Raising the Minimum Wage is very harmful to America’s Youth. The current level has already negatively impacted millions of young Americans because they are not able to get into a Minimum Wage job to learn even the basic of job skills. With nothing productive to do, they can be swept up in doing things harmful to a community like joining a gang or getting hooked on drugs. I reflect back at my time getting $4.25 an hour as a high school student. I had extra money in my pocket and was able to buy things that I wanted but I was also responsible enough to show up for my shift at work and put in my effort. That same company today has about half the staff it used to and the service it provided is about half as good as it was back then.
I would prefer there be no FEDERAL or STATE Minimum Wage and leave it for the individual townships to set a Minimum Wage.