The Minimum Wage Policy During The United States

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News stories abound with demands from workers, organizations, and lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage. Headlines throughout the country highlight recent minimum wage policy changes in major cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced an approved minimum wage increase to $15 an hour for all fast food workers in the state (McGeehan). Even the website for the White House has a separate page, “Raise the Wage,” advocating for Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour ("Raise the Wage"). The most commonly held beliefs supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage are the potential lifting of families above the poverty line and the reduced demand for governmental assistance promised by livable wages. Democratic legislators believe people who work hard in the United States should receive living wages that combat poverty. Emotions flare over the minimum wage debate due to its strong connection with poverty and governmental assistance. While the issue tugs at the heart, people must also consider the issue logically in order to avoid unforeseen consequences. Increasing the federal minimum wage will have negative effects on training opportunities, non-wage compensation, and labor competition. An increase to the federal minimum wage adversely influences the training opportunities afforded to unskilled and low-skilled workers. Minimum wage impacts a company’s willingness to take a risk in hiring
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