February 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Debate over Obama’s minimum-wage plan
Raises will help improve economy
Raising the minimum wage is necessary [“Obama, business groups differ on minimum wage plan,” seattletimes.com, Feb. 13].
The minimum wage exists to guarantee that people are paid enough to sustain themselves, and the current minimum wage is too low to do this. Increasing the minimum wage to keep up with inflation is something we should always do, and hopefully will from here on out.
As for the people who argue that raising the minimum wage will decrease businesses willingness to hire people, this may be true initially, but once the minimum wage goes up, so will the spending of the people working in those jobs. It’s fair to say that a lot of the people in these minimum-wage jobs (though far from all) are students. If minimum wage goes up, those students won’t hold on to the extra money they start making; they will go out and spend more, driving local businesses and making it feasible for them to expand creating jobs.
Simply put, raising the minimum wage is not only helpful to those making minimum wage, but is also a step toward fixing our economy.
–Joe Raley, Bellingham
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