(Center for Vision and Values) -- There is much talk and action right now on the issue of a minimum or “just” wage. Typically, those who favor raising the minimum wage tend to the liberal camp. However, some of those who want to raise the minimum wage are social conservatives or have conservative sympathies. They are concerned about those people who are working long hours at honest work, perhaps even achieving supervisory positions while still earning less than $15 an hour. There are too many people working jobs that would have once been careers who do not earn a living wage, and this has consequences.
Those of us who value family formation need to promote high-wage jobs so couples can afford to have children. Earning a good living from one job gives people time to be involved in their communities, while those needing to work multiple jobs do not have that time. People of faith must acknowledge that the cause of just wages is a moral issue. Some who cite these compelling arguments in favor of raising the minimum wage acknowledge that raising the minimum wage will result in people losing their jobs to automation. They call out for a conservative solution to the problem of low wages but see none.