Should Minimum Wage Be Raised? By: Alyvia Kuhl


I think that minimum wage should stay the same, especially for those who are under the age of 18. On the other hand, I do believe that if there is a person who meets the requirements, they should be able to get paid a little more than minimum. Those requirements would be things like having to support other individuals (having a family), you would have to have been looking for a job for some time/ are currently have a job, and etc.


1. According to the United States Department of Labor, the current minimum wage is $7.25, although some states have their own minimum wage laws.
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2. In the 2014 State of the Union Address, President Obama wanted to change the minimum wage to $10.10 for those working on new federal service contracts according to the White House's webpage.

living on minimum wage barley supports an individual

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3. After taxes, a person who makes minimum wage that works 40 hours per week will make somewhere around $1000. Along with the costs of the day to day necessities needed to live, the wage is enough to live in a decent place, have cheap food to eat, and maybe have leftovers to spend on other necessities like for transportation and hospital visits. (info from CBS)
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4. Although the United States is the richest country in the world, by the year 2013, about 15 percent of the population was in poverty (
5. People at or below the federal minimum are:
  • Disproportionately young: 50.4% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
  • Mostly (77%) white; nearly half are white women.
  • Largely part-time workers (64% of the total). from pew reasearch


I think that the video really made me realize that there are really people out there who are struggling to get the things that I take for granted. I wasn't really aware that people actually do live off of minimum wage, I thought that it was mostly for jobs for teenagers or those who have a part time job in college. It really did make me feel more thankful for what I have and it makes me cherish the fact that I grew up with a well off family that can support me with my necessities and more.