By Santiago Castillo |Staff Writer|
President Barack Obama plans to raise minimum wage for federal construction workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
“Those likely to see bumps in future paychecks include dishwashers, food servers and construction workers,” according to The Huffington Post.
This executive order puts pressure on Congress to change the minimum wage for all federal workers.
“The increase in minimum wage will increase the standard of living for those affected,” said professor and chair of Economics Mayo Toruno.
Toruno added, “Increasing the standard of living for people will increase their spending giving our economy a healthy business cycle.”
When asked if the wage increase is necessary, student Priscilla Arechiga said, “The amount is necessary because many contract workers are trying to provide for their families and with this economy it’s been really rough.”
“I don’t feel the raise is necessary, the jump from 7.25 to 10.10 is too high, and our economy will only get worse,” said student Diego Cardiel.
Cardiel also added, “There are a lot of jobs that deserve a raise, for example teachers and people who work in their community also deserve a raise.”
Obama hopes to improve our economy by passing this executive order.