Ten years no raise but now is the time

Time has come to raise the wage


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This map shows all the sates minimum wage.

Dev Mehta, Podcast Editor

Minimum wage has been the same for the last 10 years staying at $ 7.25 per hour, but now it should be increased.

The Federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, even though there are 29 states, along with the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal wage. And there are also some states in 2019 that are rising their minimum wage to a value where a common person can survive in that state.  

The states that are raising their minimum wage in 2019 are Alaska, Arkansa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington and Vermont. Some of these states already have minimum wage above the federal wage. These states have to raise their minimum wage due to the reason that most of the consumer product prices are going up.

Federal minimum wage should be increase from $7.25 to at least 10 dollars an hour. Due to the fact there are many states that haven’t raised their wages and still following the federal wage and paying their employees $7.25. Which is not at all enough pay for someone to survive with in this time where consumers product cost are getting expensive but the still not affordable for  a lot of people who barely get paid enough to live a decent life.

In a state like California were gas prices are above $3.60 per gallon, a single worker at least needs about $20 an hour to afford their expenses. On the other hand a less expensive state like Florida or Texas compared to California needs about $15 an hour. States like New York or California that are expensive, should raise the minimum wage to at least $15 so the workers can afford to live a decently good life.      

The federal minimum wage should be increased so other states that haven’t raised their wages will increase it and it can also let them live a good life where they don’t have to struggle.