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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Minimum wage: A model for the nation

The $15 minimum-wage proposal passing is a huge step for the economy [“$15 minimum wage proposal heads to Monday City Council vote,” The Today File, May 29].

Many minimum-wage workers today are not teenage kids, but rather parents and adults who need to support themselves and families. To assume that one can look down on this demographic is just ridiculous.

I hope that this legislation paves a way for the rest of the nation. We need fewer families stretched thin, fewer people working three jobs just to get by. All the prices have inflated, but incomes have not. We need less stress over paying for school, or paying for a meal. This is a fantastic way to strengthen the economy, by giving back to the lower and middle classes.

Businesses aren’t going to be hurt, they have plenty of time to adjust. It’s been written that raising everyone’s minimum wage to $15 would only raise the cost of a Big Mac 68 cents. Sixty-eight cents for millions of lives improved.

The crowded City Council chambers only hammers in the fact that this is the change we need, and now is the time for it.

Jena Lovejoy, Bellingham

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