Persuasive Essay On Raising Minimum Wage

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Lewis 1 Nicole Lewis English 103 Professor Davis 20 April 2015 Raising Minimum Wage In society, a vast majority of people are subjected to working minimum wage jobs, many of which have families to support. Minimum wage jobs were not intended for living off of, but that is no longer the case unfortunately. Some people believe that raising the minimum wage will raise prices, and then lower demand. Though this may appear true, raising the minimum wage in the long run will actually help businesses thrive, thus relieving income inequality, and helping the lives of struggling young adults and families living off of minimum wages. Contrary to popular belief, raising the minimum wage will help business flourish. With…show more content…
Based on a graph presented by David Cooper and Doug Hall in the report “Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Give Working Families, And the Overall Economy, a Much­Needed Boost,” throughout the United States, 11.4 to 27.5% of children (varying by state) have parents who would be affected by the raise in minimum wage. Thus, raising the minimum wage would leave more money for parents of families in poverty to buy their children food, clothes, shoes, and other necessities that, in many low income cases, must be rationed. Amongst those who are struggling to survive off of minimum wage, in 2011, half were under the age of 25 (United State). Many college students struggle to balance time for academics, extracurricular activities, as well as finance: car payments, rent, student loans, food, gas, and many others. One article from USA Today, “How Much Would a Minimum­Wage Increase Help Students?” by Jackie Tempera, features a college student, Christin King. Christin says she is really stressing out, struggling to pay for the following necessities, but she says, not having a job is not an option. Tempera says that if the minimum wage were raised, it

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