Shwu-mei, Wei Ict150s8 Minimum wage Minimum wage in American Samoa has been an issue the last few years. People have been debating weather we should raise the minimum wage or to stop. American Samoa is struggling because of job loss, and the high cost of life. People are beginning to shop less and save more. I think that the minimum wage should be raised. There are a few reasons why minimum wage should be raised. The cost of living is going up is one reason. Another reason is the growing number of family members. I will explain the impact it has on our daily lives. And why is it that we should raise the minimum wage. My opinion is yes because even if you stop the minimum wage form being raised. The cost of living will still rise. The cost of everyday life is changing everyday, and it will keep on going up even if the minimum wage dose not changes. A good example for the raising cost of food is rice. Two years ago the price for rice was about $13.99, but now it cost about $34.99. Another example is chicken; two years ago it cost $12.99 and now is about $22.99. Shopping for clothing and accessories cost a lot more now then last year. Two Years ago when you go shopping with a $100 dollars. You can buy maybe buy two t-shirts, and two pants, but now one pants is almost a $100 dollars. Two families with the same salary, but one has 2 members and the other has 4 members. You have to buy more clothing and more food for the family. For example compare a family with two and four family member. A person with two family member need less food, but four need twice that amount. A family of two need clothing and accessories, but the family of four needs twice the amount as compare to a family of two members. On top of that you also need to pay the phone bill, electrics bill, rent, and education. So after comparing the two different families you can see that a family with two members needs less then the family of four. People need the money to support the growing number of their families. Some parents today can’t say yes to their kids without checking their wallets. People now days want to give their children everything they never had. And by during so they more money as their families keeps growing. So after voicing my opinion and comparing different lifestyles. I think American Samoa should increase the minimum wage. So that people can keep up with the changing life style, and the demand of everyday life.