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Proposal: raise minimum wage in WV

Raising minimum wage in West Virginia is important for families to be able to live better and provide more for their children and families.  Most of work minimum wages jobs with no benefits. This make everyday a struggle for a lot of families.

The Issue

Problem Defined

The problem i'm trying to solve is raising minimum wage in Keyser, WV.  I live and work in Keyser.  I feel like most jobs available in my area are minimum wage jobs.  The minimum wage is lower that some of the areas around Keyser.  This means a person has to commute in some way to earn more per hour.  That takes more time away from family, more wear on yourself, and expensive from travel. I believe if minimum wage could increase then we could have less financal worry and possible not have to travel for work outside of our town.

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WV's minimum wage is lower than it's neighbor state MarylandMORE

WV's minimum wage is lower than It's neighbors.  A raise would help families with less money worries, even a small amount would help.

A raise in minimum wage would help stop people from having to travel for more money.MORE

Raising the minimum wage would keep people from travel for work, creating more time for family.

Raising minimum wage could help keep our kids from moving away in the future.MORE

If minimum wage gets a raise it could stop our children and family from moving away from us to have better paychecks. 

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I live in a small town called Keyser, WV.  I have lived there my whole life and also work here. I decided to stay in Keyser to raise my family. I have 3 kids and a spouse. I attend Allegany college of Maryland in the education field.  I would like to become a first grade or second grade teacher.  I enjoy volunteering at my children schools.  I volunteer at a primary and middle school. which i enjoy very much.  I chose this issue because it effects my ability to live and raise my family without struggling everyday and living pay day to pay day. 

Nancy Gordon
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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state minimum wageMORE


understanding how raising the federal minimum wage helpsMORE


West Virginia's poverty increaseMORE


Expected Results
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To be considered MORE

The state of WV would at least considered raising minimum wage.

Hope to find ways to get attention to this issueMORE

I hope to find more ways to get people and attention to this matter.

Expect at least a little raise in minimum wage.MORE

I expect at least a small amount of money added to WV's minimum wage soon.



The Conversation

5 months ago
This topic is important to me because, I have a family who needs my time and relays on me to take care of them. So raising minimum wage would help me to support them better without having to lose valuable time with them to drive to another state to make more money.
5 months ago
This topic is important to me because, I have a family who needs my time and relays on me to take care of them. So raising minimum wage would help me to support them better without having to lose valuable time with them to drive to another state to make more money.

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