Peter Simkins, 32, Las Vegas

Our pay as courtesy clerks has been kept at an unreasonably low rate for quite some time now. It’s time the minimum wage be raised in order for fellow courtesy clerks like me to afford an apartment of our own.

Roderick Sheppard, 26, Lithonia

By raising the minimum wage, I could afford a decent place to live on my own without any help from anyone and without being on any assistance program.

Nicole Mason, 25, Killeen

If I work myself to the ground it means less time with my kids and no time to go back to school to become a nurse. It’s like an endless cycle: I work to live and live to work, no time for anything else.