While living on the existing minimum wage is difficult, raising it to $15-an-hour would not help many of the most vulnerable workers and may even hurt their chances, says a young business owner.
Writing as a guest columnist for the South Jersey Times, Matthew Johnson argues that lower-wage jobs give unskilled workers the opportunity to gain experience and build their resumes to improve their opportunities in the future.
“A $15-an-hour minimum wage will tell these challenged workers that their labor does not belong in the marketplace,” Johnson writes. “For every low-wage worker who gains from the increase, there could be another worker laid off or someone who never gets hired in the first place. It should not be up to government to decide who wins and who loses in this delicate economic equation.”