Bill Kuch and Lori Claffee

Subsidizing unlivable minimum wage hurts state economy as a whole

There's something I don't get about the furious opposition from some against raising the minimum wage.

The minimum wage has been periodically raised since 1935. Has the sky fallen? Has the economy collapsed? Have so many minimum-wage earners lost their jobs as to completely wipe out any benefits to workers and economy?

These current “Chicken Little” arguments against raising the minimum wage are exactly as they have been for about 80 years.

People who say raising the wage would be government “interference” are missing the point. The government has “interfered” in the economy to benefit U.S. workers and their families in the past. Without it, we'd be back in the early 19th century. Was the creation of Social Security an interference?...

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