends meet. And according to PBS NewsHour states “If the minimum wage were raised to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, it could eliminate half a million jobs.” This is why we should not raise minimum wage.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you, alot of business owner will have to pay there worker even more money therefore they will lose money. We don’t need more people without jobs. We need to keep the minimum wage as is and not mess with it.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      While I agree that people would lose their jobs, we have to remember these companies still need workers. When they lay off tons of people they will see productivity of a day decrease and their products/goods/services will start to decline in quality. When this happens they will realize they still need those workers and hire people once again. Once that gets over with families who are barely making it by will finally be able to live a happier life with more disposable income, and that’s really what we all want.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I disagree yes there no denying the fact that many people would get laid off, but many more family would be lifted out of poverty. “Raising the minimum wage could likely lift 900,000 families out of poverty”

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree. The issues at hand will not be solved by raising
      the minimum wage, there will be more created. The problems will affect
      everyone, not just the people working on it.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree, raising minimum wage will cause inflation and un-employment rate to go up. As the economy gets better it should be raised. As of now it needs to remain at $7.25.
      http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/03/why-obama-minimum-wage-proposal-will-hurt-working-poor/

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, we’re just going to slow down the reduction of unemployment by raising minimum wage. If anything it will increase unemployment because companies can’t afford so many employees at $10.10 an hour.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree. Raising the minimum wage is not a good idea and will just cause major problems in the end.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    Without a doubt, the question is completely based on what the minimum wage is for the area in question, but since my area is relatively expensive with costs, I feel a increased wage is needed to help people make more money to stay afloat. However, in all seriousness this would also mean that there’d be fewer jobs open, so I guess the min should be increased but by a lesser amount.

  • taylor_w_2nd

    I believe there are better ways to aid the poor than to provide them with a minimum wage increase. Although nation with a significant wealth gap, i don’t believe raising minimum wage will make any change for the better. Recent studies show that increasing the minimum wage will increase the unemployment rates and I assume that a person would rather settle for a minimum wage, than to be unemployed. Increasing the minimum wage will only hurt those living in poverty, and cause a large portion of people to be put out of jobs, causing a deeper cycle of poverty. To prove my point, a recent study showed that a minimum wage would only help 11.3% of workers and considering most of those who live in poverty are not working, argument to raise the minimum wage in order to stop the cycle of poverty is invalid.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    I think that the minimum wage should be increased. In the State of the Union address, Obama says “In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.” If the minimum wage is increased in three 95-cent increments over a period of two years, that should leave time for companies who have to pay their employees to adjust. Also, the congressional budget office states that an increase in wage to $10.10 would cause 500,000 people to loose their job, but would provide more the sixteen million people a pay increase, and raise 1 million people above the poverty line. In Dallas where I live, the minimum wage is $7.25, like many other states. However, in 2013 alone, five US states raised their minimums above the federal level. The White House states that higher wages, “boost productivity, increase morale, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.” Lastly, 63 percent of Americans favor a raise in the minimum wage to $10.10. Yes there will be jobs lost, but the result outweighs the consequences significantly.

  • Melody_M_2boydbence

    I think that raising the minimum wage would help. If we just cut jobs it will most likely raise prices which would make the economy balance out again. Except we would have less job opportunities. But an increase in wage to $10.10 would cause 500,000 people to loose their job but would provide more than sixteen million people to have a pay increase. In Dallas the minimum wage is $7.25 like a lot of other states. Even if there will be job lost it still would help a lot of people out.

  • DennisS_2boydbence

    The first thing we have to take into account before we raise minimum wage is why wages exist. Wages are meant to be a reward for good work, and higher wages go to people who work harder. If we were to leave minimum wage as is, People who work hard but cannot get out of poverty will stay in poverty, while those who slack off will not feel any difference.
    Those who work hard should get enough wage to possibly leave the minimum wage lifestyle. I think that the unemployment rate being raised won’t be as bad as it sounds, especially if those who are still employed are the more productive ones.
    In the end, the question isn’t really how much minimum wage should be, it’s who we should be paying. Will we pay the productive citizens or the ones who will never leave the minimum wage life?

