The world has been thrown into chaos over the course of the past several weeks with the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus has spread from China to some of the most remote islands on Earth. Since it has begun to spread, markets have been extremely volatile and many businesses have been forced to shut down, both voluntarily and by government mandate.
Arizonans have elected to increase the minimum wage twice since 2006 via ballot measures while lawmakers doubt that increasing the minimum wage positively affects workers. We conclude that a 1% increase in the minimum wage will on average produce a 1.13% increase in per capita income in Arizona. While at the same time, a 1% increase in the unemployment rate will produce a 5.1% decrease in per capita income and a 1% increase in the inflation rate will produce a 3.7% decrease in per capita income.
Over the course of many years, U.S. citizens have sat idly by and watched as the US government tries to spend its way out of an increasing portion of our nation’s problems. As our spending increases along with our national debt, we will eventually have to bring ourselves to ask the same two questions that we all ask ourselves when we find we’ve made a mistake: What went wrong and how do we fix it?
Since its inception due to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the minimum wage has been a highly debated topic. Originally set at 25 cents, the minimum wage has grown much larger over time. The Federal minimum wage currently stands at $7.25, unchanged since 2009 (DOL, 2019). Many states, however, have decided to set their own minimum wages, and some are much higher than the minimum Federal level. In this study, we attempt to determine the effect that minimum wage laws at the state and Federal level have had on poverty in the United States.
In April, 1.8 million British residents got a pay rise when the National Living Wage, the new name for the minimum wage in the United Kingdom, went up by the most ever, a whopping 4.9%. It marked 20 years since Tony Blair’s government introduced a minimum wage and the occasion was widely celebrated.