Explore a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage.
What steps should the federal government take to alleviate poverty in the United States? Is now the time for a nationwide increase in the minimum wage? In this lesson students will learn about worker protections on the federal and state level, and explore whether the government should require employers to pay their workers more. Will increasing the minimum wage lift Americans out of poverty? Or will it force companies to raise their prices and employ less people? Will a minimum wage increase strengthen American’s buying power or will it put more goods and services beyond the reach of low-income workers? Students will explore these questions and more as they debate The Pay Workers a Living Wage Act.
Use this lesson plan to explore the issue and prepare to conduct a Senate debate on a related bill.