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Raise the minimum wage for adults

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Kaleb Steele, guest columnist

Minimum wage in Cedar Rapids is $7.25 per hour. In some places around the U.S. it may be a little more. How are people over the age of 18 supposed to pay for bills, gas, etc. and groceries? If that 18 year old has kids, how are they going to pay for their kid’s needs? There is no way someone can pay bills with $7.25 an hour.

In California the minimum wage is $15 an hour. In my opinion, that should be the minimum wage for people 18 and older. Maybe even 21 and older. Because, most 14- through 17-year-olds live at home. A lot of them also work for minimum wage. I don’t think someone living at home needs $15 an hour. Most of their things are already paid for when living at home. As for the people on their own, it’s almost the exact opposite. According to Google the average adult spends over $44,000 a year, but minimum wage in Iowa pays $15,000 a year. That’s $29,000 short and that doesn’t work out.

A lot of people might say, “it’s their fault for not going to college.” That’s true, but a lot of people can’t pay for college. You do know college costs money, right? As they say, “money doesn’t grow on trees.” We can’t all have that Cinderella story where everything works out perfectly fine. So if we don’t go to college, how are we going to pay for things with minimum wage?

McDonalds made about $25 billion last year. That’s a lot of money. Yet, McDonalds still only pays $7.25 an hour (minimum wage). I don’t think anyone wants to get paid minimum wage. But some people have to settle for it. I honestly feel bad for any minimum wage worker with a family. People usually say “you’re going to end up working at McDonalds” as an insult. I don’t think anyone deserves to go to work hating their job. But, a lot of people have to.

Adults have to provide for their families. Getting paid $7.25 an hour might not be the solution to that. When people go to a fast-food restaurant, most of the time the workers aren’t too happy. I don’t blame them. If I were getting paid as much as they do, I’d feel the same way.

• Kaleb Steele, 14, wants to go into a career in basketball, but if that doesn’t work out, he wants to be a writer or a journalist.

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