The Benefits Of Raising The Minimum Wage

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Why Minimum Wage Should be Increased
Raising the minimum wage is a very important public policy issue. Raising the minimum wage is a responsible policy that is supported by research and demanded by the American public. Each day, minimum wage workers across the country struggle to make ends meet and provide a decent life for their kids (Scott & Perez, 2016). Raising the minimum wage is a controversial issue, many believe that raising the minimum wage would only provide low wage workers more money to spend. However, the benefits can be endless for low wage workers. If minimum wage is increased across the United States it would afford the people effected more opportunities for financial freedom. Increasing the minimum wage would raise the standard of living for low wage workers, allow families to be removed from poverty, allow for government welfare spending to be reduced and lastly additional income being spent would positively affect the economy. The working poor are people who spend 27 weeks or more in a year in the labor force whose incomes fall below the poverty level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 9.5 million of people who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force were poor. That year, the working poor comprised 6.3 percent of all individuals in the labor force (Proctor,2015). If you are in the labor force you should not be poor. Low wage workers are being taken advantage of and not given the simple benefits. Without benefits being provided by employers and with The Obama Care’s Health Care Bill in effect, if someone does not have healthcare they are required to pay a fee that could cost up to $600. So, if they do not qualify for Medicaid, they must factor in an insurance bill into their already low budget. A bill that most people do not have to worry about because their jobs provide them full benefits. The argument against low wage workers is it would only give them more money to spend, which is true, money they need for expenses that most people do not have to consider. Senators who advocate for raising minimum age would like to increase it to $10 -$15/hr. that is a salary of $31,000 a year. That would make a great difference than the $15,080 salary that minimum wage
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