Top Pro & Con Arguments

Con

Increasing the federal minimum wage would disproportionately harm the poorest areas of the United States.

In 2015 Mississippi had the lowest cost of living at 83.5% of the national average, while Hawaii had the highest at 168.6%. [70] In areas like Mississippi where the cost of living and average incomes are especially low, employers would need to spend proportionally more to pay their minimum wage employees than employers in higher cost areas like Hawaii, and yet would be unable to cover the cost by raising prices because their customers would not be able to afford them. [71] According to Andrew G. Biggs, PhD, and Mark J. Perry, PhD, of the American Enterprise Institute, the results of this disparity “could be disastrous… [for] small communities around the country.” [71]

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