Controversy Of Raising The Minimum Wage

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I believe that raising the minimum wage would be an effective strategy to reduce the high poverty rates that have been problematic for many years. In 2015, about 172,620 Maine people received an income that was below the poverty line. I have seen how hard it can be to find a job that pays more than minimum wage in rural Maine areas, so finding a better paying job is not always an option.

If the minimum wage was increased, more people would be able to make an income that is above the poverty line. Likewise, people would be able to support their families by working a larger variety of jobs that would normally be insufficient. For example, a job at a fast food restaurant may have a income that is below the poverty line, but if the annual wage
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