Was Minimum Wage Meant To Be a Living Wage?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions since the resurgence of living wage campaigns in the 1990s. While there are many practical and economic issues to address when considering a change in minimum wage policy, what, if anything, is more important than underlining a law’s purpose and, thus, moral implications? So for minimum wage’s original purpose, let’s look to history. In the early 20th century, the U.S. government, particularly the Supreme Court, strongly embr