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Should the minimum wage be increased?

February 26, 2014

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

If you earn a minimum wage, you might be finding yourself with a little bit more money in your pocket.

Thirty states have pending legislation or plans to introduce bills to raise the minimum wage. Some, like Maryland, have proposals to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.

President Obama has issued an executive order that raised the minimum wage that federal contractors are required to pay their employees. The raise will bump the pay of workers such as janitors, construction workers, and kitchen and laundry workers on military bases to $10.10 an hour. He also supports the proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this month released a report that said Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would raise earnings for 16.5 million low-wage workers. The increased pay would lift about 900,000 people out of poverty, the report said. But the CBO report also said that a higher minimum wage would eliminate 500,000 jobs as employers lay off workers or hire fewer workers.

About 2.6 percent of U.S. workers earn at or below the federal minimum wage, with a little over 50 percent of those 16 to 24 years old. The average minimum wage worker is female, lives in the Southern states, is unmarried, works part time, and is employed in the service industry.

The federal government sets the minimum wage for jobs that fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which covers most employees. The District of Columbia and 21 states have minimum wages higher than the federal rate. Washington state has the highest minimum wage at $9.32 an hour.

Raising the minimum wage, federally or on the state level, would mean more income for the poorest segment of society. Advocates argue that minimum wage earners spend a larger percent of their earnings, which are subject to income taxes paid to the state and federal government. The Obama administration says higher wages will reduce turnover and increase productivity.

Opponents say that a higher minimum wage would mean job cuts and higher prices for consumers because businesses would pass on increased labor costs to customers. They say that because two-thirds of minimum wage earners are under 30 and mostly in part-time, entry-level jobs, they do not need the raise.

Others say that state governments should focus on creating better, higher-paying jobs and that trying to raise the minimum wage is a distraction and hurts attempts to bring in better paying jobs.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says a higher rate wouldn’t pull the earners out of poverty, but a well-paying job would. “Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs,” Scott said. “We need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families, and that’s what I am focused on.”

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Should your state increase the minimum wage? Should the federal government raise the minimum wage? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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8/15/2014
Murrieta CA
Lily
Mr.Jabro Creekside Highschool
I think we should raise the minimum wage due to the teenagers and middle age workers needing to make ends meet. Most teenagers by the working age have their own place to live,which means they have to pay for everything now while still living out their teenage life. We could use better quality jobs that pay better or have better hours,but raising the minimum wage would be a really great start.

6/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Jacob S.
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg
I think on occasion when we talk about minimum wage we forget what minimum wage is. Minimum wage is what basically every other paying job in the country! To understand why we can't afford to increase minimum wage I will paint a little mental picture. You are working at a bakery job that pays two dollars more than minimum wage, that's 9.25 an hour now if minimum wage is raised you'll be making 12.10 an hour but the bakery can't afford to pay all it's staff 12.10 so it can do three things, fire employees, pay employees less or charge more for bread. Meaning someone who couldn't afford your bread working at minimum wage still can't afford your bread. Basically increases minimum wage increases the cost of everything else as well.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Michael C.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that minimum wage should not be increased. I feel this way because with an increased minimum wage many people would have a hard time finding a job. Also, many workers would be laid off. An increased minimum wage may also put us into more debt. I feel that minimum wage should not be increased.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Samantha I
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg JHS
I feel the minimum wage should not increase for many reasons. The first reason I think it shouldn't increase is because what if you have a job that doesn't require much effort I feel you shouldn't get payed much. I think that if you work hard you should earn a raise. I think that If the federal government raises that minimum wage the amount of unemployment would go up and not allow people to get a max amount of hours like they would if it was as low as it is now. Therefore I think if you work hard you can earn a max amount.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Kyle H
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I can go both ways on this. Minimum wage should be raised. On the other hand it shouldn't. It should because a lot of people in the country don't make enough money on minimum wage. It could help out a lot for hard working citizens. It shouldn't because it could cause a lot of people of losing their jobs and that would be unemployed raise. That's not good for the country. There are many reasons why it should and shouldn't, but I feel these two were the most important.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Adam
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think the minimum wage should be increased for many reasons. The first reason is say you have two employees who just started out and one works really hard and the other doesn't and they're both being paid minimum wage. That's not fair to the employee who just started out because he's working hard so he's deserving of more. Even though some companies will use the excuse he's just starting out. I also think it would help to slowly and slowly get rid of our national debt. I could also help to raise the employment rate by a lot.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Mike
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Minimum wage should not increase at all in any states. If the minimum wage increased, employers would be forced to lay workers off to afford to pay for minimum wage, thus, raising the unemployment rate higher than it is. Although minimum wage would lift about 900,000 people out of poverty, it would eliminate 500,000 jobs. In the end, its not worth raising the minimum wage.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Kassandra Krase
Mr.Hanna/Stoudsburg JHS
I dont think the minimum wage should be raised. I think it will create a lot of problems. First if the company cannot afford all that money, the owner would have to fire so many people. That would increase unimployment rates. Or if the owner doesnt fire all those people the prices wohld be muchhigher. If a company wants to pay their employees more, feel free to. They dont need to pay them $7.25 . And for teens who work in McDonalds for example, they would be getting $10.10 an hour for dumping some fries in the oil and taking them out. That is why i believe the mimimum wage should not be increased

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Shayla
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think Pennsylvania should increase the minimum wage pay. I also don't think that federal labor laws should increase the minimum wage because of even if you increase the money lots of people may lose there precious jobs who may have families to feed at the end of the day so that is why I say no

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Kyeer
Mr.hannah/stroudsburg JHS
No minimum wage should not be increased because it would cause endless problems.This could make prices go high up which would raise percentage of poor people in the state.

