Raising Wages to Bridge the Gap?

pexels-photo-259191.jpegIn my last post, I spoke to students, classmates, teachers, and working adults like myself.

I talked to you all about my good friend who has a master’s degree and makes $15/hour working for a major school district and barely gets by with a small studio apartment in St. Paul for a grand a month.

Currently, there are a lot of arguments for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour- the same wage that my friend with a master’s degree is making.  No offense to fast food workers, we all start somewhere, but is it fair that she is paying off a slew of student loans and making the same hourly rate as Joe Blow working at the McD’s drive-thru?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/minimum-wage-raises-coming-to-18-states-on-new-years_us_5a440992e4b06d1621b6c0e1

At first, I thought it sounded like a good thing, but I read a lot and heard a lot of what both sides were saying and I formed an opinion of my own.

Sure, social Media tags such as: #raisethewage and #handsoff are catchy, but do people really understand what they stand for and what’s at stake?  I will say, they have done a great job of using these tags to market their cause.  In fact, I had a hard time finding hash tags and linked social media for the opposition.  Like Scott says in our text, many news releases now provide a way to include social media tags to make it easier to locate content, so use them! (ch. 18, p. 326).

There are plenty of news releases offering data and predictions from economists and scholars, but we need to get the word out on social media platforms as well, in order to reach those who aren’t Googling scholarly articles on the subject.  People need to be educated at both ends of this issue, and they need to be informed of the repercussions of the wage hike.

Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour will only push for inflation and cause the cost of living to increase and it will be even more difficult to find affordable housing.  It will also negatively impact small businesses and the job market.

This domino effect will only further the gap between the poverty line and the 1%, and eventually, the working class will be eliminated.

1 thought on “Raising Wages to Bridge the Gap?

  1. I completely agree with your argument against the $15/hour minimum wage. It sounds good in theory, but yes, it can have a more negative effect through increasing housing costs even more.

    We have a HUGE issue with poverty and wage gaps, and it’s a major problem in East St. Paul. I do think that the way to solve the issue is not to increase the minimum wage, but to close the gap somehow. The 1% have more than they’ll ever use while the middle class slowly disappears. “Trickle down” economics don’t work. This is exactly where the Occupy movement started. Sadly in our current climate I don’t think things are changing anytime soon. I hope the focus moves away from the minimum wage to a solution that will work better in the long run.

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