Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Essay

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For the past year I have watched my younger sister struggle to support herself and her now 11 month old baby. She makes more than minimum wage. She has struggled to the point where she was evicted and now lives with me. I have also experienced struggling on low pay. When I was 18 I was kicked out of my family’s house, and I was only making $8 an hour. There were days where I had to choose between paying rent and getting my electricity shut off, just because I couldn’t work enough hours to pay all of my bills. It can be very scary to only make minimum wage and have to support yourself. There are changes that need to be made so that every person can live properly with any job. Minimum wage should be raised to at least $15 …show more content…
Making more money, they will be more likely to take care of minor problems and splurge a little on entertainment. This will put money back into circulation instead of sitting in a bank. Most business owners will have no problem with the pay raises for employees because more people will be spending money in different places, including their business. A lot of people believe that spending more on employees is bad for businesses but with higher pay rates comes higher morale and better work performance. Wealth needs to be shared. A business may be started by a handful of people but it takes more to keep it going. If the people on the bottom made more, and the people on top shared what they had instead of taking more, than there would be less of a social divide. Economic status should not determine who deserves to live comfortably. Everyone deserves to have basic necessities. Living comfortably means having food, shelter, clean water, and everything it takes to survive in today’s society. Unfortunately all of these things cost money. Minimum wage being too low makes people make choices between necessities. For example, a mother may have to choose between getting her electricity shut off and feeding her children for a day if she does not have enough for both. Without electricity there would be no heat in a house during winter and if it’s below freezing that can be dangerous. The media makes poor people out to be the enemy for the economy, but this is not right.

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