Can anyone live on $10 per hour?

I read the article “Prosperity for all” in the opinion page of the Sunday Everett Herald by Rep. Luis Moscoso and Rep. Mike Sells and also the article or rebuttal “Politicians don’t know business” by Richard Jauch .

I have no idea what type of business Mr. Jauch is involved in. If it is marketing then I would assume that there is a commission for your employees. Which may be quite a substantial amount. I’m sure minimum wage is not a factor. If he is employing hourly employees in the service industry, manufacturing, or construction, that is completely different.

The president has proposed a minimum wage in the $10-per-hour range. Can anyone consider that a “living wage?”

According to the article by Moscoso and Sells, half of the minimum wage workers are over 40 years old. There are a number of other facts that show the race to the bottom. I would suggest you go to some of Senior Centers and see how many during their working years employed at a minimum wage were not able to acquire a pension or save for their retirement. Many are living only on Social Security. See how many use food stamps, meals on wheels, have no medical plan.

I have one question, if there was no minimum wage what would you consider a fair amount?

Allen L. Wood

Lynnwood

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