‘It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage’


Dear Editor:

I’m happy to pay more than Pennsylvania’s minimum to the person who helps me keep my home clean and healthy. A person who works should be valued enough to earn a minimum wage of $15 an hour, but that’s not what some Republicans think. Some use that old chestnut that the number of jobs decreases when the minimum wage is increased.

It just ain’t so! Since 1938, the federal minimum wage has increased 22 times. During those 78 years, real GDP per capita (the best way to measure a country’s economy) has steadily increased, despite minimum wage increases. People who earn more spend more.

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