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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

SeaTac Prop. 1 a good start to establishing fair wages

Aug. 1, 2013, demonstrators protesting what they say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. Washington already has the nation's highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Aug. 1, 2013, demonstrators protesting what they say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

$15 livable minimum wage option leads to greater self-reliance

It seems to me that we, who make more than $15 an hour, have a choice: We can continue to have cheap hamburgers, plane tickets, etc., and continue to pay high taxes for support services (food stamps, rent subsidies, emergency rooms, police, prisons, etc.). Or we can vote for a livable minimum wage and pay just a little more for a Big Mac and that plane ticket [“No on SeaTac Prop. 1 for a $15 minimum wage,” Opinion, Oct. 17”].

I choose the livable minimum wage option because that should lead to greater individual self-reliance, dignity and fewer support services. But either way, we pay.

Whether the higher minimum wage should be $15, $13 or $12 is not the issue. The issue is to draw a line and establish a livable minimum wage. You have to start somewhere. It seems to me SeaTac and $15 is a good place to start that conversation.

Robert Koch, Seattle

Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Minimum Wage, SeaTac Prop. 1

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