Increase in California minimum wage

Posted on May 25, 2016

California and New York are the first states in the nation to legislate a plan to raise their statewide minimum wage rate to $15 an hour by 2022. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed this legislation last month.
It is about time the minimum wage was raised to this level.
College students are constantly working hard to cover tuition costs and the expenses that surround it on a $10 minimum-wage salary.
As a result, they graduate with student loan debt, an average of $30,000. Working more hours or more jobs to pay for tuition is not an option. It would be impossible. There is not enough time in a student’s life. Even with the loans, financial aid packages, and assistance from parents, being unemployed is not an option. Students need cars, and with that comes insurance payments and gas expenses.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would alleviate the burden on students. It is an enormous help to students struggling with college costs.
We live in a society where the American Dream cannot be achieved unless you borrow money like there is no tomorrow.
Even then, it is nearly impossible. Raising the minimum wage eases the pressure on working students by allowing them to work fewer hours and earn a larger salary. The benefits are immeasurable.
If rates continue to increase, more students would be able to enroll in college as financing would be more attainable. Young students are forced to borrow an unreasonable amount of money. It is an awful situation, and many young students want to avoid it, so they choose to not continue their education.
Raising the minimum wage is an investment in our country’s students and an investment in our students is an investment in our nation’s future.

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