In the past years, there has been a growing demand for there to be an increase in minimum wage. Currently, the average minimum wage is between $8 and $10 in all 50 states. The people calling for an increase in minimum wage want the average minimum wage to be between $12 to $15.
The supporters’ main argument for increasing minimum wage is that people who rely solely on minimum wage cannot make a living off of it.
“Anyone who’s tried to pay a heating bill, fill a prescription, or simply buy groceries knows all too well that the current minimum wage does not cut the mustard,” said Sherrod Brown, student at West Valley and worker at a KFC.
People such as Brown believe that minimum wage jobs should be providing people with enough money to make a living.
However, the people who are campaigning for an increased minimum wage seem ignorant to the fact that increasing the wage would not actually help them. First of all, the new pay they describe would be more than some other jobs that actually require college degrees, such as an ambulance driver. A job that doesn’t require a college education should not be paid more than one that does.
Even if these people did get their minimum wage increased, it would not be as beneficial to them as they think. To compensate for the fact that minimum wage had increased, other work places would also increase their wages to avoid complaints or losing employees.
“We’ve got to be very careful what we wish for because some employers – and there could be a lot of them – will be scared away from hiring new people or creating incremental hours for part-time people as a result of that wage going up,” said Howard Schultz, a manager at a Taco Bell.
As the wages increased, so would the prices of goods and services. Everything would slowly increase in price after the wages were raised, making the change irrelevant.
Ultimately, the people’s calling for an increase in minimum wage is pointless. Raising the minimum wage would actually hurt the economy. Its increase would cause there to be an inflation in the price of goods, which could have a negative effect on the people who didn’t have their wage increased. On top of that, not all people who live off only minimum wage deserve an increase. Some people try to get jobs beyond their current minimum wage ones, but others aren’t and will not try to better themselves if the wages increase.
“My mom worked at McDonald’s, and she decided she wanted to make more money, so she got into the management program at McDonald’s. And that’s how you move up the chain. It’s not by demanding that minimum wage is raised; it’s by actually acquiring the skills. That’s the way that people get ahead in life,” said Raul Labrador, manager at a local KFC.
Regardless of any arguments, increasing minimum wage would not be beneficial for this country as a whole and, therefore, should not occur.