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    Raising the minimum wage could probably if not certainly put people out of their current job/jobs. Note that people are struggling and need money but what about the people who are managing but get the message that they can’t work there because the company can’t afford to pay them because of the minimum wage raise. We don’t want these things we don’t need to make matters worse. There are people out there who get that sad message and get laid off because the company either can’t afford keep them in their company because of our economical structure today. I don’t think we should raise the minimum wage.

  • Guest

    If we raise minimum wage, it wont make a positive affect on anyone. Here in Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The average full-time worker works 40 hours a week, which comes to $58 a day. This is honestly awful. most people have a family and children to support. They have to be able to but food, clothes, and other items to be able to live off of. If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, it could eliminate half-a-million jobs, but it would also lift 900,000 families out of poverty and raise incomes for more than 16 million people.’ But why would we raise minimum wage if we are raising every other cost of items? It won’t change, it will just be the same, but with a higher cost.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree, if the minimum wage were to be raised to 10.10 it would have a positive affect on anyone, especially if they are having to take care of more than themselves.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      Raising minimum wage is debatable there are both pros and cons of doing so. Raising minimum wage can cause more people to loose their jobs, but could also provide more money for people to support themselves and their family. For now, because the economy is horrible, I believe it should remain at $7.25.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    Here in Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The average full-time worker works 40 hours a week, which comes to $58 a day. This is honestly awful. most people have a family and children to support. They have to be able to buy food, clothes, and other items to be able to live off of. If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, it could eliminate half-a-million jobs, but it would also lift 900,000 families out of poverty and raise incomes for more than 16 million people.’ If we raise minimum wage, yes it has its downs, but at least people will be over the poverty line, with a job.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I’m 15 and looking to get
    a job and i would work for minimum wage and that would be fine with me cause i
    have parents who would support me. But if i was an adult trying to keep a house
    and a car “The minimum wage is currently $7.25″ The
    minimum wage of 7.25 of wouldn’t be enough to cover all my
    expenses. Moving minimum wage to $9.88 dollars an hour might not sound like a
    big change but that if you add it all up it could make a huge the difference.
    I think moving minimum to 9.88 has ton of positive effects “increase
    would mean about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs and 28 million
    Americans would get a raise” There are people saying negative
    things but they have no evidence to back it up “those that say raising
    the minimum wage would actually increase unemployment,”
    I believe that minimum wage should be changed to 9.88

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    We definitely should not raise the minimum wage. It may seem like a great idea at first but what its really doing is putting teens and adults out of jobs. In the article it says ” However, opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” With people right now struggling to keep the job that they have raising the minimum wage will make it worse. I know that when people hear about what Obama is thinking of they think ” oh I get a higher paying job”. No thats not the case even if you do get paid more you will eventually be let go from your job. In the picture below it shows how people agree with the minimum wage increase. What they dont realize is how big of a tole it will take on the employment rates.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    Although having more money per hour seems like a great idea, we have to think about how this will affect the economy and the people around us. The article up above states, However, opponents feel that this increase would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” I have to agree because once they raise the minimum wage more business owners are not going to want to pay all their employees that amount, therefore having to fire some of them. More people will be without a job, and what good is that? Therefore, we should keep minimum wage the same.

    • SpencerH_4

      i agree making it higher does seem like a great idea! but theres factors in that like people losing there jobs because companies cant keep as many workers and such. and how much a dollar actually starts to become worth wise (inflation)

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    Minimum wage has and still is growing; it is changing with the times. According to the United States Department of Labor, there are four states with a minimum wage lower than the Federal and five states with no minimum wage. This is due to the states opinion. When the Federal Government agrees to raise minimum wages, the government pitches the campaign to each state’s council. The state then has the option to deny or accept the request to raise minimum wage. And this is why I say we should not raise minimum wage to $10.10. You will have more and more states continue to say no to minimum wage and will decline the campaign. That will only make the situation worse; more states will soon have no minimum wage at this rate. This means that more and more families will be forced to take whatever their managers pay them, and if they get paid to little then the employee can’t afford to feed themselves, their family, or move to a state with a more suitable minimum wage. The pros of keeping minimum wage where it is currently is that according to the video published in the article above, PBS NewsHour states “If the minimum wage were raised to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, it could eliminate half a million jobs.” That is potentially half a million families that will not know when their next meal is, which could potentially effect more than half a million lives. And raising minimum wage has a high possibility of making food and other items more expensive. That will make it even harder for the unemployed to sustain living expenses. Plus the United States Department of Labor shows that the last time we raised minimum wage, over 9% of Americans were unemployed! But ever since then, the unemployment rate in America has been dropping, as the chart below shows. And that’s why minimum wage in my area should remain the same at 7.25 an hour.

