While Senator Bernie Sanders ran for president in the 2016 elections, one of his main promises was to raise the minimum wage. The proposal received strong criticism as being unfeasible and an unnecessary burden on the American people. Then, came 2018. Many politicians and business owners revisited the proposal and reconsidered its feasibility.
In that year, Michigan and several other states and local municipalities across America made the decision to raise their minimum wages. While the numbers were not as high as Sanders and other supporters of his campaign originally hoped for, it is a step in the right direction for employees.
In fact, several municipalities met or topped Sanders’ originally $15 per hour proposal. According to CNN, this included the following local municipalities:
- $15 per hour in Sunnyvale, California
- Up to $15.45 per hour in Seattle, Washington, depending on business size
- $15.64 per hour for transportation and hospitality employees in SeaTac, Washington
According to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, as of March 29th, Michigan’s minimum wage climbed from $9.25 per hour to $9.45. The goal is to increase the minimum wage to $12.05 by 2030. The state turned down more radical initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $12 within the next four years. It believed that this would make it less competitive in the bid for jobs from companies investing in new locations across the country.
Many Americans continue to argue that a higher minimum wage will lead to higher costs for goods and services. However, for the employees who rely on a minimum wage to decide their take-home pay, the new changes guarantee them an annual raise until 2030 and a better standard of living.