Raise Minimum Wage
As most of us are aware, the minimum wage in Michigan is $9.65 per hour. It is insufficient pay, especially when you have a family to support, school, rent, bills, and so on. The living cost in Michigan continues to increase, however, the minimum wage remains unchanged and is not increasing. Following the 2020 pandemic, the cost of living increased by 1.6 percent, unemployment increased by 8.5 percent, but the minimum wage remains still unchanged.
The gains of raising the minimum wage outweigh the costs. People will be happier with their employment, as a result, they will be more faithful to their employers. Increasing the minimum wage would benefit employers and also small businesses by increasing customer demand, reducing turnover, and encouraging higher productivity. With higher wages, employers would no longer continue to work more than one job, contributing to the reduction in unemployment. Many individuals who work full-time jobs under the current minimum wage continue to live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis. This is a problem for a lot of families and is the reason why many people continue to work more than one job. Workers deserve to be compensated equally and appropriately for their efforts and dedication to their employment. With the cost of living continuing to rise, the minimum wage should continue to rise as well.