Letter: Minimum wage

July 8, 2014 

In a recent letter to the editor, a writer wrote (thanking the governor and Legislature for):

"No increase in Idaho's minimum wage. This bad idea always results in layoffs and reduced hours, hurting most those it is intended to help. There is no magic wand that makes your work worth more tomorrow than it was yesterday."

This mindset is part of what helps to keep Idaho's poverty-based economy intact, helping Idaho fluctuate between first and second in the nation for minimum (poverty) wage paying jobs, widening the inequality gap between those who have and those who have not. Yes, an increase in the minimum wage may result in some layoffs/reduced hours, however, that will be proved to be short-lived, resulting in the creation of higher-paying jobs.

The belief that there are those who do not deserve to earn a livable wage ("There is no magic wand that makes your work worth more tomorrow than it was yesterday.") goes to the very core of the "war on the poor."

Everyone who is willing to work full time deserves to earn a livable wage!

Stanley Huffaker, Caldwel

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