Real Persuasive essay – minimum wage

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Let’s talk about money, or lack thereof. When you grow up, are you going to want to have nice shoes or go on a nice trip every once and awhile? If you are working a minimum wage job, don’t expect that to happen.
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he federal minimum wage is $7.25. Minimum wage is the lowest amount per hour that companies can legally pay their employees.
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State governments are allowed to have their own minimum wage. In Ohio, it is $8.15 per hour. On January 1, 2017, 21 states, including Ohio, raised their minimum wage rate. Arizona showed the largest increase of nearly 25%. They jumped to $10 from $8.05!
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I believe that the minimum wage for Ohio is still too low and it should be raised to $10. I have worked at jobs that paid minimum wage. If you expect to get everything paid off and have money to spare, you are mistaken.
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A single parent who works full time year round at the current federal minimum wage only earns $15,080 per year before taxes. The federal poverty line is $15,930 per year for a two person household.
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If you make below this amount you are considered to live in poverty and may qualify for government assistance. Public welfare may give you $200 to $400 per week.
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To increase your income on your own, you could work multiple jobs. But then you might not get to see your family as much, or raise your child yourself. It is hard to afford a babysitter. The minimum wage increase would help parents be with their kids.
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A $10.10 minimum wage would help the 900,000 people making minimum wage out of getting public assistance. The government could give money to fewer people to each week or use the money for other programs.
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The current minimum wage isn’t high enough for people to buy everyday essentials. During a 2013 poll from Oxfam, 66% of US workers earning less than $10 an hour report that they “just meet” or “don’t even have enough to meet” their basic living expenses. 50% of those people said that they were worried about being able to afford everything they needed.
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The $7.25 minimum wage represents less than half of a living wage for a single adult. This adult would have to work 93 hours per week to live above the poverty line. However this increase of wage could entice companies to outsource jobs to countries where it would be cheaper. It’s better to keep jobs here because it would be helping our economy.
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Raising the minimum wage will also increase economic activity. The Economic Policy Institute stated that a minimum wage increase from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 would inject $22.1 billion into the economy and create about 85,000 new jobs over a three-year phase-in period
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Some critics argue that raising the minimum wage would result in job losses. However when the economy is better people have more disposable income, spend more, and the businesses benefit from this.
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A higher minimum wage would reduce government welfare spending. If low-income workers earned more money, their dependence on, and eligibility for, government benefits would decrease.
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The Center for American Progress reported in 2014 that raising the federal minimum wage by 6% to $10.10 would reduce spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by 6% or $4.6 billion.
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Also, the Economic Policy Institute determined that by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10, more than 1.7 million Americans would no longer be dependent on government assistance programs.
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They report the increase would shave $7.6 billion off annual government spending on income-support programs. This excess $7.6 billion could later be used for other government spending.
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I think that the minimum wage should be raised so everyone can buy everyday needs, to increase economic activity, and to reduce government welfare spending. Contact your state and federal legislatures and tell them to vote for an increase! We need to do this for ourselves, our family, and future Americans.
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Total – 1250 tax – (10 Percent) – 125 Housing – 500 Food – 350 Car – 150 Phone – 50 Clothes – 50 25 left- havent put any money in savings or entertainment or in case of emergency
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