6/12/2014
Stoudsburg, PA
John
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that the minimum wage should be increased by a little bit. If the minimum wage is around 15 dollars, that would be bad for the bosses for the business. Also, if the minimum wage is increased, the prices for food, clothes, and other things sold in stores will be increased.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Samantha L.
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
No, I do not think my state nor should the federal government bring the minimum wage up. I feel this way because if we do bring the minimum wage up, taxes, the cost of things may go up, also it's going to be very hard for people to find jobs because the owner of the company may not be able to afford employees. It's not going to make the economy any better, if anything it may make it worst.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Mariah L.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that states should increase their minimum wage. But I believe that a person's minimum wage should be determined on their role in the job. For example, if someone is a new employee they should get a lower minimum wage but if someone is assistant manager, they should get a higher minimum wage. I think federal government should raise the minimum wage as well.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, pa
Zach R
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JH
No, I believe the minimum wage being raised will cause so many problems for the US. First, if the minimum wage is raised, then the prices of everything will be raised, which will make it worse for everyone. Also, if your working for minimum wage, you do not deserve to make $10.10 and HOUR. That would mean 15 year olds could make that much money, for handing out burgers, or cleaning. Therefore, raising the minimum wage is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Chukwuma
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The minimum wage should not be raise because I think employers would not be able to pay them. By raising the minimum wage employment may actually lower employment because companies would not want to pay so much employees so much. I believe the minimum wage should stay the same.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Katelyn M.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The federal government should not raise the minimum wage because each state has different economical problems. Therefore, what would be not a big change to one state, would be a huge change and a difficulty in another. However, the separate states should increase their minimum wages. Although, not so drastically. Any amount of more money will help a family struggling through poverty.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabriella S.
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg, JHS
Yes, I believe minimum wage should be increased. Because there are kids out there on the own, living in a house and minimum wage is not enough for a 18 yr. old to get food, clothes, gas, and pay rent. Getting a little less than eight dollars is not enough for every other week. Some kids struggle and have to have 3 jobs just to be able to support themselves so yes I think minimum wage should be increased.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Diamond R
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
My states minimum wage should not be increased. Employers don't get paid enough to pay their employees more than what they already pay them. The federal government should also not raise the minimum wage, they should be earned.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Joshua
Mr. Hanna stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that's state should raise the minimum wage because I don't think that 14 year olds working at camel beach should be making that kind of money. I don't think that the federal goverment should raise the minimum wage because like I said before I don't think that 14 year olds should be making a large amount of money.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Missy
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think our state should increase minimum wage. The federal government should not raise minimum wage. There are so many people that have lost their jobs because of money issues. The only thing that should be raised is people that don't get paid minimum wage. For example, if a business only pays their employees that work with food less than minimum wage, then yes, they should raise it to the mimimum wage for that catagory. So many people lost their jobs and got laid off. That is not fair. You should not get paid $10.10 an hour. That's just way too much. Then eventually, more people will be laid off. That's not right to take people's jobs away, just so other people can get paid more money. You will see less and less employees if minimum wage is increased.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Jayna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe the minimum wage should be raised. Citizens should not be living of of minimum wage, that is just money for early workers such as teenagers/young people. Due to these reasons, I believe the minimum wage should not be raised.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Charles
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think minimum wage should be increased because the people that still have a job may be making more money but the people who got laid off because the business owners wouldn't be able to pay them would be jobless. If the state or the government raises minimum there would be many people becoming jobless and another problem forming from it.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Charles
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think minimum wage should be increased because the people that still have a job may be making more money but the people who got laid off because the business owners wouldn't be able to pay them would be jobless. If the state or the government raises minimum there would be many people becoming jobless and another problem forming from it.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Brooke M
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that my states minimum wage should be increased. Yes, you will find yourself with a little more cash in your pocket but by increasing the minimum wage there will be a lot more people that are unemployed. The business owners may not have enough money to pay all their employees. Instead of the government raising minimum wage, the government should be focusing on creating better, higher-paying jobs.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Hamed
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The minimum wage should stay the same because employers may not be able to afford paying all of their employees more money. Experienced employees should be paid more than someone who is not as experienced. Everyone should earn a higher wage.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Ryan D
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg jhs
I don't think minimum wage should be raised. I think that in the end, the same amount of people will be in poverty. Business owners won't be able to afford a high pay for people and will end up laying people off. This will cause some people to have no job at all.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg
Luke D.
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
I don't think that the minimum wage should be raised because that would mean business owners would need to raise other wages, inflate prices, and fire workers.

5/22/2014
Washington/NJ
Arty
Mrs. Rokosny
When dealing with raising the minimum wage, it is important to consider how much we are raising it as it will affect everyone, including occupation holders who make more than the minimum wage. We naturally must constantly raise the minimum wage in order to keep up with inflation so that citizens now are living in the same conditions as they did in the past. As material items are now inflated, it is important to raise the minimum wage for the lower end workers to keep up with such increases in rates. States with higher property tax and average higher cost of living should raise their minimum wage to be proportional with such expenses. New Jersey, being one of the most expensive states to live in, should raise their minimum wage accordingly. Nationally, the country as a whole should raise the minimum wage to keep up with the rise of inflation that has affected the entire nation as a whole. However, if the minimum wage were to be increased, the rest of the wage earners' pays should also be increased to accommodate the change in the gap that will occur if minimum wage was raised without changing the earnings of everyone else.

5/22/2014
Washington, NJ
Aubrey
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I do not believe that minimum wage should be increased. The thing about minimum wage is that people are not supposed to live off of it. The minimum wage is set for jobs in which any person can work at, meaning it doesn't specifically involve unique labor. Although making more money sounds good, raising the minimum wage affects the economy. Because of the raise, employers will be forced to layoff people in order to adjust to the shift. The poverty rate is very high at the moment, but a minimum wage increase is not the answer. Once again, minimum wage jobs are not for people to live off of, but to have a little extra money for teenagers who are trying to pay for college. Because of that, I don't believe minimum wage should increase.

5/22/2014
Washington/New Jersey
Dahlia
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I do not think that minimum wage should be raised. If it is raised, employers may have to lay off workers. This will result in a rise in unemployment. Businesses might have to raise the prices of their products/services. Also, a bigger amount would be deducted for taxes. Even though people may make more money and less people would be in poverty if minimum wage is raised, the negative results outweigh the positive. Therefore, I think that minimum wage should not be increased.

5/21/2014
Montgomery, TX
Hunter
Mr. Metzger/Montgomery High School
I believe that the minimum wage should definitely be increased in Texas and in every other state as well. I have a minimum wage job and although I don't have to pay bills I barely have enough money to spend for myself during the week. I believe that minimum wage is not enough money to survive on. Prices are steadily increasing as time goes on, eventually 7.25 an hour wont even pay off a car loan. Also with more money in my pocket i would be able to put more money back into the economy as a consumer. overall raising the minimum wage would be very beneficial to the government and the economy.

