For the past few months, the news has been covering the issue of raising the minimum wage to support the people have a  sustainable livelihood. The Department of Labor currently has the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour and in California itself, minimum wage is $9.00 to reflect the high price of living in the sunshine state.

Each state has their own minimum wage cap but what about those states that do not adjust the wage to the living cost?

There are many basic needs that people living on minimum wage cannot afford and sometimes there are hard decisions that have to be made such as whether to put food on the table or pay for rent. This is not living, this is struggle. One woman, a Representative from Chicago challenged herself and her husband to live a $7.25 wage for a week and within a short amount of time realized that it was nearly impossible to live on this wage.

Read more about her experience and the  8 Lessons I Learned Living on Minimum Wage