Letter: Don't raise minimum wage

May 1, 2014 

As a high school student preparing to enter the work force, I would like to weigh in on the topic of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

As an unskilled employee, I don't expect to make the same wages as someone with higher education and skill levels. Minimum wage jobs were not intended to support entire families, rather, they were meant as a beginning step to prepare for future employment.

Someone who has sacrificed for an education or trade and is willing to work hard has earned the right to make more money than an unskilled employee. For example, my mother is an administrative assistant at a school. She has a college degree, is in charge of over 500 students and is skilled in communications, office management and budgeting.

If minimum wage was to be raised, a 16-year-old person working at a fast food restaurant would make nearly the same hourly wage as my mother. Who is going to raise the skilled workers' wages? If we would stop looking at minimum wage jobs as a lifetime career and start looking at it as a temporary stepping stone, we would see that it is not necessary to raise wages.


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