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[–] yergi 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

most of them are more than willing to put in a 40 hour work week and contribute to society.

So, what you're talking about here is trade skills. Trade skills do not typically hire hire at a minimum wage, and don't typically require schooling. Skills are earned on the job. I know plumbers that make 65k a year. I'm not exaggerating.

People earning minimum wage are largely the people without skills, and don't typically build skills by working at that job. If you were to hike the wage to 15 bucks an hour, the workers will be increasingly replaced with more automation. (Honestly, I would rather have my burgers made my robots. Robots don't catch colds.)

Hiking a minimum wage doesn't help the people you are talking about.