There are many things that can be done to make an impact in the economy. A good place to start would be increasing the minimum wage. Times are hard. Times are even harder for those who are making less than they need to live and survive. All too often, this tends to be the people who are working a minimum wage job. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Under the conditions of today’s economy, this would not be enough for one person. Let alone a person who is taking care of a child. People on this wage are typically working just to make ends meet, which eventually leads to working paycheck to paycheck. Through intense research, the appropriate amount would be about 10 dollars an hour. However, even a few extra dollars can go a long way.