Wage – Employment

Many people can think back and remember the time when they were working at their first job. For many, a first job comes with a minimum wage hourly rate. Many teens taking on their first job are willing to take any pay and are therefore satisfied with this rate. The current minimum wage in California is $9 and $7. 25 across the United States. The minimum wage must be raised because the cost of living has gone up severely, the cost of education has increased, and it will save the government money. Since the cost of living has sky rocketed, it has become almost impossible to raise a family on a minimum wage job.

A person living on his or her own cannot survive on minimum wage job either. Their living expense would just be too much. The earnings of minimum wage workers are crucial to their families well being. Evidence from 2013 and 2014 minimum wage increase shows that an average minimum wage worker brings home more than half of his or her family’s weekly earnings. In 2013 one million single mothers with children under 18 would have benefited from a minimum wage increase to $10. 15. Single mothers are 10% of workers affected by an increase but they make up only 5. 7 of the overall work force.

More than two million married men and women with children under age 18 would also benefit from an increase. Adults make up the largest share of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. Adults age 20 and over will make up approximately sixty-eight percent of the workforce affected by a minimum wage increase to $10. 15 by 2015. Close to half of the workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase work full time and another third work between twenty and thirty four hours a week. The minimum wage needs to be increased for families to survive in our society today. The cost of education is a lot more today.

Not only has the price of college gone up but also the price of many private and catholic schools. A college education is essential in today’s world. Children cannot better themselves if their parents cannot pay for their education. Thus leading to inadequate education of children as well as adults in college. Some children have to rely on themselves to pay for college.

They are not able to go, because they cant afford it on their minimum wage job. This is just not fair to our young kids who are the key to our future. If the minimum wage is increased, many people would be have the opportunity for a better education to themselves and their children. In the future you are going need a college degree to do almost anything. As technology gets better and more advanced the people are going to have to understand and learn more. Some businesses need educated people so bad that they are willing to pay for their worker to go to college. As the demand for and educated worker gets higher so does the price of education. In order for the average person to go to college they need more than a minimum wage job to get there. Raising the minimum wage will save the government money.

With helping people get off food stamps, raising the minimum wage would save the government $46 billion over 10 years in spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as people earn enough on their own to no longer qualify. EPI’s report found that if the minimum wage was to be raised more than 1. 7 million Americans would no longer rely on public assistance programs. This would produce $7. 6 billion per year or more in savings for the federal government, according to this study. Currently, half of all people earning under $10. 10 per hour, roughly 11. 9 million Americans, receive some form of benefits from the government, like the Earned.

Income Tax Credit, food stamps and others. Last year, EPI researchers estimated that raising the minimum wage to $10. 10 would likely boost wages for 27 million American workers. Millions of families would be saved and finally be able to support their families without relying on the governments help. It is important that families are able to survive on their own without waiting on help from the government. Millions of Americans, known as the “working poor,” are unable to lift themselves above the poverty line despite working full-time, minimum-wage jobs.

If the minimum wage was to be raised, many of these people would not have to rely on the government just to make ends meet. The minimum wage needs to be increased for people to survive today. Everything costs more from education, food, and medicine. As welfare reform forces more poor families to rely on their earnings from low paying jobs, I believe an increased minimum wage increase is likely to have a profound affect on reducing poverty. An increase would also encourage people to go get jobs. They would feel that they are getting fair pay for their work. By raising minimum wage you are encouraging a more educated and skilled person to get an education and get a job.