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May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would support a student; encourage the economy instead

$15 would support a student, and many others

As a high-school student about to graduate, I believe the change in the minimum wage to $15 would be highly effective for all residents in the Seattle [“New poll shows big support for $15 minimum wage,” Local News, May 14]. This new poll that shows big support from a united front of all types of residents, including the younger generation. As our living cost increases in the Seattle, a raise in the minimum wage is highly necessary.

From my perspective, it would help grow our economy and would give a break for those who work from paycheck to paycheck. As a student who will start at the University of Washington in the fall, I will be working part time to pay off my student loans. This raise to a $15 minimum wage would not only help me but all those who are in need in for a higher income.

I am writing this letter to raise awareness and support for the raise of our minimum wage to $15. It would definitely have a powerful impact for those that are starting in the workforce, and more.

Kedus Getaneh, Seattle

Encourage the economy and corporate expansion instead

While I sympathize with those struggling on the minimum wage, let’s take a giant step back and analyze the facts.

First, the minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage. These jobs have historically been held by high-school or college students. Next, in this economy with a huge retraction in career openings, workers have been forced into minimum wage positions.

Lastly, the main problem is with the lack of opportunity available to workers, not the minimum-wage level. The answer is to stimulate the economy and encourage corporate expansion, not to raise a wage that would only hide the real problem.

I hope everyone realizes if the wage level rises, then the costs of goods and services would rise. The net effect would be less demand, thus fewer jobs. Employers would also look for ways to mechanize, which means fewer jobs as well.

Finally, let’s focus on the real problem instead of putting an insufficient Band-Aid on the issue.

Annette Alt, Entiat

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