Minimum Wage Discussion

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.  That means that covered workers nationwide must receive $7.25 an hour.  The law allows states and localities to have a higher minimum wage and some places have done just that, increasing their minimum wage to $9 an hour or even an eventual $15 an hour.  Is this a good idea?  Do you think Texas should have a higher minimum wage?  What, if any, minimum wage do you favor?  What is the reasoning behind your position?  

Before responding to this question, read the essays and watch the videos posted below. Your post should demonstrate a good understanding of the topic. Be sure to use good English grammar and composition skills. Your response is worth up to 25 points, so be sure to take your time to do this assignment well.  Please continue the conversation with your classmates by posting a reply to someone else’s response. 

Remember: To receive credit, your post should specifically mention the title, author, or source of at least two of the articles or videos posted below.

NY Times: The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/the-case-for-a-higher-minimum-wage.html

Study Shows that Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase has Reduced Employment

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/new-study-casts-doubt-on-whether-a-15-minimum-wage-really-helps-workers/?utm_term=.e0e58d904346

Video: PBS News Hour, “What Quality of Life Can Minimum Wage Workers Afford.”

What quality of life can minimum wage workers afford?

NPR, “When Does a Minimum Wage Become Too High?”

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/04/23/716126740/when-does-a-minimum-wage-become-too-high

Economists Argue about the Minimum Wage

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21724802-two-studies-their-impact-seattle-reach-opposite-conclusions-economists-argue

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