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March 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Minimum wage: Candidate for DelBene’s seat clears up stance

The Seattle Times article “GOP rival may push Rep. DelBene to tap Microsoft wealth again” [Local News, March 4] mistakenly asserts that I oppose an increase in the minimum wage.

I am open to an increase in the minimum wage. What I do oppose are politically driven attempts to increase the minimum wage by an arbitrary number. While a large increase in the minimum wage would certainly help lift many people out of poverty, it would also mean many people would not be able to get a job in the first place.

Other negative impacts would mean that programs designed to help the least fortunate would be forced to lay off employees and reduce services, or even close their doors.

This is a complex issue to which I will give careful consideration. My focus, however, will be on more than just a simple increase in the minimum wage. I am just as intent on finding ways to move people out of minimum wage jobs and into better paying, higher skill employment so they can provide stability and opportunity for their families. After all, the minimum wage should be a starting wage from where workers can advance their careers

Pedro Celis, Redmond

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