    This link here shows the history of minimum wage and what minimum wage is in your state;
    http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.htm

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    i dont agree with this bill people are thinking 10.10 $ will make a better life but then the cost of living will go up so the dollar will be worth less so then everything will cost less and they say it will get 900,000 out of property but if the dollar goes down it will be the same thing and they still be in poverty rendering bill useless because of inflation will cause everything to raise price. so make more money won’t matter they still be in poverty.

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    “A “$9.00 option” would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour in two steps—in 2015 and 2016.” The Congressional Budget Office, a non-biased source, discussed another option for raising the minimum wage in place of the $10.10 option. This option is the best option for several reasons. A $9.00 minimum wage would have minimal affect on inflation, because it will be raised over two years, therefore there will be time for prices to adjust reasonably. This option also puts about 100,000 people out of jobs compared to the 500,000 that would be jobless with a $10.10 minimum wage. Yes, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could possibly bring 900,000 people out of poverty, but it puts 500,00 people, and their families, without an income and possibly on the road to poverty. There will never be a minimum wage that helps keep families of all sizes afloat unless we allow the minimum wage to be raised to a not-so-minimum amount. The $9.00 option is best for inflation, bringing a number of people out of poverty, and the least amount of jobs lost.

  • SpencerH_4

    I think we should and shouldn’t keep the minimum wage where its at we need to come to a in between point so i think we should make the pay like 8.35 instead of 7.25. because if we do make it higher then we run into the problem of inflation and the cost of what the dollar actually is, or how much it is worth. if we were to raise the wage then we would have the cost of the dollar maybe become less and then alot of people would be put out of a job!

  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    When I look at statistics for minimum wage, the amount made, and how much you actually need minimum wage needs to be severely raised, but what would be the affect? If we take the opposite angle raising the minimum wage would destroy jobs.
    “A new survey reports that if Congress raises the current minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, there will be catastrophic effects.
    Among private employers paying the minimum wage, 38% will fire workers,
    54% will reduce the number of employees they hire, and 65% will raise
    the prices on the goods and services they provide.” Raising the minimum wage would have a negative effect on the every people its trying to help. Just in my state alone the affects would be apparent. The unemployment rate is already at 6.7 for Texas,which is one of the most populated states in America. The raise in wage would cut out just in the beginning 500,000 jobs and raise the price if goods across all boards. Raising minimum wage may help people but the economical affects are extremely drastic. Raising minimum wage will hurt the economy.

  • Brent_L_Per1

    In my opinion minimum wage should be based on the cost of living in the area. In Dallas it costs the wage would need to be $9.29 to support the bare minimum finances of a single adult working 40 hours a week. The current minimum wage is $7.25, this means that an adult trying to support themselves would have to either work more hours and cover other people’s shifts as often as possible, or work a second job. This simply is not right, finding a well paying job is hard in this day and age, so many people’s only option is a minimum wage job. But what’s the point of having a minimum wage if it isn’t enough to cover the most basic living expenses? From 1997 to 2007 the minimum wage was $5.15 and it was finally raised to $6.55 which still wasn’t enough to support a single adult. In 2009 the minimum wage was raised again to $7.25 which still was not enough to support a single adult. Honestly what is the point of continually raising the minimum wage but still keeping it below the lowest possible cost of living? It just doesn’t seem fair for someone to half to work all the time and have almost no time off just to pay for their bare minimum expenses. Don’t you think that if they had extra money they would either spend it and put more money back into the economy, or save it and use their saved money to move into better living conditions or find a way to get into a better job where they can actually afford the things they want?

