The final vote was finished by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, July 18. By 2025, the minimum wage will be raised to $15.00 an hour. When the voting took place, 231 members voted in favor of raising the pay, and 199 opposed it.
Minimum wage is usually paid to all fast-food workers, cashiers, hosts and hostesses, amusement park attendants, etc., which means this raise will greatly affect all high school students. High school is generally the time when people take up their first job, usually paid by the hour on minimum wage. So how do students feel about this gradual rise in payment?
“I don’t really have that much time,” said Kenna Stephen (‘21). “I don’t [really] get to work that many hours during the school year, so if I could make more during the hours I do work, that would be really helpful.”
Stephen later explains that though she has to pay for her own gas and going out, she doesn’t really “have as much to pay for” as some of the older adults working in jobs that pay minimum wage. Many of them have children to care for, bills to pay, and things that they need to financially support.
The current minimum wage payment in Colorado is $11.10. It was agreed that Colorado is allowed to begin raising it in January of 2020, and the payments will start taking place in 2021.
Minimum wage has been raised before. It was raised to $7.25 in 2009, $9.30 in 2017, $10.20 in 2018, and $11.10 in 2019, and it will hopefully be at $12.00 in 2020. From there, it could very well continue to grow.
The rise of minimum wage is told to benefit a total of 33.5 million workers, including:
30.1 million adults ages 20 or older
19.6 million full-time workers
19.5 million women
9.4 million parents
4.6 million single parents
6.2 million workers in poverty
“I think it would benefit most people,” said Andrea Randolph (20’), “except maybe the employers who don’t want to raise their pay.”
She continues by saying, “That would make high school so much easier.”
Though many people are on board with this idea, others think that it could be a total disaster. Employers might cut employees, the cost of living might rise, and businesses might stop hiring for extended periods of time.
When asked if she thinks that employers will let go of employees once the pay is raised, Kayla Parmley (20’) commented, “They probably would [cut employees], yeah. We have a lot of workers.”
So, what do you think? Should they raise the pay? Or is it fine where it is? Let us know in the comments below.