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It is also asserted that all minimum-wage workers are breadwinners of their families. However, many, perhaps a majority, of minimum-wage workers are students living with their parents who work for spending money, not to support a family.
Certainly the working poor need help, but not mentioned are the myriad social programs available to supplement their wages including those at the federal, state and local levels, plus those of religious and civic groups and many businesses themselves.
The editors are urged to present a balanced view of this issue and bear in mind that others may be affected, not just the wealthy and the impoverished. The minimum-wage measure could leave a small-business owner with perhaps three options--raise prices, reduce staff or close; the first two possibly only delaying the last. In the scenario described above, the proposed minimum-wage measure may have the unintended effect of 10 employees losing their jobs, plus their employer losing his or her business and job.
Mark F. Kavlick