Our current minimum wage is $9.25 an hour.
That equals, before taxes $17,000 a year. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $750 a month which equals $9000 a year.
That leaves the minimum wage worker $8000 a year to buy food, own or lease a car, pay for auto insurance, clothing and everything else.
Minimum wage has not kept up with an inflation and people are forced to work 2 or 3 jobs just to meet basic needs.
People say that minimum wage jobs should only be starting point but why should a low wage worker be punished if they like their job?
Why punish the individual if they don’t have the aptitude for higher learning? I support raising Michigan’s minimum wage and I hope voters choose yes on the November ballot.