In 2009 the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 (roughly $15,000 annually) by Congress. Some workers receiving minimum wage would like it to be raised to $15 dollars an hour. Opponents of raising the minimum wage are concerned it will result in employee layoffs and increased costs to consumers to offset paying for increased wages. A common fear among employers is that if the federal minimum wage is raised they will be forced to layoff and automate the jobs. In this lesson, students will look at various viewpoints on this issue and determine a solution for themselves.View the entire lesson plan on the following website: Lesson Plan: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Raised?.