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The minimum wage was first enacted into law as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA of 1938 The original minimum wage applied to workers engaged in interstate commerce and the production of goods for interstate commerce In 1938 this applied to roughly 110 million workers out of a total of 549 million workers The minimum wage was set at 025 per hour However by 1966 the minimum wage 125 and applied to virtually all workers In its beginnings the minimum wage was set at a value that was high enough for a person to live off of Valetta 3 However in recent years someone who works a job that pays minimum wage will fall well below the poverty line Therefore instead of somebody working three jobs to support their family a large increase in the minimum wage is a necessity In essence I do not believe that there should be a minimum wage there instead should be a livable wage American workers are paying for continuously rising costs of goods and services yet those who earn low wages have gone seven years with no action by Congress to raise the minimum wage to help them meet those costs For too many working families a full-time job does not provide enough money to support a family Raising the minimum wage would increase families ability to pay for necessities such as childcare housing food and medicine The annual income of an individual working full-time with two children at the 515 an hour minimum wage leaves them 4100 below the poverty level An increase in the minimum wage to 1000 would benefit over 102 million children living in households where a worker earns between the current minimum wage and 1000 per hour Edith 1 Because the minimum wage is not fixed for inflation its purchasing power has decreased over time The seven years since the last increase is the second longest period which Congress has failed
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