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Should the federal minimum wage be increased? Shahran Choudhury

If we take a moment to look back at our life, we would find a moment

when we thought we received much less than we deserved. Can the same thing be said about the federal minimum wage which is $7.25 an hour? The federal minimum wage has been increased 22 times by Congress,

most recently in 2009 when it went from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour (Rugaber, 2016). Should it be raised once again? Do people deserve more than $7.25 per hour? Is this amount enough for people to support their families? Do people need more money?

Even though money is consid-

ered one of the most essential things for living, many people

say it can also be the root of all evil. Without money, we think

we are helpless, we think we are going to be in poverty (Dyer’s PowerPoint, 2014). But is the

root of all evil actually money?

To get money we need to work. To work we need to get em-

ployed. But are all employees payed equally? According to

Racial, gender wage gaps persist in the U.S. despite some progress (2016).

We can say that race and gender plays a big factor how much a person gets payed. Looking at the statistics, we can say that white men earn more than

black and Hispanic men and all groups of women, except for Asian men and women (Patten, 2016). Even though all of them might have the same experience and education, they are still payed differently. So, is money the root of all evil or are the people who

are giving out the money? Is it the

economy that needs to be changed or the federal minimum wage that needs to increase?

I believe that the federal minimum wage should be increased and the economy should be changed. I

think the federal minimum should be increased to $15.37 an hour

from $7.25. According to the Department of Numbers (2015), the

average rent in America is $959 per month for a one-bedroom apart69 >

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The Macomb Community College journal of student words and images.