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December 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Minimum wage should be raised

$15 is still not enough

Outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn assures us that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will have no negative effect on employment or consumer prices [“$15 pay push: Seattle’s turn,” page one, Dec. 5].

What I don’t understand, though, is why only $15? An annual income of $30,000 is hardly a livable wage in a city where the average home price is in the mid six figures. So why not a $40 minimum wage? $80,000 would be a much more livable wage in Seattle.

So tell us, Mayor McGinn, why are you not proposing a $40-an-hour minimum wage?

— David Ossorio, Newcastle

Raise the minimum wage gradually

I think it is great that workers are taking a stand ["Seattle on front line of push for raising minimum wage," Online, Dec. 7]. Although minimum wage workers are only a small section of our local workers, it is just as important that they at least have the ability to live. People in such extreme situations, such as Dallas Brazier, a Burger King worker, deserve better pay for what they go through.

I also support the idea of making it a gradual process. Raising the minimum wage by nearly $6 overnight would be very tough on all businesses that will be affected by the raise.

— Adam Derr, Bellevue

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