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Raising the Minimum Wage

            Our country has been experiencing one of the worst recessions ever for quite a few years now. Many people are just making enough money to live on. The working class has been struggling the most because they don't have the best jobs out there and if you don't have a good job you are probably making minimum wage or something close to it. Raising minimum wage has become a political battle but President Obama has recently addressed that he is working on gradually raising it. If this plan works, not only the economy but people's lives will improve. I myself currently work for minimum wage but yet I'm waiting on my next check to be received. I feel that the federal government should see the problem and fix it. .
             The United States fell into a recession around 2007 and even to this day, many people are still having income problems. For a long time, people were losing their jobs and it became increasingly hard to find a new one. Companies and business owners could now use this to their advantage to pay a lower wage to their employees. Times became hard enough where people would take any salary they could get to support themselves. Now that we are in 2013, some people's occupations have stabilized but there are still many people that work every day and still live below the poverty line. Teens and younger people would find minimum wage a good start to making money but there are parents and older people that are trying to live off of it. Federal minimum wage is $7.25 and families with that income are unable to pay for rent, food, and other necessities. If they have a full time job then they would be making around $15,000 a year (miniumum-wage.org). We have recently made progress in our plan to raise the minimum wage. In President Obama's State of the Union speech, he has called for a raise of $9.00 an hour. This is a start to helping the working class. Even that isn't enough of an increase so over time they will be working on raising the minimum wage up to $12.

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