$10.10 Minimum Wage is Good
I thank my opponent for proposing this interesting debate. I hope we both can come to an understanding of each others viewpoint.
First, by July of 2016 (at the current rate we are going) the number of people affected by whether or not the minimum wage will be about 27.8 million people.
Second, it is very to difficult for people to not get stuck in minimum wage jobs for their entire lives, especially in our current, tough economy.
Third, researchers believe that increasing the minimum wage doesn't kill jobs at all, but actually would give the economy a boost by channeling more pay to low income workers who are likely to spend it.
Forth, the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to get workers and their families out of poverty. The minimum wage even falls short of the poverty line for a family of two people ($16,000 annually) none the less families of three ($19,000 annually) and families of four ($24,000 annually).
I thank my opponent for his response.
It is important to show who is actually in minimum wage jobs. According to a Pew research they are "Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19) ". These are generally not the people raising families. Second, this shows that people move above the minimum wage as they get more experience showing that people don't get stuck there that much.
My opponent also claims the current federal minimum wage is not enough to et out of poverty. $7.25 minimum wage * 40 work week * 52 weeks in a year = $15,080 for one person. The poverty line held by almost all states for one person is $11,670 . This is above the poverty line, and you can't even factor in taxes since someone of that low of income won't even pay income tax. Also, it is important to note a lot of states have it higher than the federal minimum wage already .
I would also like to know the source of my opponent's third point.
I would like to know the source of the specific fact about how, in most states the poverty line is $11,670, because on my sources it said about $16,000. My sources are: Wikipedia, White House, Washington Post, and CNN. These sources all tell me that, on average of all 50 states, the poverty line is about $16,000 (give or take $500) for a family of two.
According to the Department of Labor website, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico all either have minimum wages below or the same as the federal minimum wage or don't have minimum wage laws at all. (This stat is from January 1st, 2014, but still 31 states/territories is a lot)
The source of my third point is from www.huffingtonpost.com.
I thank my opponent for his responses.
Firstly, just because I didn't say who was the other 49.4% doesn't mean they are workers supporting families this is an unsourced incorrect assumption.
Second, My opponent would like to know where I got my poverty line number from. As sourced in the previous round I got it from the Department of Health and Human Services .
Third, I would like to note that 28 states have their minimum wage at or below, unlike the 31 my opponent claimed . This means 22 states have raised their minimum wage. This is a better place for the minimum wage to be decided as pointed out in my opening arguments, which were never addressed, state will have different cost of living in which case each state should adjust their minimum wage accordingly.
Concluding, my opponent has not shown a defensible reason to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and did not refute any of the counter arguments given.