debate minimum wage issue worksheet
Background of the Issue:
Over the years, Americans have tried to balance the extremes of wealth and poverty in society. Some have favored private charity to help the poor, while others have backed government policies to distribute wealth. Still, there remains a wide gap between rich and poor in America. Use the timeline below to explore this enduring issue
The Debate Issue: The Minimum Wage
The government has tried to reduce poverty for working people by settling a minimum wage. Supporters say this wage is too low to provide a decent living. Critics say an increase would hurt employers and make it harder for them to provide low-lever jobs.
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.
1. Compare- Why does Holly Sklar support the minimum Wage? Why does D. Mark Wilson oppose it?
2. Analyze- Would a minimum wage help reduce poverty? Explain.
3. Debate- Learn more about recent debates on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage. Then, prepare an argument supporting one viewpoint.