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    Money is what lets us live and exist in this economy, what happens if someone loses all there money because of minimum wages being $7.25? They start to go into debt, lose all their possessions, have to live in the streets because they can’t pay for their house, and possibly even die. These minimum wages are too low and need to change so people will be able to support their families and wont have to live in poverty. Minimum wage should be increased from $7.25 and hour to $10.10. But what if we do raise it?…It will cause major effects in our economy. It will make people lose their jobs and employers will re-think how many people he or she really needs which will cause at least 54% to fire their employees. Changing the minimum wage will ultimately cause major damages, raise the un-employment rate, and maybe even make the government crash. There is no win-win to this situation as the damages will be too much to handle. Something needs to change in our economy to fix this but until then its a win-lose.

  • Anna Betzer

    Yes, we should. Raising the minimum wage is important.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      If we just raise the minimum wage it won’t do us any good. The fact of the matter is that if we increase it our money will have less buying power therefore we will have to raise it again creating a vicious cycle.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I wish you would have supported your answer so we could discuss more in detail, but concerning your answer, I must disagree. If it’s poverty that you’re trying to solve, raising minimum wage won’t help. In an article that talks about this, there are three main reasons why this won’t work. Reason number one states that by raising minimum wage, you’re only helping those who already make that pay. This doesn’t help the rate of unemployment, and due to increase of money some are getting, others have to lose their entire job. Reason number two is that most people earning minimum wage aren’t currently living in poverty. So what you’re aiming for isn’t actually getting accomplished. The third reason almost refocus on the first one, saying that the only people who benefit from the increase of income are those who are currently making that income and not at all helping those who don’t have a job. This also puts a greater distance on the income gap. So by raising the minimum wage, not only are you not doing anything about poverty, but you’re helping to make it worse.
      Article: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/01/raising-the-minimum-wage-will-not-reduce-poverty

  • taylor shropshire

    We should bump minimum wage up higher but not to 10 dollars because that is too much. if we raise it too much then it will throw off the balance of the economy. yet at the same time people need money to live their daily lives prices are rising and people are struggling to afford things! If we bump it up to could help people!

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. Raising minimum wage $2.85 to $10.10 from 7.25 is a big increase and will increase the un-employment rate. For now I believe that we should leave it at $7.25 and as the economy gets better we should increase minimum wage.

  • taylor shropshire

    We should bump minimum wage up higher but not to 10 dollars because that is too much. if we raise it too much then it will throw off the balance of the economy. yet at the same time people need money to live their daily lives prices are rising and people are struggling to afford things! If we bump it up to could help people! Although if we raise salary then prices are going to rise and we would have to pay even more for our dailies!

  • Brandon Burlison

    Minimum wage 7.25 dollars and hour or in Texas at least I feel like there should be a change here, with the newly proposed bill of raising the minimum wage to 10.10 dollars and hour it would help millions of people get up and off the ground and begin living a better life although many people may lose their jobs it will be worth the increase in the end and it will give young americans better opportunities in the future

