In July, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. While this did not pass the Senate, the issue of a $15 minimum wage became a campaign promise for Joe Biden and many Congressional Democrats. With Democrats in control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress, the Raise the Wage Act was reintroduced in the 117th Congress. This deliberation looks at the debate over raising the minimum wage including arguments about free markets, state and local laws, and its possible impacts on inflation, low-wage workers, and small businesses. Students will use primary-source video clips to analyze the arguments on both sides of the issue and answer the question:
Should the federal minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour?
- Is the US ready to unify around a $15 minimum wage?– Quartz
- One map shows how much a $15 minimum wage would be worth in every state– Quartz