Minimum Wage and how much should it be

Workers are getting less and less now a days, even though wages may be lower in the south their are certain things taxed like gas cigarettes etc.. in other states to compensate for the national average. Are minimum wages enough to live a nice life on in the US? Should minimum wage be set at a fair medium?

"The minimum wage is now about more than 40 percent below the federal poverty line" ("Are U.S. Wages Enough to Live On?" PBS. PBS. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.)

The minimum wage in America is somewhat measly, people that live on minimum wage struggle to to have a home, they can't travel or have any entertainment items or even pay some of the medical bills for things they need like medicine. Large corporations like sub-way and McDonalds underpay their workers, and make them work overtime by just telling them to open shop or close shop which can up to almost an hour which can be tacked on probably 3 times a week so just for starter, thats about 6 hours of overtime no pay.

Even though there may be several companies that underpay their workers there are companies that pay good money for basically fast food work. Starbucks CEO states in this video that Starbucks gives benefits to its workers and has always paid above minimum wage.He agrees with the President that minimum wage should be raised but not too much.

Individual Subway Franchisees Have Been Found in Violation of Pay, and Hour Rules in More than 1,100 Investigations Spanning from 2000 to 2013. "Subway Leads Fast Food Industry in Underpaying Workers."

Washington already has a minimum wage of $9.35 which is the highest in the nation, now they have made a law to switch Seattle to get $15 an hour by 2017 from all major business and by 2021 all business. I don't think this is right, yes I think the US should push up minimum wage but don't make minimum wage jobs basically careers their needs to be a happy medium.

"The Increase Was Formally Proposed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. "Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage." "

A graph from 2012 shows that the US is about average in their pay but it could easily be raised because the US does tax  just as well as the United Kingdom or Canada, and both of these countries have higher minimum wage rates as well. The US should raise the minimum wage to an even number not anything crazy like Australia.

Citations

"Are U.S. Wages Enough to Live On?" PBS. PBS. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/are-us-wages-enough-to-live-on/>.

Individual Subway Franchisees Have Been Found in Violation of Pay, and Hour Rules in More than 1,100 Investigations Spanning from 2000 to 2013. "Subway Leads Fast Food Industry in Underpaying Workers."

The Increase Was Formally Proposed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. "Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 2 June 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/02/news/economy/seattle-minimum-wage/>.

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