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February 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

The minimum wage is only relative

A letter to The Times by Tom Franklin citing economic price theory was right on target [“Economics do not support a $15 minimum wage increase,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 29], so I wanted to reiterate it and emphasize a key point.

Part of the problem we are trying to resolve is how to help the people who are trying to carve out a living with a minimum-wage job. Raising the minimum wage would not do that. If it were that simple, it would be done already.

Right now, the lowest paid employees in Washington state are paid $9.32 an hour. They are at the bottom of the totem pole in earnings. If we raise it to $15 an hour, then they would all be making more money but they would still be at the bottom of the totem pole.

Everything is relative. It would not change their status. It would, however, create fewer jobs, cut existing hours and raise prices for everyone, including those who don’t have a job at all.

Sorry, but the solution in this case, lies in individual initiative and effort, not in legislative action.

Gary Brose, Seattle

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