Minimum pay not meant to be ‘living’

With all this nonsense being spewed about raising the minimum wage, I would like to offer a long-standing perspective. Minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage. It has always and should remain a starting point for young people to enter the workplace. When they have gained some skills and add value to the market place by either on the job training or education, then and only then should they be afforded a raise.

You see, by taking the incentive out of moving up the ladder, we effectively have neutered our job progression system. Not to mention the rising cost of goods and services, as each of these employers will raise their prices to compensate for the wage increases. The only people that will truly get hurt are the low wage earners as they will have to pay more for the goods and services which they cannot afford.

Let’s get smarter and encourage an incentive based system where hard working people get rewarded for their efforts instead of making a comfortable bed where they are comfortable and essentially putting others out of work and the prospect of less entry-level jobs.

Greg Jones

Edmonds

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Feb. 24

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Lawmakers again exempt themselves from records act

Lawmakers are trying to avoid a court ruling on state law that applies to all others in government.

Schwab: Russians still coming, yet Trump sits on his hands

‘They’re laughing their asses off in Moscow,’ tweets Donald the Wordsmith, oblivious to the irony.

Eugene Robinson can stop; we know Trump shortcomings

It’s very sad to keep hearing from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson… Continue reading

God, not Putin, decided election’s outcome

Regarding Penny Whites Feb. 13 letter to the editor, “God is not… Continue reading

Why I have a poor attitude about this state

Trump hate just continues in this state even though the economy is… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Feb. 23

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Thiessen: Vote against tax break may work against Democrats

As workers study their pay stubs, they’re noticing that the GOP tax cut is more than a ‘crumbs.’

Ignatius: Powers now in Syria need a path toward stability

The proxy war in Syria is growing in complexity and danger as Israel and Iran square off.

Most Read