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    Minimum Wage is the lowest amount of money you can earn while having a job. This usually does not increase by any means. I believe minimum wage should not increase. Raising it can cause effects on companies across the USA significantly. Prices on products will also go up. When you raise minimum wage you are risking the amount of money you and your workers are making. If you start losing money then you will have to start laying off people that work for you and therefore in the long run your company can go out of business. When you fire employees they are now not making any money there fore putting more and more people in or what can lead to poverty. Lots of people talked about poverty and how much of the USA is in poverty and how to stop it, well I think that by raising minimum wage will increase this number because if business are paying more to there workers, then t“`..;’hat mean they are losing more money and by losing even more money than on the $7.25 per hour they will start firing to spend less money. The image that is attached to this post is about poverty in america and what states are most effected by it. I believe that this number will increase if minimum wage is as well. In the article it states “reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” This meaning that by raising minimum wage the number in the graph will go up. For these reasons I strongly believe that minimum wage should stay as is.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    Minimum wage is the main source of income for tons of families everywhere, unfortunately it is actually lower than the cost of living in most of the states. Now imagine if those families have 2 or 3 families. Imagine barely scraping by and not being able to pay for basic essentials. This is the story of poverty stricken families all around the US. I believe the way to fix this problem is raising the minimum wage up to or over the cost of living in that state. If we do this, it should hopefully raise these families up and out poverty and help them find better sources of income.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    While I see the reason behind raising minimum wage it would be useless. In the very short run, if that, it would help. In a short amount of time inflation would set in and the $10.10 would be worth the $7.25 that minimum wage is now.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I think that they should raise minimum wage because it will help many family’s. Just with the little money they get they will have more money to feed there children and put a roof over there head.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    The minimum wage should not be raised. If minimum wage is raised to $10.10 the
    level of unemployment rate would be increased dramatically. In the Do Now
    Discussion above it says, “However, opponents feel that this increase would
    reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” If the minimum wage were
    raised to $10.10, than stores and businesses would raise their prices, this
    would cause the government to print off more money causing the value of the
    dollar to decrease. There are too many negative things that would happen if the
    government were to increase minimum wage. Doing so would only cause employers
    to fire employees very quickly or not allow them to work full time so the
    employer would not have to pay for benefits. Lets say there are two people applying
    for a job, one of them just got out of high school, and the other has a college
    degree. Which individual do you think an employer would pick? The answer is
    very obvious. The employer wants the individual who has the college degree
    because they are more experienced, know what they are doing, and the employee
    will help the business more rather than the person who has only graduated high
    school. The following article called “Nobel-winner Edmund Phelps on his plan to
    help low-wage workers — without raising the minimum wage” from The Washington
    Post is a good alternative to reducing unemployment rate rather than raise the
    minimum wage and help the lower class people. “Better yet would be an even more
    transparent approach: a government subsidy to businesses that hire low-wage
    workers. So, for instance, if Walmart paid an employee $7 per hour, the
    government would chip in $4 to bring that hourly wage up to $11 per hour. Firms
    don’t pay more, but employees earn more.” Raising the minimum wage to $10.10
    has too many negative things that would happen. It is not a good idea to say
    the least and there are other alternatives to decreasing unemployment rate and
    help those who are struggling.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    The benefits of something often mask the disadvantages when
    just looking at the positives. Raising minimum wage does in fact solve
    problems, but the problems it then creates outweigh them. While the people
    currently working on minimum wage may have a higher salary (eliminating all
    other factors), their hours will most likely be cut if not completely taken.
    Not only this but the value of the dollar for everyone will decrease, creating
    more problems than we can only imagine. Breitbart says that “38% of minimum-wage
    employers will fire workers if minimum wage reaches $10.10” What many people
    are not realizing is that minimum wage is not meant to live off of, it is meant
    to introduce a person to the business or working world. Making the minimum wage
    livable only encourages people to continue working at this level and never
    continuing onto bigger and better things.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    The current minimum wage for where I live is $7.25. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 is not reasonable. Most businesses and companies have money put to the side to pay the employes. If we raise minimum wage to $10.10 businesses would start losing money which may cause more employes to loose they’re jobs. They economy right now isn’t so good, so If minimum wage is going to raised, then we should at least wait till the economy is better. For now we should just keep minimum wage at 7.25.

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2013/02/25/obamas-minimum-wage-hike-will-raise-unemployment

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    Although the raise of minimum wage to $10.10 has the valid point of equaling out the income gap and help 900,000 people get above the poverty line, the main fault in this is that it would cause 500,000 people to loose their job altogether. Right now, people have jobs, but even if they don’t have much they are still making money. If their wage is raised, those people will get a higher income, but other people who had jobs before will now be unemployed. I think it would be different if including the raise in pay, there was also a raise in jobs, but that isn’t the case. An article from Fox News discusses this and states that the President “…plan(s) to increase the overall federal wage to $10.10 over three years, then indexing it to inflation, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers…,” which sounds like a great plan, except for the part where they leave out all those who lose their jobs due to that. Another article says that raising minimum wage actually won’t help get people out of poverty for these reasons, “…the only workers who benefit from a higher minimum wage are those who actually earn that higher wage… Second, few minimum-wage earners actually come from poor households.
    Third, the majority of poor Americans do not work at all, for any wage, so raising the minimum wage does not help them.” This further helps to prove my point. So by changing the lowest pay amount, this won’t in any way help out those who are in poverty or others who have a job as of today.
    Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/28/obama-to-raise-federal-minimum-wage-in-executive-action-tied-to-state-union/
    Second Article: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/01/raising-the-minimum-wage-will-not-reduce-poverty

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that the minimum wage should be based off of the average amount needed to live dependent on that particular state so if it’s more expensive to live in a state like NYC then the minimum wadge should be increased. According to the map below The minimum wage is almost the same every where on the map. So even if it’s really expensive to live some where that person will still get the same pay as someone who lives on cheap land.

