Senator Sanders and others call for a living wage and to that end wants a $15.00 per hour minimum wage. That gets you $31,200 per year for full-time employment.
Sanders also calls for free college.
A higher minimum wage is a short-term mediocre fix, but not to the problem faced by minimum wage working adults.
You can’t get far in this world without a command of basic skills and that includes communication skills. Think about your initial interaction with anyone. How much are you affected by the words out of their mouth, their use of language, the message their body language sends, their attitude?
As a nation the majority of our high school seniors are not proficient in basic skills such as reading, writing, math and in important knowledge about civics, history, science and economics. Following are national averages, many states are far worse.
Free college, higher pay in low skill jobs mean little in improving the long-term prospects for individuals with minimum basic skills to assist them, not to mention the 12 to 15% who do not graduate high school or the variables that affect graduation criteria.
And yes, there are great differences in skill levels and graduation rates based on race.
The goal is to get full-time employed adults out of minimum wage jobs, not just make them more comfortable in them.