This is not your opinion on minimum wage should be, but what you know about the issue.
Most Helpful Guy
There is no issue. Minimum wage is exactly what it means. The minimum wage that businesses are legally required to compensate employees for their work.
The minimum wage should sit exactly where it is, because jobs that pay minimum wage are jobs requiring minimal to no skills. Basically, any person with elementary school education can perform the job - like stacking inventory, working a cash register, flipping burgers, custodial/cleaning work. While the job itself is necessary for a business to operate, the demand for such jobs will never outgrow the supply.
When employers post a minimum wage job and get 200 applicants for 1 position, it makes no sense to pay more than minimum wage, because someone among the 200 applicants will accept that wage.
Jobs requiring no skill should not pay a living wage. This is not to keep poor people poor. It is to force adults to make a living by contributing to society. If skilless jobs paid a living wage, society would have masses of teenagers dropping out of school because they would no longer need an education to earn a living wage. We'd be going backwards in progress, much like the movie Idiocracy.
MW jobs should be reserved for teens in high school, getting into their first job. When a person is 30 and still flipping burgers, that person is a waste of a life. He has a job, not a career. He contributes almost nothing to society (the value of a burger is low), and as such, he should be rewarded with almost nothing.
Not all people work equally hard. There is a disproportionately large number of lazy people in this world who would rather live on welfare than get a job. Society should not reward such people.4
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Most Helpful Girl
I know people want it raised to $15, which is RE-diculous. They say they can't survive on minimum wages and it's not fair that someone flipping burgers isn't as valued as a factory worker or substitute teacher or some hospital workers.
But that's all I know.0