Andrew N. California

Minimum wage

A raise of pay can help the work force of America and the economy.

Dear Future President,

I’m writing to you to address the issue of minimum wage. Millions of hard-working Americans across the nation are not receiving the pay they deserve. By raising the minimum wage, families who need it the most can receive financial support and new jobs can be created for other Americans. According to the Washington Post, about 60% of Americans are living with a “minimum” wage slightly higher than the federal $7.25. Therefore, I believe it is time for the U.S to raise its minimum wage. I believe you as president can change this by implementing a nationwide minimum of at least $10.10.

Increasing minimum wage assists workers. According to an article by Sarah Shemkus of, "By increasing workers' take-home pay, families gain both financial security and an increased ability to purchase goods and services, thus creating jobs for other Americans."If workers are paid more, they would have pocket money to pay for goods and services that would otherwise be unable to purchase, leading to the opening of more job opportunities for others.

A raise in the minimum wage also has beneficial effects on the economy. As stated in the article, “Should the Federal Minimum Wage be Increased...the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 would inject $22.1 billion net into the economy and create about 85,000 new jobs over a three-year phase-in period.” If this is true, over a quarter million jobs would be created in a 10 year span. These jobs would benefit the unemployed and the upcoming members of the work force.

In Conclusion, the possibility of raising minimum wage has many more pros than it has cons. By raising minimum wage, people who need it will get enough money to get by, more jobs will be created for the American people, and the economy would be boosted. There would be fewer people on government support, and less unemployed citizens. Increasing minimum wage would not only benefit underpaid citizens but also the nation as a whole. I believe you that you, as president of the United States, can recognize that the issue of minimum wage can and should be solved during your term. 


Andrew Nguyen

Sources Referenced:

Halvorson, Chad. "The Pros and Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage." When I Work. N.p., 06 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

Kim, Susanna. "Economists Weigh the Pros and Cons of a $15 Minimum Wage." ABC News. ABC News Network, 30 Mar. 2016. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

.org, ProCon. "Minimum Wage -" ProConorg Headlines., 14 July 2016. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

Shemkus,, Sarah. "Increasing the Minimum Wage: Pros & Cons.", 31 Oct. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

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