Minimum wage raised to $15 an hour

De Anza College students had a lot to say about the initiative a city in Washington passed to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, and spoke out about the minimum wage rate in California.

After reading an article about the city of SeaTac in Washington raising their city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, I thought it would be a good idea to get the reactions from students on De Anza students on this matter.

The city of SeaTac has passed a ballot earlier this month that has raised the city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour, which will go into effect Jan. 1.

Those in favor of minimum wage increase say that the new measures will generate economic growth and boost the local economy by consumer spending. But those on the other side say that small businesses can’t afford to pay the higher wages and people will have a hard time finding jobs.

De Anza students also had mixed reactions to this article and matter.

Melissa Molano, a nursing major and second year at De Anza said, “I think it’s good only because I need as much money as I can get, but $15 for a minimum is kind of a lot just for any mediocre job. I think that’s unfair to those with a degree job only making a few bucks more.”

Megan Lombardi, journalism and hospitality major, was very surprised by the article. She said, “things are expensive in San Jose, but I feel if the minimum wage is increased, the cost of living will increase as well.” Megan also said, “I would love to have California raise minimum wage, because of our high prices living standards, but I fear everything will just become more expensive.”

Environmental studies major, Ashely Harris had a similar reaction to Megan. She said, “If minimum wage goes up high up, it leads to higher living costs. You would get paid more, but you bills at home would increase as well.” But she also said, “At the same time, I do think minimum wage should increase, because you can’t live comfortably off $10 an hour in California.”

Fourth year humanities major, Charlene Santiago had a lot to say about the issue. Charlene said, “I think SeaTac’s pretty up to par. I hardly think $10 an hour is enough, especially for California, the “Golden State”. It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist and business power house. We’re known for Hollywood, Silicon Valley, some of the best Universities in the country, and yet we give some of the most hard working citizens the lowest amount of money.”

Misty Davis, business management major and first year at De Anza said, “I feel like $15 an hour is a more realistic live able wage in California, with expenses being so high, especial here in the bay area.”

Computer science major and second year at De Anza, John Aubin thinks it’s a terrible idea for the city of SeaTac to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour. John says, “I believe an increase in minimum wage is only going to cause our everyday necessities to become more expensive and make it even harder for people to save up.”

The city of SeaTac has caused a controversial issue in raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Many of people, including De Anza College students, have mixed reactions to the matter and are either against or in favor of increasing minimum wage.

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