Topic: Washington state minimum wage
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October 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Has anyone taken the time to consider what rapidly rising wages will do to seniors on fixed incomes? [“Minimum-wage boost: Would it pay off? page one, Oct. 14].
While many are trying to nearly double the minimum wage, The Seattle Times headline stated, “Social Security raise for 2014 to be among lowest” [news, Oct. 14]. This is a continuation of very low Social Security increases for several years and baby boomers are retiring in droves.
A local grocery manager indicated that her top nonmanagement pay scale is about $16 per hour. If the minimum wage is raised, the store will have to raise virtually all of its employee pay rates. It will be inevitable that food prices and many other products will rise sharply again, hurting the most vulnerable among us.
Kenneth Kerr, Normandy Park
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