The current press for increasing the minimum wage both nationally and locally is justified by appealing to the need for workers to have “a living wage” [“Count restaurant tips in minimum-wage debate,” Opinion, April 18]. As so often happens in public advocacy, this is looking at the situation exactly backward.
The first question when deciding an appropriate wage for any worker is, “Will this person make enough money for the business to justify the wage he or she is paid?”
If an employee’s work cannot add income equal to the amount of his or her wage to the business, it would be a loss; with such losses eventually the business would fail. Then it would make no difference whatever wage has been dictated by the politicians, there would be no business, no job, and no wage.
Marv Brown, Renton