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The New Minimum

The New Minimum

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Our lives revolve around money. It’s a sad and simple truth.

When we need to get new clothes or purchase food, we use the money that we have earned at our job. But what if we can’t afford necessities, like food or a place to live, because we don’t earn enough from our minimum wage job?

The debate over the raising of the minimum wage has been an ongoing issue in our country for a while now. According to a study done by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, if the minimum wage kept up with inflation, in 2012, it would have been raised to $10.52.

Some say that if we raise the minimum wage, people will lose their jobs because companies won’t be able to support their employee’s wages anymore. Others say that raising the minimum wage would help stimulate the economy and make businesses grow stronger because people now have more money to spend.

Minimum wage should be raised because it is set too low for workers. I also believe that minimum wage jobs, like McDonald’s or other part-time jobs that typically hire younger workers, are stepping stones for higher level jobs.

I’m all for raising the minimum wage, of course, but the amount of minimum wage is not the big issue. The fact that people are worried about earning minimum wage and raising the bare minimum proves that there is something wrong in this country – the education of the populous. If we raise the minimum wage, then we may see an increase in higher education because it is the gateway to higher wages and better employment.

The reason people are stuck in these low paying jobs is because they didn’t reach a certain degree of higher education and can’t assimilate into higher job markets. Workers should not be content with their low level, low paying jobs. They should strive to better themselves and climb the metaphorical ladder in their industry and work for important, meaningful employment.

These kinds of jobs were not meant to be career paths by which one could make a living. We need to raise access to education and raise minimum wage.

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The New Minimum