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Minimum Wage


To The Editor:

With the minimum wage going up 15 percent and the sales tax going one cent on a dollar, this will mean things that cost me $1 yesterday are going to cost me $1.16 tomorrow.

You know all the stores and other businesses are going to have to raise their prices to pay for the increase of doing business. How am I going to be able to pay this increase when I only received a 1.7 percent increase in Social Security this year.

I know these people living on the minimum wage are having a hard time, but how can they afford to buy a $30,000-40,000 vehicle, snowmobiles, campers and still have money to buy the essentials to live?

Although this raise will eliminate some families from receiving food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits from the county, state and federal government, maybe the taxes we pay will go down some.

The people receiving over the minimum wage now, also have to have their wages increase by the $1.25 that a lot of small businesses can not afford. More people will be laid off and have to go on unemployment or Social Services.

Small businesses are the backbone of this country and keep it going, but a lot of them will have to close, it would be a lot easier on them if the raise was smaller and done over a longer period of time.

Paul Charleston

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