Kadence A. Texas

Why we must raise the minimum wage

Reasons that the next President must raise the minimum wage.

     Dear Mr. or Mrs madam president,

As a new president there will be many decisions you need to make. One of the main problems you must fix is raising the minimum wage. Millions of hard working Americans aren’t receiving the amount of money they should be earning.If people were paid more for working there would be a big reduction of poverty. A higher minimum wage would reduce government welfare spending.

I found a little bit of information about how minimum wage would reduce income inequality,and here’s what a someone had to say about reducing income inequality “There is perhaps no issue in America more contentious than income inequality. Everybody has a theory as to why the gap between rich and poor has widened and what should be done if anything to close it. A full explanation should help us understand why the United States stands out for having an especially high and rising inequality of income.” In the U.S the cost for living has skyrocketed. Everything from gas to food has increased in price. But yet for some reason the workers are not making any more money. With companies making millions of dollars, how come the actual people doing the work barely make anything?According to CBS news “Currently as of Jan 2016 the average minimum wage in the U.S is $7.25”.

Assuming you work 40 hours a week that adds up to about $1,160 per month. But with the average cost for rent a month being $1,200 a month how are these workers supposed to pay for rent, food, insurance, and many other things? It’s not possible. Us teens are typically the one.Us young people are the future of this country and if we can’t make it through the hardest years of our lives then there will be no future at all. Only a couple more dollars an hour can make a huge difference and in many cases can be the decider between success and failures making this little and we are just starting our adult life and need all the support that we can get. Why are we making it so hard on those who are just trying to grow up?

I know you might be saying a minimum wage increase would hurt businesses and force companies to close but would you rather get more money to pay for your things? President I ask you to change the law because we do not want to see America in this condition.This is not the way our people should be living or trying to survive. Kadence A.

Works Cited

Exchange, The. "The Minimum Wage Debate Continues But Some States Choose Compromise." New Hampshire Public Radio. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

Messenger-Inquirer, Don Wilkins. "Bill Would Raise Minimum Wage." Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. 04 Nov. 2016. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

"Minimum Wage - ProCon.org." ProConorg Headlines. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

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