5/13/2014
Murrieta Ca
Sebastian Salinas
Mr.Jabro/Creekside High School
I work at a minimum wage job and yeah most of my money will go to bills and things I need to have but I believe that if the minimum wage goes up everything around us will go up such as gas , groceries and even rent for appts or houses. In a way I would want more money in my pocket but I would only want that if everything else wasn't raised as well maybe raise minimum wage but not too much that it makes an effect in the economy.

5/12/2014
Montgomery, tx
Shelbie
Metzger/ Montgomery
I do not think minimum wage should be increased in states. If minimum wage was to be increased the prices of everything would go up. Jobs will be lost because fewer jobs will be hiring because they can not afford to pay, and then the prices would increase on the products they are selling. The higher minimum wage the more taxes taken out, the more money the government gets. Minimum wage is a starting out number. You should do things in life to become more successful and work your way up to making more.

5/9/2014
Montgomery Texas
Markus
Metzger/Montgomery
I do not think states or the government should increase minimum wage because the price of everyhthing else will be raised also. It would end up being just as it is now exept there will be fewer jobs because people will not be able to afford to pay their workers. Minimum wage should only be for the younger crowd of people if you are 25 or older they should pay you much more than minimum wage because a family will bearly make it on two parents working at minimum wage.

5/1/2014
murrieta california
kevin villanueva
Mr Jabro
When i first herd about minimum wage going up i was so happy , the first thought that came to my head was more money. In a way i was right i would have a little more money in my pocket, but what i didn't realize was that everything around me was going up in price.I think that minimum wage wouldnt make a diffrence because either way your going to spend the same amount , just in larger numbers . soon the one dollar bill will be worth nothing because numbers will be so high that we wont need the one dollar bills anymore. In my eyes the was i see it is they are making the rich more wealthy and the poor more poor than what they already are. I think the government should stop being so greedy and think about the real peoples struggles and live their lives for a day and see how hard they have made life.I think the raise of minimum wage would only help in everything around up stayed the same in prices and not go up along with the minimum wage.

4/30/2014
Sidney/MT
Glennda
Faulhaber
Many see raising the minimum wage a plus, but they're are a lot of downsides to raising it. Yes, it does grant more people to be lifted out of poverty, but as a consequence it will eliminate 500,000 jobs. With raising the minimum wage comes raising just about everything else. Companies see that they can get more profit off of people since people are getting paid more. In the article it brings up a great point about "Governments should focus on creating better, higher-paying jobs and that raising minimum wage is a distraction." I agree with this completely because it seems like the government is getting lazy in this area and trying to make up an easier route of granting more money to minimum wage workers and not allowing better jobs to come into play. I believe that the minimum wage should honestly stay just how it is already. In a related blog, someone has stated "To provide the people with a higher pay would mean to fire others to make up for the pay raise meaning more unemployment." Which I believe is completely true. Our government should really think this raise of minimum wage increase through more rather than jumping into it and causing further unemployment.

4/30/2014
Sidney, MT
Destiny
Mr. Faulhaber
I do believe that the minimun wage should be raised! having the minimun wage set at 7-less dollars an hour isnt enough to pay for housing, food and the basic necessities. I think the miminum wage should be at least 10 dollars an hour. Granted not a whole of businesses get enough service to pay their workers enough, and if thats the case they obviously shouldnt be a business anymore. The economy today is going down the drain. raising the minimum wage could really help those in need. I.e i have a personal experience with being finacially limited, growing up the minimum wage was awful because i have two younger sisters and an older brother that my mother took care of by herself. She wasnt making enough and we ended up losing our house at the time.

4/29/2014
great neck New york
aviva sham
Great Neck North High School Ms.davidson
The minimum wage should be increased. People all over the united states are irate due to the fact that they are getting paid so low. Families begin to fall apart. If the parents don't have money It's externally embarrassing to the children of the parents. Meanwhile their are RICH PEOPLE THAT PRETEND TO BE POOR SO THE GOVERNMENT GIVES THEM MONEY WHEN HE COULD HAVE GAVE THE MONEY TO A PERSON MAKING A MINIMUM WAGE.

4/20/2014
Irving/Texas
Rajith I.
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be raised at the state or federal levels because while it will lift 900,000 people above the poverty line it will also eliminate 500,000 jobs. While raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will raise the income of 16.5 million low wage workers only a small percentage are actually considered below the poverty level by the government. For example, a person working 40 hours a week at $7.25 an hour makes around $13,000 after federal taxes. For a family of four this is not enough income, to be at a hundred percent of the federal poverty level for four people, in 2014, you will need $23,850. However, the majority of those making minimum wage are not of households of two or three or four they are single. One hundred percent of the federal poverty level for one person is $11,670. $13,000 is above this; now if the argument is that the majority of people working under the poverty level are not working a full time job, then that is true. However, many are working multiple part time jobs. In actuality there isn't an minimum wage problem, there is need for more full time jobs. This will only come with a more educated workforce at all levels, not a government jobs cutting act that will take the jobs of some poor who need that money and redistribute that money to others.

4/19/2014
Irving, Texas
Nick
Bradley/Nimitz
Forcing companies to pay their employees more will just causes an increases in paychecks and a decrease in employees, with unemployment at an all time low in America, this shouldn’t be happening. Obama believes giving the hard working people more money will increases their spending, but all they will really do is keep their money in an act to save incase they may need it. Making the economies quarters decrease and unemployment increases. Why mess with something when it is working, and striving. Even though Texas minimum wage is at $7.25 an hour I believe they shouldn’t raise either state or federal taxes.

4/19/2014
Irving
Eva
Bradley/Nimitz
Many are fast to agree on the subject of increasing minimum wage. However many of those people do not look at the consequences. If minimum wage were to Increase, it would not only cause the increase of prices but would minimize jobs. To provide the people with a higher pay would mean to fire others to make up for the pay raise meaning more unemployment. In this case I think it would be beneficial to my state as well as other states to leave the minimum wage as it is. This way people won't lose their jobs and prices on products won't rise.

