By Noemi Garcia |Staff Writer|
It is believed that the raise in minimum wage “is a step in the right direction overall because we have become a part time society,” said student Kayla Tyndale.
There is also a fear that once minimum wage rises, the cost of living and goods will rise with it, defeating the purpose.
This might have been one of the reasons why it might have taken so long to get approved by the government.
“Financial institution employees agree that it is hard to see their clients attempt to save, and shortly after they come back to pull that same money out because they need it to afford the cost of living,” stated Jessica Arias, a bank manager.
Even though California is the highest paying state in the nation at $10 per hour, the cost of living is still very expensive, according to USA Today.
“Because we have become a part time society, people have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet,” added Tyndale.
California is ranked number two in the nation of people who live paycheck to paycheck, according to the Huffington Post.
Business owners worry and others begin to demand a raise as well, while employees are looking forward to extra money on their paycheck.
“You won’t get a Happy Meal or hamburger for $5 anymore. It’s impossible,” said Yossi Kviatkovsky in an article by the San Bernardino Sun.
Making the point that the cost of products will rise as well to compensate the pay raise.
“Uneducated, workers are going to be making almost as much as me, and I have a bachelors degree!” said Oscar Garcia, a graduate student from the University of Phoenix.
Although I am happy for others, I also believe that people with higher education should get their money’s worth,” said Garcia.
When a professor, who holds a university degree, is earning just a few dollars more than someone who does not can cause resentment.
“Professors will feel under appreciated,” said student Laurence Bituin.
“As of now, professors in Cal State system were about strike over a pay raise, they might want another raise to feel like they are “getting their money’s worth,” said Garcia.
“What is the point of being a student, especially if that student’s dreams are to become a professor? They can just drop out and work for fast food chains,” said Bituin.
This is just part of the argument because the raise will affect the number of jobs that are available.
Employers are not going to be able to afford the payroll and ultimately a decline in available jobs, and the collection of taxes will become a challenge to the state, according to CNS news.