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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Minimum wage: Prices for senior services could surge

Thanks to Seattle Times reporting, we know about effects of a $15 minimum wage on baristas and burger prices [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21].

But what about impacts for seniors and the disabled? Vague references to nonprofits is the only clue that anything more than restaurant prices is at stake.

But services to seniors and the disabled — assisted-living facilities, home-chore services, respite care — could surge in price if the minimum wage immediately increases in Seattle by 62 percent.

Services provided by public agencies would require increased funding by taxpayers. But private services would hit seniors and the disabled directly. In-depth reporting by The Times on this aspect of the minimum wage issue would be welcome.

Eileen Crawford, Seattle

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