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November 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Potential $15 minimum wage is insane

Washington already has the highest minimum wage, no need to go higher

The last several days I have been shaking my head in disbelief. I finally had to say something [“SeaTac minimum-wage measure leads by 46 votes,” Online, Nov. 16].

Can citizens now bring up an initiative and vote on a pay raise for themselves?

You may say no, it’s also people voting who will not get a raise. But let me tell you that those people are voting ‘yes’ because they know if everyone else in the area is getting a raise, they will have more leverage to demand more pay as well.

Now I ask you, are we in “Alice in Wonderland” and I just fell through the rabbit hole?

This has got to be — or should be — unconstitutional for citizens to vote themselves a pay raise. Washington already has the highest minimum wage of any state at $9.19 per hour. But to raise it by $5.81 per hour more is totally insane.

Why $15 per hour? Why not $20 or $30? Why stop at $15? What will be next? Could Social Security recipients vote for a doubling of their benefits?

Could our elected leaders vote for a huge increase in their salaries? (Actually, unfortunately, they can — it just can’t apply until after the next election.)

This can of worms should never be opened. Someone who has skin in this game should take this to court and have it thrown out before real damage to our economy can occur.

Sure, it’s nice to get paid lots of money. But know that these mandated higher wages would have a huge negative impact. Just look at government jobs and you’ll see where higher mandated wages have created a level of complacency and incompetence that we all have to live with.

We certainly need a two-term limit for those jokers in public office. Good luck Seattle and SeaTac. I hope your insanity does not spread to Kitsap County.

Pauline Cornelius, Olalla

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