Minimum Wage Pro vs Con

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The Fair Law Act of 1938 brought minimum wage to the United States and made workers that were nonfarm and non-supervisory workers make a set amount of money hourly, daily, or weekly that later changed to nearly all labor force. More recently, 2007, minimum wage amount increased a bunch from $5.15 to 2009’s $7.25. Today’s minimum wage is reaching numbers near double digits (depending on the state) like Washington at $9.32 an hour, or Oregon at $9.10 an hour with plans to increase it even more. With both pros and cons in minimum wage, a big debate has opened up on the effects minimum wage will have on our country which poses the question, should we increase minimum wage? Homelessness has decreased since 2007 (Katel).Katel understands that there are still a huge amount of homeless people in the United States so if minimum wage increases in 2007 potentially helped homelessness back then, then why wouldn't increasing it even more decrease homelessness. Experts agree that poverty is directly related to homelessness he goes on to say. Unemployment and low incomes are one of the main reasons for homelessness in the U.S. (Katel).He also states that housing the unemployed is not the best option because its possible that they would use the house as an advantage for drugs. As a result minimum wage increase could help homelessness rate in the United States. A counter is that, “it would lead employers to automate workplaces and reduce job opportunities for the lowest-skilled workers, while doing nothing to reduce poverty” (Mantel) In other words, It would make employers reduce their workforce which would overall increase unemployment (Mantel). This unemployment increase would also result in a homelessness increase, the complete opposite of the pro view. “Advocates say increasing the federal minimum wage would help struggling low-income families, nudge down poverty and

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