Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?
The federal government set the minimum wage at $7.25. Yet, many wonder if $7.25 is sufficient enough for people to live in America’s current economy. While Washington has been arguing about raising the federal minimum wage, 21 states have raised their minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25. The central concern that keeps politicians debating in Washington is how the change will impact the economy. Supporters dispute that raising it will lift 900,000 people out of poverty, while opponents believe the increase will lead to 500,000 unemployed workers.
Throughout the week, students discussed the risks and benefits of raising the minimum wage. Several students explored the topic more in depth by pointing to news articles, while others created infographics to support their position. Overall, students believed that the minimum wage should be raised, depending on how much it costs to live in each city.
Students argued that wages should increase so families can support themselves.
— Ryan Rodriguez (@rrodriguez0233) March 28, 2014
— Marissa Azucena (@marissa_azucena) March 26, 2014
— Brianna Rose (@B_RoseB4Hoes) March 24, 2014
But How Much?
Many proposed how much wages should be increased.
— Michael johnson (@kingmike22) March 28, 2014
— hayden santistevan (@hay7san) March 28, 2014
— ♎ Courtney ♎ (@KourtKnee_) March 26, 2014
Don’t Change it
Other students argued that the minimum wage is fine as it is.
— Brooke (@bbagot15) March 28, 2014
— S. 24 (@ShayyOwen) March 26, 2014
What Will Happen?
Some questioned how the raise would impact the economy.
— Johanna Skarbek (@Johanna_NTH) March 28, 2014
— Daniel Barlow (@da7nmaster) March 28, 2014
Get Better Jobs
Others talked about how minimum wage jobs are not meant to be careers.
— Emily W (@emily_w_14) March 27, 2014
— Secret Garner (@SecretGarner) March 24, 2014
Let the Cities Decide
Students also argued that each city should make their own minimum wage based on living costs.
— Courtney Martin (@courtney6071) March 24, 2014
— Meghna Madhavan (@mmadhavan15) March 28, 2014
What About Your City?
Students also discussed what the minimum wage should be in their own cities.
— Christopher Armani (@ChrisArmani__) March 26, 2014
— Chloe de Guzman (@xchloedeguzmanx) March 27, 2014
Check out the amazing infographs students from Texas created in response to this week’s topic.
— David Nguyen (@ShanaynayVon) March 28, 2014
— Emily Petty (@eppetty) March 28, 2014