4/18/2014
irving/teaxas
Pablo
bradley/nimitz
MY state Texas and the federal government should not raise the minimum wage up to$10.10. $10.10 wage will encourage teenagers and college students to drop out. Imagine a professional video designer making 50,000 and a McDonalds worker making 45,000, the income between both would be almost the same. Why study?... Higher wages will reduce our job benefits. If companies pay you more they will not give you health insurance, etc. Inflation is the main reason why minimum wage shouldn't change. Companies cannot pay workers more without raising their prices, they could go out of business if they don't. How can the pay more if their not making enough. There is really know point in raising minimum wage, if wage goes up the cost of living will too.

4/18/2014
Irving/Texas
Pam
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not believe my state or the federal government should increase the minimum wage. While it seems like a good idea now, things could turn for the worse and only cause more people to lose their jobs and raise prices for us consumers. Sure, some people will have more money in their pockets to spend, but there will also be many people who will suffer consequences of raising wages. It is better to have people earning a low minimum wage rather than having a few earning a few dollars more but still allowing more people to go into poverty because they aren't earning any money at all.

4/17/2014
Irving/Texas
Yesenia
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should be increased in my state home of Texas. The minimum wage of 7.25 in Texas is barely enough to cover any major expenses. Families are barely making ends meet but with the increase of the minimum wage it would help families to cover more of the basic needs. If the federal government increases the minimum wage they would be helping a lot of Americans across the country and also help the economy grow with an increase in consumer spending. With the average american receiving a larger income, people can have a better living standard and help the economy grow with the increase amount of consumer spending.

4/16/2014
Irving/Texas
Caroline
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be increased in the state of Texas or the federal government.Although it sounds good at the moment , many Americans will be unemployed which will defeat the purpose of raising the wage if it will create more poverty and unemployed people.Now of all times when the unemployment rate is lower than in prior years is when Americans are easily convinced of short term successes than long term careers.

4/14/2014
Sidney, Montana
Alyssa
Sidney High School
Minimum wage is the least amount an employer has to pay on an employee. Most people on minimum wage are people who are just starting out in a particular job, so what is wrong with starting out with a lower amount of money than the people who have worked there longer and have well developed skills for that job? Ideally, when you gain enough of a skill and do well in a job, you will get a raise or a promotion. Minimum wage is the MINIMUM for pay. If you work hard, you will not continue to earn the minimum. It is not correct to assume someone who is just starting out should earn as much as someone who has been working at a place for a year or two.

4/9/2014
Harrison,MI
Blayne
Mr.Smith/Harrison Highschool
I dont think raising Minimum wage would be a good thing, Even though you would be profiting more money. Simpily because, lets say Mcdonalds raises minimum wage, inorder for that to work they would raise the price on the Goods that they sell, inorder to not lose the money in the long run. If people keep wanting it raised then the dollar menu wont exist any longer.

3/31/2014
I
Michael Egeonu
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe my state should raise the minimum wage, because apparently the system we live in now has way too much of an unbalanced distribution of money which is causing many families to be in poverty. So in my opinion, minimum wage is a start of creating a better economy! The federal government should also raise the minimum wage, because they would receive more money from taxes which then circulate and distribute more fluently to get country back on track.

3/26/2014
Irving/Texas
Ty'Mira
Bradley/Nimitz
My state should raise minimum wage so that there will not be too many poor people in the society today. People will be able to afford the better things. The Federal government should also raise minimum wage because even if Florida Gov. Rick Scott says a higher pay will not pull earners out of poverty, they will at least have a chance to save money and try to have things that the rich have.

3/24/2014
Irving/ TX
Kayla
Helen Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I don’t believe that the minimum wage in Texas should be raised. I think that just like everything else it will have its pros and cons. The positive side of this is that minimum wage workers will get paid more but the negative side is that some people will lose their job. I also believe that raising the minimum wage should be a power that should be left to the states. I also believe that by raising the minimum wage jobs will make people lose their incentive to work for a better paying job. Even though raising the minimum wage sounds like a good idea we should see the outcomes it will have in the future.

3/24/2014
Irving/ TX
Kayla
Helen Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I don’t believe that the minimum wage in Texas should be raised. I think that just like everything else it will have its pros and cons. The positive side of this is that minimum wage workers will get paid more but the negative side is that some people will lose their job. I also believe that raising the minimum wage should be a power that should be left to the states. I also believe that by raising the minimum wage jobs will make people lose their incentive to work for a better paying job. Even though raising the minimum wage sounds like a good idea we should see the outcomes it will have in the future.

3/23/2014
Irving/Texas
Lacie
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that Texas should raise the minimum wage, along with the other states. But I do think that the state should decide how much to increase the minimum wage by, considering that each state is different when it comes to the value of the dollar. It will help tons of people throughout the country who are having to live paycheck to paycheck. Raising the minimum wage will help to bring people above the poverty line and will help to get this country’s economy back on track. So, yes, raise the minimum wage and help millions of Americans and the entire country as a whole.

3/21/2014
Irving/Texas
Monica F.
Bradley/Nimitz
I live in Texas, where the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and seeing that other states have higher minimum wages makes me feel that we should at least raise it a little (I do realize that we do get more minimum wage than some states, and I believe that if we can't raise ours, they should at least raise theirs). That doesn't mean that every job has to do so, because in some states, the amount of minimum wage a person earns varies (this means that we could technically raise it for the 1/3 of people who are over the age of thirty). Because of this, I feel like it should, at least, be slightly raised. As for the federal government, I'm not sure; raising the minimum wage for nearly everyone could lead to the loss of jobs, and possibly increased prices for goods. However, I don't believe that they shouldn't raise minimum wage just so that the "higher paying jobs," can become even higher paying jobs - that would cause the same thing that people are arguing against. But at the same time, Obama says that the way that taxes would be set, there wouldn't be nearly as many job losses as predicted. I suppose that if a good and elaborate plan was brought into place before they decided to raise it, then I would be okay with - but only if they created a plan.

3/21/2014
Irving/TX
Vivian
Bradley/Nimitz
As a young adult about to come into the workforce once graduation day gets here, raising the minimum wage would be beneficial for younger workers like me. With that being said, Texas should join the other states in proposing the wage increase. The more income the workers get will just have an increase in the amount of people who will file for their income taxes. We need to get our economy back on track to recovery. This will also allow workers under the poverty line pay off their debts boosting their way to the middle-class improving the employment rate. Governors including Gov. Rick Scott should consider how their own state will improve economically with this raise.

