August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Minimum-wage debate in Seattle
Employers, not taxpayers, should pay workers
A minimum-wage employee is likely receiving a number of government subsidies including food stamps, housing assistance, earned-income tax credit and soon medical insurance assistance. [“A crazy generosity experiment,” NW Sunday, Aug. 11.]If the minimum wage were raised (say, to $15 an hour) the minimum-wage employee would receive fewer, if any, government benefits.
Since these benefits are paid by the government, we the taxpayers are, in essence, supporting part of the overall payment of today’s minimum-wage workers. Why should the taxpayer subsidize wages paid by fast-food companies, Wal-Mart Stores, and other minimum-wage employers?
I would much rather pay a few cents more for a hamburger so the workers earn livable wages, than pay additional taxes to support employees earning the current minimum wage.
Paul Jones, Mercer Island
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