Y&G delegates not aligned on what to do with minimum wage
In today’s economy, the topic of minimum wage has been a controversial one, and many wonder whether it should be raised, lowered, or kept the same.
Those in favor argue that many people cannot support themselves off minimum wage, and some people have families to worry about as well.
Several delegates share these beliefs.
Abby Huber, a lobbyist from Carterville, said, “It needs to be raised because it’s ridiculous for a single parent to have to live off minimum wage.”
Some delegates’ views on the issue have been shaped by personal experience.
Mira Patel, a representative from Neuqua Valley, said, “I personally think that the minimum wage should be raised, because my dad is a franchisee and has a lot of minimum wage workers. I see how hard they work and how little they are paid, and it is not enough.”
Others do not agree with raising the minimum wage and think that it needs to stay the same.
Tommy Kaufmann, a legislative assistant from Stagg, said, “I think that the minimum wage should stay the same, because if it goes up, then adults are going to take the positions that teenagers need.”
He also believes that minimum wage jobs are meant for teenagers just looking to make extra money.
“Teenagers don’t need as much money as an adult would, since they don’t need to fulfill the needs of a family, house, and rent,” Kaufmann said.
Nora Klein, also a legislative assistant from Stagg, believes that raising the minimum wage would discourage job mobility and advancement.
“I believe that the minimum wage should stay the same, because if it continues to be raised, then people will keep doing lower level jobs, since they will continue to get more money,” Klein said. “If it stays the same, people will strive to get better jobs and work at a harder level to have more money instead of just asking for the minimum wage to be raised.”
(written by Abby Weisensee, Lake Park)