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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Raising minimum wage causes all wages to rise

For years, I owned and operated two small fast-food restaurants. Each year when the minimum wage increased, I had to raise my prices to offset the higher wage cost [“Stop insulting minimum-wage workers, Opinion, Feb. 18]. Controlling the costs from wages is extremely crucial to every small business.

And, with every wage increase to those earning below the new minimum wage I had to increase every employee’s wages by at least the same amount or by the same percentage. If any politician or others think this is not a reality, they are sorely mistaken. If each employee does not get the same raise, the best employees look for other work. Then, I lose more money training new employees at a higher rate than I can afford.

Also, raising prices does cause a drop in gross sales and that hits  the bottom line hard. In fact, every year that there was an increase in the minimum wage, I did have to cut the hours of my staff.

Jim Robinson, Waterville

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