  • Guest

    Here’s an info graphic I made.

  • Kayce

    I believe that minimum wage should be raised so people can actually live comfortably and not have to worry so much about their budget. The minimum wage is far too low for people to live off of.

  • Alyssa

    I believe that minimum wage is to low for people to live off of, minimum wage should be raised so people can live a more comfortable life style and not have to worry about money.

  • Vanessa

    I believe the minimum wage should be increased because it would benefit the people and provide them with a better lifestyle.

  • Isaac

    I think minimum wage should be raised because people will be able to live better lives.

  • Erik

    I believe that the minimum wage should be increased, because a minimum wage of $10.10 raises more people out of poverty than people losing their jobs.

  • Justin

    I believe that people would benefit from the minimum wage increase but, many other people would be unemployed

  • Kierstyn W

    I believe minimum wage should be increased, even though that would leave some people without a job. But it would also help those who are really in need of money right now, especially those with children. Therefore I think it would be amazing if minimum wage was raised!

  • Maritza

    All though it is said that 500,000 people would loose their jobs, i believe raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would be very beneficial to many people across the nation as it would lift a massive amount of families out of poverty.

  • Greg

    I believe that the minimum wage should be increased to a point, but not to $10.10, maybe to at least $9.45, because it would bring some people out of poverty. Even if some people lose their jobs it would create some jobs.

  • Andrew

    I believe that the minimum wage should be raised, because the amount of people that would be raised out of poverty is higher than the amount of people that would become unemployed, which almost seems like a reasonable tradeoff. A minimum wage increase to $10.00 would, as stated by Fiona, whom I agree with, would boost the overall morale of workers and they would want to work.

    • Maritza

      preach

  • Adam<3

    I agree with most that minimum wage should be raised

  • Anessa

    In my opinion minimum wage should be raised because it will allow people to live comfortable and without worry.

  • nick

    I believe minimum wage should be raised be cause it will lift more people of of poverty than people that will be unemployed. 900000 people will be lifted from poverty and only 500000 workers will go unemployed.

  • ryan c

    I dont feel that minimum wage should be increased any more than it needs to be because raising the hourly wages takes away the incentive for people strive to do better in the work field. If the bare minimum pay is enough to get you by and bring people out of poverty, then why would people try to work harder and get a better education. And by doing this enables people and gives people the power to not try as hard.

  • comic kid

    I believe that the minimum wage should increase because it would help people who work two jobs. With the new increase it would help families live a comfortable life because parents wont have to worry about a second job.

  • Isabel

    I believe that minimum wage should be increased, because many people need the money to have a better lifestyle and be comfortable with their own money.

  • Ave$

    Minimum wage should remain the same. I believe if someone wants to earn more money they should get a higher education and go to college. Yes, if minimum wage is increased there are greats benefits such as 900,000 people coming out of poverty but on the other hand there is half a million people that could potentially lose their job. There is too much controversy and the minimum wage is perfectly fine the way it is.

  • Desiree

    Raising the minimum wage would be extremely beneficial; however, it would rise the cost of productivity. Following along job losses.

  • Fabiola

    I believe that the minimum wage should be increased, because it would benefit the people that have minimum wage of $10.10. It would increase 900,000 families out of poverty but that would be better than 500,000 workers losing their jobs.

  • Brooke

    I believe that minimum wage should be increased, because people will be able to live a better life and bring people out of poverty.

  • Alondra

    I think the minimum wage should be increased to $10 to help more people to afford living cost. More people would be moved out of poverty then people losing their jobs

  • Anessa

    I believe minimum wage should be increased because the above article states 900,000 people would be removed out of poverty. With that being said, higher pay would be beneficial

  • riece

    The above article’s research states that raising the minimum wage would bring 900,000 people out of poverty and puts 500,000 out of a job. Raising the minimum wage would be beneficial, as the positive clearly out weighs the negative.

  • Darah

    I believe that minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. This could positively affect many people in living conditions. The raise would help 900,000 people out of poverty only leaving 500,000 people out of jobs.

