Jun 12, 2009

A Minimum Debate

Chances are good that some of you have students working for minimum wage. The minimum wage, which dates back to 1938, is set to increase to $7.25 next month. Just like fluctuating gas prices, the minimum wage law is one of those great "go to" topics that never fail to get the kids fired up.

This article could be a good starting point for a discussion on the con's and more con's of raising minimum wage. Also helpful is this Department of Labor site that tracks wage rates since the 1930's. Hmmm.....so the minimum wage has only increased 22 times between 1938 and 2009. I wonder how many times Congressional pay has increased during that same time?