Why the Minimum Wage Should be Raised
In the United States, lawmakers often battle over whether the minimum wage should be raised or not. Earlier this year, Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The bill seeks to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025 (Leonhardt, 2021). Those against raising the minimum wage argue that raising the minimum wage will increase the running cost of businesses, significantly reducing the returns and, in some cases, resulting in losses, especially for small businesses. Others argue that the complex relationship between minimum wages, worker incomes, and employment levels often inhibits the extent to which it reduces poverty (Gindling, 2018). Despite these reasons, the wage bill should be increased as the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
The minimum wage has not been raised in over ten years. Considering the rising cost of living, an individual who earns minimum wage is paid 18% less than what they would have been paid back in 2009 when the minimum wage was raised last (Cooper, Mokhiber, & Zipperer, 2021). Inflation and rising wages make minimum wage temporary (Sorkin, 2015). As a result, the raise is long overdue…………….
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