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    • January 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm #1369
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Could someone work through this problem. I think I understand it now, but I would just 100 percent clarity

    • January 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm #1371
      LSAT Dan
      Participant

      Good question to ask about…it’s one that gives a lot of students trouble, particularly distinguishing between A and C.  The argument relies on the notion that the minimum wage increase will (significantly) increase the museum’s operating expenses.  One way of looking at it to assume that everybody employed by the museum made $500,000 per year.  If that were the case, then the argument wouldn’t make much sense – Raising the minimum wage by 5%, from, say, $10/hour to $10.50/hour wouldn’t have any effect on the museum’s operating expenses if everyone made a ton more money than that.

      Instead, what the argument needs to be the case is that there are people making minimum wage or close to it.  Using my numbers, let’s say the museum had 100 people making $10.20 per hour.  Now, when the minimum wage goes up to $10.50, we clearly have an increase in operating expenses – 30 more cents per hour, times 100 workers, times maybe 2,000 hours in a full-time year.  This is what the right answer is getting at – there are employees making so little that they’re affected by a minimum wage increase.

    • January 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm #1372
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks Dan, I think that “operating expenses” helps to make the answer choices confusing as well. I thought that the answer choices would directly attack that idea in terms of the explicit language the answer choices used (basically I thought the answer would have operating expenses in it), and when it didn’t, it threw me for a loop.

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