JMU Students Weigh in on Minimum Wage

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

HARRISONBURG -- While President Barack Obama talks on minimum wage on Capitol Hill, we spoke with some James Madison University students to get their opinions.

One student suggested that, even when living with family, she struggled when making minimum wage.

"It's just really not enough for a lot of people," said Erica Dodson, a double major in English and the School for Media, Art and Design.

"A minimum wage job is not something that should be a living wage," said Will O'Connor, a psychology major. He suggested those struggling to get by get a better education.

Others suggested that an increase is reasonable, depending on the job.

"It would be reasonable for the minimum wage of $7.25 to be raised, if the jobs being paid to people are worth it," said Laura Winfrey, an undeclared student.

"I think it needs to be raised so that people who work hard in our country can sustain themselves and their families," said Allison Crenshaw, a social work major.

She suggested that minimum wage would make getting by difficult for anyone, especially parents and with the cost of living in Harrisonburg. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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