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House passes bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15
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When does a minimum wage become too high?
This article from NPR looks into how more than doubling the minimum wage to $15 would have a different effect on the economy than would a more modest raise in the minimum wage.
This game from the Urban Ministries of Durham and McKinney challenges players to live off of minimum wage for a month. Starting from a position of hardship, then choosing a minimum wage job, players have to navigate a plethora of difficult decisions that low-wage workers are facing constantly.
A History of the Minimum Wage
Time Magazine's visual, musical, historical record of when the minimum wage has been raised and what it would be worth in today’s time.
Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would lift wages for over 33 million workers
An in-depth data analysis of how raising the minimum wage could benefit low-wage workers from one of the foremost economic think-tanks, the Economic Policy Institute.
A tale of two minimum wages
This video from CNN business looks at how different things are for the 39% of U.S. citizens that have a $7.25 minimum wage, than they are for the 61% who have a higher one.
Why Is There a Minimum Wage?
This video from Origin of Everything follows the history and debate around the minimum wage.
How Seattle businesses are responding to minimum wage hikes
This news story from CNBC follows how minimum wage growth in Seattle is having an impact on local businesses and the community.
As Fewer Teens Work Summer Jobs, Republican Lawmakers Propose Teen Minimum Wage
This article from WBUR talks about how Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to ensure that summer and part-time jobs are available to teens looking to gain on-the-job skills while still ensuring that businesses can afford to offer those opportunities.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- Are there any symbols? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
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Should the U.S. raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour?
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