The current minimum wage of $7.25 is too low for anyone to support a family on, but the proposed amount by many, fifteen dollars, is too high to be considered “minimum”. There are many cons and pros to a fifteen dollar minimum wage. Negative side effects could include layoffs, higher cost of living, increased poverty and higher unemployment rates. On the other hand many of the predicted pros of a higher minimum wage are the opposite of the cons. Any middle or lower class employee in the US agrees that minimum wage needs to be increased in order for more americans to be afford a life worth living, but raising it so high would be more costly than it would be beneficial. Currently the average hourly pay of an ambulance driver is less than the proposed fifteen dollar minimum wage, $11.68. Why should someone that gives me fries be paid more than what an average ambulance driver is being paid currently? The minimum wage could also be varied depending on age or the amount of people living at home. A minimum wage in the range of 10-12 dollars should be enough for anyone who needs to work at jobs which require minimum effort. One must also consider the poverty cycle. If the only one working a family of five is the mother, who never had a chance to get higher education, making the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 would obviously need help from her children to make ends meet. The children would then not have enough time to study for school resulting in lack of higher education which would start the cycle all over again. A higher minimum wage could potentially end the poverty cycle for many families in this country.