Helix Reactions to the Minimum Wage Increase


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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today, ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages and demanding the right to wages of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum of $7.25. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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The minimum wage, increased towards the end of 2016 and is believed to continue raising throughout 2017. In more than  19 states, the increase has been put into place already.

The states that increased their minimum wage are listed, in order as: “Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington,” reported ABC News.

California is one of the states where the increase has taken place, and the majority, of working teens seem to be happy with the results.

Seth Mashuri, a senior at Helix who works at In-N-Out Burger, stated he “loves” the minimum wage increase, and doesn’t think it has affected his spending negatively.

“Whatever more money I have, I pretty much put in my savings account,” he stated, claiming the money will stay there, “for a rainy day.”

The minimum wage increased about $0.50 cents for Mashuri, making his payment $13.50 per hour.

A similar response was given by Valerie Ramirez, a junior at Helix who works at the Balboa Park Carousel.

Ramirez only works the weekends, from 9:45 to 5:30, and “makes about $152.”

Like Mashuri, Ramirez “spends [her] money on certain things,” while she  “save[s] about $25, and put[s] it in the bank,” where it adds up every time she gets paid.

According to Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics, “The measure was designed to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.”

Ramirez stated that although money is important, it is crucial to “not spend it on dumb things,” as juggling school and work “makes everything complicated.”

For those teens who are considering getting a job now that the minimum wage has increased, Mashuri suggests to not get a job, “unless you know you have time. If you’re not doing well in school, don’t get a job because it’s very time-consuming and you have way more responsibilities put on your shoulders. So school is always first.”