3/19/2014
Irving/TX
Anh
Bradley/Nimitz
Although I don’t know if raising the minimum wage would be good for the long run, I know that it would most definitely help in the mean time for the young people between the ages of sixteen to twenty-four. Speaking as a soon to be college student, I believe this act will honestly help the youth around this age group. Minimum wage would help people get more money in their pockets and allows people go through the poverty to meet the needs they need. There will be more money in the pockets of consumers which can help spur spending and boost the economy. Yes, the states should increase the minimum wage since it’s aim should be to help their people in their state. Among the poor are the increasing number of poor students who are just trying to attend school. It would also help the students be able to meet their needs and not have to worry about when is their next meal or if they are able to spend that much on a text book. Definitely the federal government should increase minimum wage since it would help the people, who are the voice of our government, to just be able to meet their needs and have a meal on the table everyday.

3/19/2014
Irving/TX
Evila
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be increased. In this case the costs would outweigh the benefits. Thousands will lose their jobs, and statistics say that those working minimum paying jobs are under thirty or are just entering the workforce. An increase in the minimum wage will be detrimental to everyone in the labor force. Companies will lay off workers, and many will find themselves without a job. Instead the money should be used in education as that is the only way to really help those who are working the minimum wage jobs. The advice of Florida Gov. Rick Scott should be heard. We need to teach skills that lead to higher paying jobs not raise the minimum wage. We can raise the minimum wage all we want, but these people will still be earning a lot less than everyone else, and the effects of such a proposal will be devastating to many.

3/17/2014
Irving/Texas
Kelsea Murcek
Bradley/Nimitz HS
Raising the minimum age will only create problems that will provide an irreversible reaction and a massive problem for the already struggling nation. Granted anyone who earns that merely 7.25 an hour would support the claim and actions made by president Obama. It’s a no brainer for them, but they would have no brain completely if they were to go for it without considering the effects it will have on the economy as a whole. Sure there are positive effects, but in my opinion the bad outweighs the good. Prices everywhere the raise is implemented would raise drastically, jobs would be lost, and there would be more in poverty that were not already there.Fierce competition would reign on the country. It would be chaos. Texas should not change the minimum wage, and I’m saying that as someone who gets paid the minimum wage. The wise words and wisdom of Florida Governor Rick Scott should not be ignored. Instead of being distracted from the real problem of insufficient jobs, we, as a country, should face it head on.

3/16/2014
Irving/Texas
Jessi
Bradley/Nimitz
Minimum wage should be increased, but should be done at the state's discretion. The value of the dollar is different in Texas than it is in California or New York. Amidst the debates though, there is an apparent strategy of the executive orders. Calling to raise the minimum higher than the highest wage causes a big enough impetus to at least get the people of the country talking, and, hopefully, communicating with their Congress members. Widening the veins which money flows through will help decrease the disparity between income brackets as well as alleviate class disparity. In fact, in reply to those who believe a raise would limit jobs and careers, an increase in wage will be an incentive for work and competition. The competition which will emphasize the United States' economic philosophy of capitalism. There are plenty of POSSIBLE negative outcomes of this that will be hypothesized and argued, but this move by the president will (or should) allow the focus to shift from internal affairs, like our economy, to international affairs regarding diplomacy and immigration.

3/14/2014
Irving/ Texas
Vanessa Dania
Bradley/ NImitz
Even though many American families live off check to check, just earning the minimum wage, it is quite difficult to know if raising the minimum wage will change this. On one side, everyone likes a little extra money to spend and to just have that security, but if the wage is raised there is also the possibility of many Americans losing their jobs. If the wage is raised, employers will have to cut back on the number of employees so that they can just pay the minimum wage to a few. On the other side, if Americans have a little more extra spending money they can buy more. Which then would cause the employers to hire more people but it could also cause them to raise their prices. Which in the end would take us back to voting on whether the minimum wage should be raised. For the better of all Americans, the minimum wage should stay the same, according to their state, and the Government should definitely focus on creating more jobs.

3/12/2014
Irving/Texas
Adam
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree that the minimum wage should be increased, but how much they should raise it up to should be the state’s decision. They know better than the federal government what's at stake for their state’s economy. In the state of Texas, where the saying is, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” that includes the prices of lifes main commodities, such as food, roof over the workers head, clothes, etc. The idea that minimum wage could go up as much as $10.10 is quite absurd to me. This could financially, place an economy in financial burden and in or could essential increase well-being of an economy. There's pros and cons for raising the minimum wage, but it should be the states decision.

3/11/2014
Bellville NY
Gregory
Miss Colby Bellville Henderson
I do not think that the minimum wage should be increased due to the stress that small family businesses would suffer. Increasing this wage would increase the taxes and the consumer goods that you are so inclined to buy. When the increase comes the negative fall back would be loss of jobs or hour cut backs. Due to the small businesses could not compeat with everyone or at all with corperations.

3/11/2014
Belleville New York
Taylor
Miss Colby
I believe that minimum wage shoud be increased because it is very hard to live off of 7.25 and hour. And if your hours get cut its going to be even harder to live off of 7.25. The price for food clothing gas and other important things has increased, so its important that many people have the money to pay for the things they need to stay alive.

3/11/2014
Irving/TX
Isabel
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be raised neither federally nor on the state level. Though the people earning the short-changed amount of cash for their everyday job complain that they barely have enough money to make ends meet, if we fulfil their complaint of raising minimum wage for them, they risk the $2.85 extra an hour for their entire paycheck. With the increase of minimum wage comes labor cost increases which can eventually lead to higher prices for consumers. Also, if the majority of the people receiving minimum wage are mainly high school and college students, then the extra cash is probably not going directly to their families, but rather to inexpensive luxuries; however, this is not always the case. For example, a single mother working as the sole provider in a household of three may really not have enough money after paying bills, taxes and other monthly expenses to provide nutrition for her family so she’s stuck in a rut every month. A solution for this problem would be if the worker living in similar conditions receives minimum wage applies for the raise with conditions based on financial needs. This way, the businesses keep their number of workers and the laborers who truly need the extra cash get it while not having to worry about losing their jobs due to job cuts. In conclusion, the minimum wage should be raised only for those who qualify for it.

