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By Lewis L McFarland
Goldendale 

We need higher wages

Letter to the Editor

 


To the Editor:

In response to last week’s guest commentary by Don C. Brunell, I would like to present the following facts.

If the minimum wage of 1976 was adjusted for inflation and some production increase, it would be $15 per hour. The percentage average income increase per family since 2007 was 8.3 percent; the median net worth of a family in 2010 was $77,300 and in 2007 was $126,400—this is for the U.S. as a whole. The median net worth of a family in Klickitat County is less that the U.S. average due to the continuing decrease in real estate values here in the county.

According to the State of Washington, the poverty rate in Klickitat County is 19.5 percent, with an unemployment r...



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Reader Comments
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SueJorg writes:

Mr. Brunell is correct the fixing the economy is key. The premise for raising the min wage is that the small businesses in your town,(remember to make this personal see their faces) keep all that nasty profit for their-selves and don't share it with their employees. Raising the minimum wage beyond what the economy will bear simply causes job loss, more minimum wage workers,less money in the pocket of local companies to hire more workers, decreasing hours for employees, they must offer less services, and in the end will cause businesses that are teetering on the edge to close creating more unemployment. Basic Economics: Wages can't outpace profit Improve the profit margin to help the economy

 
 
 

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