WBA Debate Topic: Minimum Wage

Many Americans continue to struggle to make a living wage. When it comes to the federal minimum wage you both have said you support an increase in the minimum wage. Given the rise in inflation we’ve seen this past year, specifically what dollar figure would you support setting as the minimum wage and why?

  • The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour since July 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

In 2021, Ron Johnson said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, saying that $7.25 is historically low. However, he says that he would not support increasing it to $15, arguing that it would kill too many jobs (CSPAN).