CM105 Week 6 Draft - Raising the Minimum Wage -Joey D. Finley

CM105 Week 6 Draft - Raising the Minimum Wage -Joey D. Finley

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Raising the Minimum 1 Running head: RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE Raising the Minimum Wage Joey D. Finley Kaplan University November 1, 2010
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Raising the Minimum Wage There has always been much talk, ideas, and research both positive and negative revolving around minimum wage increases throughout the years. Looking at the circumstances from many angles could give the impression that another increase as soon as possible could end up being a good thing or bad. People do their best to make it through their days, but there are those that have much harder time doing so than others. A realistic raise in the minimum wage implemented immediately nationwide would improve the wellbeing of poor families, enliven local communities and businesses, and benefit minorities such as women, African-American, and Hispanic workers. In one of his commentaries, a Cliff Slater said, "Pay workers only what they're really worth” (Caldwell, 2005, ¶ 2). This kind of degrading statement makes people feel so low and unworthy. That is not to say that a worker should put in the effort to get paid, but the pay should truly reflect the work more comprehensively to the rest of the nation. An increase by just a few thousand a year would significantly help in financial situations, where there had been stress and worry before (Haussamen, 2009). Recently, families are finding it difficult just to make from pay check to pay check. There would be a gap narrowing between the upper and lower class pay too (Parks, n.d., p. 1). Is there fear of that gap becoming too thin? In a May of 1996 Joint Economic
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CM105 Week 6 Draft - Raising the Minimum Wage -Joey D. Finley

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