  • Natalie Gutierrez

    I believe that minimum wage should be increased, so that people can live comfortably.

  • Raina

    The raising of minimum wage is an idea that can be viewed as brilliant in a sense but the long term effects aren’t getting put into the light. When raising minimum wage, the idea of bringing people out of poverty and assisting the poor cloud our eyes and force us to want to help the second an issue occurs; however our already suffering economy and rising unemployment rate will surely suffer far worse than benefit if we raised minimum wage. A few more dollars would no longer mean a lot if that meant some people will lose their job and suffer more in the long run.

  • Xillia

    I disagree because if they raise the minimum wage, people will start losing jobs like crazy.

  • Vivian Bustos

    I don’t think raising minimum wage would really make a difference, because once they raise minimum wage, they’ll also raise prices so nothing will change much.

  • Miriam J

    I think that the minimum wage should be raised. I think that if the minimum wage is raised a lot of low income families would be benefited. Also, there would not be as much poverty as there is right now all over the world.

  • MIzael VIllegas

    I think minimum wage should stay at where it is at. But i do think that prices of things should be lowered because people who make minimum wage cant afford certain things, If it weren’t for that people wouldn’t have a problem with minimum wage.

  • Isis

    I think the Minimum wage decision would be a good thing and a bad thing. My opinions are for and against it. I think if minimum wage is raised, prices of products would be raised at stores, etc. It would lead to future minimum wage raise again later in the future and again, then it would eventually end up with money having no value anymore…I also think it wouldn’t be fair for the people who are paid a high wage because everyone else’s wage below them would be raising and they would stay in the same place. I am also for the minimum wage raise because the poverty percentage would go down, more people would be able to afford more(meanwhile prices in stores don’t go up), and people may have a more stable life.

  • Felicia Bueno

    well raising the pay would be be nice however it could lead to inflation in our economy and the best way for now is to leave the minimum way the way it’s at.

  • efa;djkf

    Yes bc it helps our economy :0

  • Brenda Bueno

    Minimum wage should be raised because as the article says, it would lift 90,000 people out of poverty which will allow them to live a better life for them and their family. As for the unemployment, like economists said, it will have “little or no job loss”.

  • Yasmine

    i think that it should be raised because if it was raised there would be little consequences and it would take alot of people out of poverty

  • Jade Gordon

    Raising the minimum wage would help out everybdoy in different ways. But, most importantly is can help put the people who can only get minimum wage jobs. Not everybody went to college or had a solid education. Or perhaps, did not even have the money to pay for a futher education. Sometimes McDonalds or Burger King is the only option. And in this generation $7.25 will get somebody nowhere especially if they have a family. Prices are already at an all all time high because the economy is going through a recission. But, if the minimum wage is raised then people start making more money and spending more money which can help out the economy. Moreover, if the minimum wage is raised to ten dollars than the prices of goods and services will rise too. But, raising the minimum will still make a big difference for families and students that need some extra money. Also, raising the minimum wage will have more job openings. I am from Detroit, Michigan were people are struggling tremendelsly and as a result, voilience and scams are a on a all time high. But, if they knew minimum was was ten dollars an hour, more of them would be off the street and making money in a legal form.

  • Brock Miller

    @KQEDedspace I feel that since the dollar value is changing the minimum
    wage should change as well. So the minimum wage should increase.
    However, with that being said, the costs of things may increase due to
    this change and we will be back right where we started. #DoNowWages

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/minimum-wage-obama-study_n_4240478.html

  • kyle green

    Emily Petty @eppetty

    i do not agree with your statement, because if the
    government raises the minimum wage the cost of living will go up because the
    small stores will have to pay there workers more. And when the minimum wage
    goes up so does the cost of living and in the end you have a large inflation
    rate and then the country falls back
    into a recession and possible another depression. So all in all the country is
    better off with leaving the minimum wage at $7.40. And possibly try to bring
    down the cost of living in general and keep the minimum wage the same.

    http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/10/minimum-wage

  • Zach Johnson

    Ultimately what it comes down to is, are they going to spend the money they are given or are they going to hoard it. That is what will dis side if this wage increase will work, money has to circulate through the governmental system. When you spend money normally business and work level out but when don’t the system becomes unstable.