3/11/2014
Irving/TX
Sarah L
Bradley/Nimitz High School
Minimum Wage should not be increased - federally or locally. Yes, if we raise minimum wage, families who are below the poverty line will be aided and lifted out; however, wages are set proportions. If we tip one side of the scale, what will happen to the other side? If minimum wage is increased, normal priced goods will increase as well. I think we, as a nation, need to come up with a better solution for our country instead of a “solution” that will just lead to inflation.

3/11/2014
Covington, LA
Katie
Pennington/Covington
I definitely think that the minimum wage should be raised. The fact that almost a million people will no longer be in poverty is incredible. The other 50% or so of Americans that make a living working minimum wage jobs deserve to actually have savings and not spend every penny they make. However, the tax costs, higher prices, and layoffs will be a cost, so maybe it doesn't have to be raised to $10.10. I think the country should start with baby steps, like raising it to around $9, like Washington state. That way, the poor can at least have it a little easier and the economy won't be too thrown off but the sudden steep raise.

3/11/2014
Covington, LA
Gracie
Covington High School
I do not think that the minimum wage should be raised. Raising it would not fix the problem of unemployment or the extremely high cost of living. If anything, it would make prices shoot way up and difficult life for everyone. I can see that increasing it would help all of these people in poverty and struggling, but our government should be focusing on how to permanently fix our unemployment problem, not put this Band-Aid on it and expect it to be okay for a little while. What happens when everything increases and these people fall back into poverty? Will they raise the wage even more? This isn't a solution that will benefit everyone.

3/11/2014
Folsom/Louisiana
Daniel Ruppert
Mrs. Pennington/Covington High School
The complelling article that is represnenting both sides of the arguemative discussion about the minimum wage increasion. Throughout the article, the comments that citizens and politicains made the whole act on wages seem not a good idea. The comment about Obama saying it will take 900,000 people out of poverty is only the good part of the change. The opposing team said in response that there would be more people jobless because how much it would cost to maintain a steady income with increased wages. It also said that it will cause the goods that are produced by the company will increase dramaticly. This will make the process happen again and soon the wages will be increased. Increasing the minimum wage will cost the value of the dollar to decrase beacuse of inflation.

3/11/2014
Louisiana
Kory
Peanut
I think minimum wage should be increased. The minimum wage should be enough to keep yourself out of poverty, and in this case it isn't. Things all across America are becoming more expensive, so the minimum wage needs to be adjusted accordingly.

3/11/2014
Irving TX
Carmen
Nimitz/Bradley
I do not believe minimum wage should be raised, it may be great the know you'll be getting more an hour, but the end result is not going to be all good. There is a downfall to minimum wage increasing. For example, although you may be getting paid more, once taxes go up or things become more expensive, because they see that we're capable of affording it now that we make more money, all that extra money you had will be gone, spent on overpriced objects. So I definitely think state and federal government should either hold back on this idea, or just not do it all.

3/9/2014
Irving/TX
Sarah V
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be increased by such a high margin because it may keep people from moving on to better jobs. If it increases, employees on minimum wage may become complacent and find a way to live off their increased paycheck instead of using their minimum wage job as a support to find a higher paying job. As of now, both the state and federal government should keep the minimum wage where it is and try to create higher end jobs for those stuck in minimum wage jobs.

3/7/2014
Irving/Texas
Erin D
Bradley/Nimitz
The standing minimum is at $7.25 and hour, and it should stay that way. That is because most minimum wage jobs are entry level, and aren’t intended to be careers. Imagine this proportion: first, a certified telecommunicator earns usually between 17-20 dollars an hour and that’s because they have earned college degrees (usually associates) and regularly have to update their knowledge through more schooling; now, someone working at a fast food restaurant earns usually minimum wage to around 8 dollars, that means the profit margin is around 9-10 dollars. Raise minimum wage to let’s say 10 dollars and that margin drops to around 7-6 dollars. That means an educated worker is only earning 7 dollars for all the schooling and work they’ve put in to obtain that job. That’s not fair. Because of that, no, Texas nor the federal government should not raise minimum wage, especially when those in careers (ie telecommunications) wages won’t increase in proportion.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Jazmine
Miss. colby/Belleville Henderson
I do not think that minimum wage should be increased in my state. When minimum wage is increased in a state it harms all businesses. An increase in wages could mean a loss of jobs or hour cutbacks. It could sink local businesses because they may not have the money to fund this increase. It could also sink larger businesses because they may have to cut back on employes or in certian circumstances, increase the price of their product. “Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs,” says Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in the article. I agree with his statement. If the minimum wage is increased that means that the price of every day life will also increase along. I also believe that a state should be able to say what its minimum wage is. Eah state has a different economic high and low. Some states are more wealthy than others and some demand higher paying jobs. It alldepends where you live.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Abbey
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I don't believe that minimum wage should be increased because isn't good for our economy. Although increasing minimum wage sounds appealing to the average worker, it doesn't contain many underlying benefits. If minimum wage was increased, there would be even more job cuts than there have already been as well as rapidly rising prices for necessities. I do, however, believe that just because someone starts out at minimum wage, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't get raises. It is just that the initial starting wages for workers should not be increased any more than it is now because it will be detrimental to our economy when prices rise and people cannot afford the dramatic increases, even though they are "supposed" to be able to.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Jake
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I don't think that minimum wage should be increased because it affects small businesses by creating a higher pay that they have to supply to their employees. For example, my father is self employed and runs his own sanitation/construction business. By raising the minimum wage, many businesses such as my family's business would suffer tremendously as far as financially. By increasing minimum wage, many jobs will then have to be cut because businesses will not be able to employ as many workers as before. Therefore, this ultimately creats less jobs instead of creating more and affects the entire nation.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Megan
Colby
I believe that miinmum wage should be raised because with the prices of housing, clothing, and food these days it is nearly impossiable for teenagers or students to live in the own. working a part time job that is only paying minnimun wage will not get you much money. Also it should be raised because people that dont have jobs will want to look harder because they know that they will be getting more money. If the minimum wage was rised i think that living conditins would nbe better for a lot of people

3/7/2014
New York
Ashley
Miss Colby BHCS
I believe that the minimum wage should be raised to at least $9 or $10/ hour. People can not live on the minimum wage now, the cost of living is too high to survive on $7.25. For high school kids $7.25 is perfect, you can pay for gas and have a tiny left over so you can go out. But for college kids and adults $7.25 and 40 hours a week won't even pay for rent, let alone kids, food, and other expenses. It will make jobs less available because buisnesses won't be able to afford this new minimum wage, but we must take the good with the bad in order for our people to survive.

