Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington have voted to increase their state’s minimum wage. The four states will increase their minimum wage incrementally by 2020; Arizona will increase from $8.05 an hour to $12, Colorado will increase from $8.31 an hour to $12, Main will increase from $7.50 an hour to $12 and finally Washington will increase from $9.47 to $13.50.
The national minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and has not changed since 2009, when it rose from $6.55 by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. There are still 21 states that are still stuck at the $7.25 minimum wage. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both supported the federal minimum wage hike.
We have come a long way for workers rights because back in the industrial revolution, men and women worked 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, sometimes half days on Sundays. The wages were low, there was no concept of minimum wage. There were times in industrial towns, the workers went into debt because they were charged far more than they made for the housing, food, clothing and otherthings they needed for work that was not supplied by the companies they worked at. It wasn’t until 1912 where Massachussets set the first minimum wage according to their living expenses. But nowadays the argument is whether increasing the minimum wage will kill jobs or not and many have diferent opinions.
The arguments about minimum wage hikes like these are that wage jobs are supposed to be entry level jobs for the unskilled worker. These types of jobs are focused on getting skills towards a better job, not planning on how to spend their entire life as an unskilled worker. The one problem is that this economy has not created lots of high paying jobs since 2007. Another argument would be that the government to artificially set wages, since their wages need to be set on the economics of supply and demand and let the prevailing market determine the minimum wage.