Letter: Higher minimum wages hurt developmentally disabled

February 3, 2014 

My daughter is a 21-year-old girl with developmental disabilities; Tiffanie will be graduating from high school this year and we as a family had one goal: "A job when she graduates."

Tiffanie has been working on this goal for six years. It is finally at a point a company has said they would hire her for 10 to 15 hours a week.

If Gov. Inslee raises the minimum wage, Tiffanie will not have a job. State statistics say that each year the minimum wage goes up, employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities go down and those that are employed in the community (less than 10 percent) have less income due to cut to hours.

If this is implemented, our family's goal of community employment will go down the drain. Tiffanie will be dependent on federal programs and she will get poorer and poorer. Prices will go up on hamburgers, groceries, and the movies and Tiffanie's purchasing power will go down.

Tiffanie is fortunate she has a family. What about the seniors or other individuals with developmental disabilities who do not have anyone in their life willing to open up their checkbooks.


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