The questions continue, no matter what you do for a living or what part of the Permian Basin you live in... The minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 per hour. Is that enough for a family or even an individual to survive on even at 40 hours a week? Should it be raised? If it should be raised--to what? And the arguments come from all sides on this one: If you're a business owner--raising it will make you have to downsize to fewer employees or, in some cases--close altogether; if you're a worker whose wages are in that range and you're trying to make ends meet--you're looking for help and a way to make life easier and better for you and your family.

Bangkok, Thailand - Mar 4, 2017: customer receiving hamburger and ice cream after order and buy it from McDonald's drive thru service

Many fast food chains have been forced to downsize their workforce nationwide and install electronic kiosks for customers to place their orders with instead of an actual person. Some have offered a starting wage higher than minimum wage to lure new workers to either change jobs or begin their working years by earning a better wage.

Paying with credit card at a grocery store

No matter which side of the fence you're on-I think the only people allowed to voice an opinion on this topic are the ones who live in that world on a daily basis. If you don't own a business, don't pay employees, if you're not a worker who earns this wage or close to it--then you don't understand what it's like to be on either side of this coin.

Friends shopping together

Then there are those who say, "Should there even BE a minimum wage?". Opinions on the subject are plentiful and passionate.

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

More From Mix 97.9 FM