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Should the Minimum Wage be Raised to a Living Wage of $15

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Started: 6/23/2016 Category: Economics
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Nigeljohnson242

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Dantheman828

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The first reason we should not raise the minimum wage to $15 is simple. Why should the minimum wage be even in a gigantic country such as the USA when the workforces are uneven? Why should low-cost areas like Iowa City inflate to high cost areas such as New York or San Francisco? The minimum wage may suffer in some areas where the influx of salary is needed desperately, but why should a developing area be snuffed out by a gigantic minimum wage?

The next reason is that states are already adjusting to it. Michigan, for example, has a minimum wage of $8.15 an hour while California and New York have planned to raise it to $15 in 2020. 20 states plus DC have raised the MW above the federal MW.

Most entry-level, low-experience jobs already pay the minimum wage or higher, meeting good standards of quality of living for employees.

It"s not clear that it"s constitutional. The Supreme Court, in its opinion in the 1923 case Adkins v. Children"s Hospital of District of Columbia, made a strong argument that a minimum wage was a violation of the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of contract embedded in the Fifth Amendment"s language about due process and the deprivation of liberty and property: "To the extent that the sum fixed exceeds the fair value of the services rendered, it amounts to a compulsory exaction from the employer for the support of a partially indigent person, for whose condition there rests upon him no peculiar responsibility, and therefore, in effect, arbitrarily shifts to his shoulders a burden which, if it belongs to anybody, belongs to society as a whole." The Court later, in the 1937 case West Coast Hotel v. Parrish, reversed Adkins by a five to four margin. But maybe the court was right the first time around.

My last reason for this argument is that it is immoral. Why should you be paid $15 an hour to flip burgers while beforehand a paramedic didn't even make as much? Oh, wait! WE CAN RAISE THE WAGE FOR A PARAMEDIC TOO. Then, we can make it proportional to the most recent wage raise! And now we're back where we started with national debt and serious inflation...
Jobs should be based off skill and experience.

My source: http://reason.com...
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