Top Pro & Con Arguments


The current minimum wage is not high enough to allow people to afford everyday essentials.

According to a 2013 poll by Oxfam America, 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, and 50% say that they are frequently worried about affording basic necessities such as food. [36] A 2015 report by the Alliance for a Just Society, found that “the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour represents less than half of a living wage for a single adult” and a worker supporting only himself would have to work 93 hours a week at the federal minimum wage in order to make ends meet “or skip necessities like meals or medicine.” [37]

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