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~Comparing Arguments from Diverse Perspectives~

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Read the two passages.

Passage 1

Raising the minimum wage for workers will provide a significant boost to the economy. For example, changing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would add $22 billion to the economy by increasing people's purchasing power. Household spending would increase by $48 billion in one year with a similar minimum wage increase. Increased earnings lead to increased spending and a greater demand for products and services. This phenomenon then leads to the need for more workers and, thereby, job growth.

Passage 2

The current federal minimum wage for workers is $7.25. If the government increased that by $1.75, studies show that household spending would also increase—by $48 billion annually. An economic move like this makes too much sense to ignore. A rise in household spending would mean an expansion in the profits of many businesses, including small businesses. As a small-business owner, I would certainly welcome the extra income. The last time the minimum wage was increased, my profit margin increased substantially. My fellow small-business owners experienced a similar profit growth that year.

Which passage provides more effective evidence, and why?

◦ Passage 1 is more effective because the evidence is logical and does not include fallacies.

◦ Passage 1 is more effective because the evidence is logical and cannot be opposed.

◦ Passage 2 is more effective because the evidence is emotional and includes two perspectives.

◦ Passage 2 is more effective because the evidence is logical and is supported by anecdotes.