3/7/2014
ny
skyllar
BHCS
I think that mininmum wage should increase. Everyone is poor now a day.

3/7/2014
NY
Jamez
BHCS
I say go ahead and raise the minumum wage. Prices are rising and pay is staying the same. How are students in their first job gonna pay for the gas to get to work if it takes them an hour for 2 gallons of gas? So raise minimum wage to accomodate for the higher prices.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Tristan Jacob
Ms. Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
I believe that the minimum wage should stay where it is. Yes, it would lift many people out of poverty, but it would cause the unemployment rate to increase by 500,000 people. This in my eyes is not worth it. Also, the states themselves should decide what minimum wage is. This is because the people within the state wuold have a certain minimum need to live safely. Each state is different, and as such each minimum wage should be different based on the state.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Tristan Jacob
Ms. Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
I believe that the minimum wage should stay where it is. Yes, it would lift many people out of poverty, but it would cause the unemployment rate to increase by 500,000 people. This in my eyes is not worth it. Also, the states themselves should decide what minimum wage is. This is because the people within the state wuold have a certain minimum need to live safely. Each state is different, and as such each minimum wage should be different based on the state.

3/7/2014
Belleville/ New York
Bre
Colby/BHCS
Minimum wage should not be increased, because if you increase payroll, sooner or later you're also going to have to mark up the prices on consumer items, to make money in order to pay workers. And if you don't have enough money to pay employees, your going to have to fire some of them, or cut their hours significantly.

3/7/2014
ny
thurman
miss colby
yes peaple work hard to make cash plus the cost of living is geeing up so it makes sence that min wage should goe up too what about all the peaple who feed 1 or more children off min wage

3/7/2014
belleville,, ny
emily
colby/bhcs
it shouldnt be rasied because it'll eliminate jobs for many people. And some small businesses can't afford to raise their minimum wage so they'd have to make cuts. making it more difficult for everyone who are unemployed to find a job.

3/7/2014
belleville ny
Megan Perry
Ms.Colby
I beleive that minimum wage should be increased because the price of living is incresing. Students that dont have time for a full time job and still need to pay bills like car insurance need more money in their pay checks.

3/7/2014
NY
Christine
Ms. Colby/BHCS
I believe minimum wage should be raised. I personally make the minimum wage and I find myself struggling to have enough money to pay for the things I need as a student. The raise would also make individuals strive and work harder to prevent the possible loss of their job. This would show employers who should stay and who should go.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Daniel
Miss. Colby Belleville Henderson
Yes, the minimum wage should be increased. For many years now, being taught about government and inflation and the standard of living. Each year i've been taught about it i hear that the cost of living keeps rising but the amount of money people are getting from their jobs aren't going up with it so it is harder for people to live more independently. I believe that the minimum wage should be increased to an amount where a person working a minimum wage job can afford to live and not have to struggle as much to pay their bills.

3/7/2014
Belleville, New York
Chelsea
Miss Colby
coming from a teenager whose main money supply comes from minimum wage jobs, of course i would say that the wage should be increased. if teenagers and those who are still working in minumum wage jobs could use the extra money to pay for college or some other education to get even better jobs. in the long run, an increase in minimum wage could increase the overall education and income of most of the middle class.

3/7/2014
New York
Alan
Belleville Henderson
I believe minimum wage should be increased due to the ever-growming economy. We live in a world that is consumed by inflation, and if minimum wage doesn't increase, than how can people keep a standard style of living? People struggle to pay for themselves, their children, and the price of being free. If the government raises minimum wage, people can acquire a sense of standard living.

3/7/2014
Ny
Milinda
Colby
I think that increasing minimum wage could be a good thing and also a bad thing. If they increase minimum wage it could help kids have more money as they said in the document it could help people get out of poverty. However it could also make it so not as many people get hired for jobs because they would have enough money to pay all the employees 10.10 an hour. Therefore it could decrease the amount of jobs even more or help out teens with more money if they can get hired.

3/7/2014
NY
Tiffani
BHCS
Jobs are hard to find. Many people rely on minimum wage to support their families and as gas prices etc. increase the minimum wage should increase as well. Its one thing when you're 50 years old and are stable with yer career in play but when yer trying to start yer life you need something to work with!!!!!!!!

3/7/2014
Irving/Texas
Milton
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the minimum wage should be increased. But only on a state level because then the state can decided if they want to raise the wages or not. In addition, the States should chose themselves how much they want to raise the minimum wage to. By increasing the minimum wage, although more money will have to be raised to pay the workers, the additional money the workers make is going to be spent which will slowly increase the economy.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Kristin
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I do not think that minimum wage should be increased. According to this article, the increased pay would life about 900,000 people out of poverty, but raising minimum wage would also eliminate 500,000 jobs. It is hard enough for some people to find jobs, and this won't help and make it easier to get a job. I live in a small town, and most of the businesses close by are small, local businesses. These small, local businesses won't be able to pay everyone a higher minimum wage, so they will probably just make cuts. Many people may lose their jobs, but since everyone around this area will be doing the same thing, it will probably be quite difficult to find another job.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Katy
Colby
The states should not increase minimum wage, neither should the federal government. I believe that raising the minimum wage would just cause more problems. People would lose jobs, more people would then look for part time jobs instead of the full time jobs they have, which could lead to people not being able to support their families. Which could lead to more people being on welfare because they lost their job and have to do a part time job. And where would the money come from? we would be even more in debt then we already are.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Quinn
Ms. Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
As a student working a minimum wage job I don't necessarily think Minimum Wage needs to be raised, but unfortunately high school and College students aren't the only ones working the minimum wage jobs any more. There are families out there right now who are dependent on one or more minimum wage incomes and in that case minimum wage definitely needs to be knocked up.

3/7/2014
Belleville, NY
Hannah
Miss Colby
I believe that minimum wage should not be increased in either the state or federal government. Highers wages means more job cuts and higher prices. Many people would have to be fired to equal the increase in wages for others. Also, with more money going to the people with jobs, there would be higher prices. We should just keep minimum wage the same.

