Raising Minimum Wage
The minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 (www.alternet.org) rather than the current $7.25 because young Americans need a reliable income, and raising the minimum wage would bring many over the poverty line.
My name is Gabby Spruill and I am a junior attending Eastern View High School in Culpeper, Virginia. First I would like to congratulate you on winning the 2016 presidential election! During the next four years, I hope to see you making changes for the better in order to positively benefit our country. A suggestion for you would be to raise the minimum wage in America to benefit young adults, as well as other demographics. The minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 rather then the current $7.25 because rising young adults need to be able to support themselves without the help of their parents, and raising the minimum wage would bring many Americans out of poverty.
An increase in the minimum wage would benefit many young adults, college-age students in particular. This would benefit college students because earning more money at their job allows them to pay for unexpected fees and groceries without them having to ask their parents for money. Young adults are often considered inexperienced workers, therefore making it harder for them to get a job that pays more than minimum wage. If the minimum wage was increased, young adults would be able to pay for many things they would usually ask their parents to buy for them or lend them money for.
Everyday, millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet working a minimum wage job. This results in many people living in poverty. Raising the minimum wage would bring many out of poverty and may even allow citizens to stick to one job rather than working multiple jobs at minimum wage in order to make ends meet. An aspect of living in poverty includes using food stamps. If the minimum wage was increased, approximately 3.5 million Americans would be able to stop using food stamps, according to alternet.com.
My fellow Americans and I are very eager to witness how you will improve our country for the better. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter on a problem you may be able to resolve during your presidency.