3/7/2014
NY
Tyler
Colby
Minimum wages should be increased. People would have more money, and people who don't have jobs would be more inclined to find work if they knew that they would be starting off with a higher salary. When more people have jobs there will be less people on welfare.

3/6/2014
Irving/Tx
Ruth
Bradley/Nimitz
Sure a couple of dollars would be nice to have,but are they really worth it? Are two dollars and eight-five cents worth losing around 500,000 jobs? If minimum wages are increased to 10.10 sure it will help out people but less than three dollars will not help poverty levels diminish.Instead of raising the wages government should focus on creating better,high-paying jobs. More Governors should take Florida Governor Rick Scott’s advice and support the creation of better jobs instead of raising both federal and state minimum wages.

3/5/2014
Irving/Texas
Berenizes
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be increased in both state and federal government. More money per hour doesn’t necessarily mean the people below the poverty line will rise from there. Especially when a higher minimum wage means higher number of jobs lost because businesses will just make cuts. Not only that, but prices for consumers will also increase. In the end, the minimum wage might just hurt us more than help us. Instead, we should try and focus on creating overall better, higher paying jobs as proposed by many state governments.The government should also be focusing on cutting back on costly regulations that burden job creators and stop job creation. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says, “Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs. We need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families, and that’s what I am focused on.” Gov. Rick Scott shouldn’t be the only one focusing on that message.

3/5/2014
Irving/Texas
Berenizes
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage should not be increased in both state and federal government. More money per hour doesn’t necessarily mean the people below the poverty line will rise from there. Especially when a higher minimum wage means higher number of jobs lost because businesses will just make cuts. Not only that, but prices for consumers will also increase. In the end, the minimum wage might just hurt us more than help us. Instead, we should try and focus on creating overall better, higher paying jobs as proposed by many state governments.The government should also be focusing on cutting back on costly regulations that burden job creators and stop job creation. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says, “Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs. We need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families, and that’s what I am focused on.” Gov. Rick Scott shouldn’t be the only one focusing on that message.

3/4/2014
Irving/Teaxs
Joanielee
Bradley/Nimitz High School
Texas should change the minimum wage. Although Texas being considered a tourist attraction our cost of living is continuously fluctuating. Look at gas prices! And, like anywhere else, almost 50% of families are still living in poverty. Some people don't have enough income to afford the essentials. According to some websites, raising minimum wage might actually increase "income inequality," as if enough of that wasn't going on already.

3/4/2014
Irving/Texas
Nick M
Bradley/Nimitz
Forcing companies to pay their employees more will just causes an increases in paychecks and a decrease in employees, with unemployment at an all time low in America, this shouldn't be happening. Obama believes giving the hard working people more money will increases their spending, but all they will really do is keep their money in an act to save in case they may need it. Making the economies quarters decrease and unemployment increases. Why mess with something when it is working, and striving. Even though Texas minimum wage is at $7.25 an hour I believe they shouldn't raise either state or federal taxes.

3/4/2014
Irving/State
Han Huynh
Bradley/Nimitz
Neither the states nor the federal government should raise the minimum wage. The consequences of raising minimum wage far outweigh the benefits. One who supports the raise may say that it will increase productivity and lift an estimate of 900,000 individuals out of poverty. However, an estimate of 500,000 jobs will be lost! This will increase the prices for consumers and many people will lose their jobs as they will struggle to find new ones. The solution is not to increase minimum wage but to create new and realistic jobs opportunities. This efficient solution will not only decrease the unemployment and poverty rate, but it would also increase productivity as a whole.

3/4/2014
Irving/TX
Zach
Bradley/Nimitz
I am always concerned for the children. Many minimum wage earners are currently in poverty, and the United States boasts the second largest income inequality in the world. The increase of minimum wage sounds too much like a slow redistribution of wealth, but I am not completely against a future socialist America. Countries with governments leaning toward socialism are much more successful than the United States in many aspects. Finland has the most successful education system in the world. Denmark has the highest taxes in the world, but small business thrive there better than anywhere else with over seventy percent of companies having fifty employees or less. Studies have shown that the happiest countries in the world are all leaning toward socialism, and the United States is nowhere to be found on that list. I agree with the opportunities that are present in our free market economy, and the United States can still be the land of opportunity. We just need to save the children! We need to reduce the poverty in our communities, which might need to start with raising the minimum wage instead of heavily taxing the rich.

3/4/2014
Irving/ Texas
Victoria E.
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
I would agree with the general consensus of people that say raising the minimum wage and lifting a huge amount of people out of poverty would be great. However I don't think that sacrificing about half that many jobs to accomplish it is worth the change. If we were to raise the minimum wage it would also raise the price of production and therefore the cost of living. So even if the workers were earning more they would also be spending more for the same products and necessities they had always bought. Its seems like we would just be going around in a circle with only the people with already stable incomes (those with above minimum wage jobs) paying the price of the increased cost of living.

3/4/2014
Irving/Texas
William Kyle
Bradley/Nimitz
The minimum wage being raised could have any variety of effects depending on how the government goes about doing it. Its rise could destroy jobs without effective countermeasures in place, such as President Obama giving tax breaks to companies who don’t lay off their workers, but is that enough. It is a very difficult task to do correctly, how to counteract certain effects, deciding how much to raise it, and making sure that it will help more than hurt. If something doesn’t go as planned then prices would jump with inflation, people would lose their jobs, and productivity would fall. Raising the minimum wage would make low end jobs more competitive as more teenagers graduating would go straight to the workforce since they can get more per hour at a job, decreasing the number going to college to potentially benefit our country. So although if done correctly it can help, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to completely do everything correctly regarding that. And on top of that, it would decrease the human capital of our nation because fewer students would go to college.

3/4/2014
Irving,TX
Vanessa Garcia
Bradley/Nimitz HS
Minimum wage should be increased. However it shouldn't be raised TOO much, if there is too big of a raise taxes and consumer prices will sky rocket. There has to be just a slight and enough raise for the working force. Of course, with a raise in minimum wage there might be job cuts and prices raised but we will also have more money to spend so in the end it all works out.

3/3/2014
north carolina
kaleb
west middle
yes it should because people don't get paid enough money. i would know, my mom works a minimum wage and we don't get enough money to pay our rent

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