Letter: Minimum wage

April 28, 2014 

The proposal in Seattle to raise the minimum wage in the city limits -- is it a good idea or bad one? I honestly believe that the minimum wage should be raised to $15. It is difficult to find a standard apartment to live in with a price that's not way too much.

Seattle is one of the most expensive places to live in Washington. It is also one of the most educated cities in the country, with an extremely high percentage of residents with bachelor's degrees. Many only earn about $9.32 and hour right now, but that is nowhere close to living expenses in the marvelous city of Seattle. Plus there are additional expenses every month to cover rising costs for transportation, food, clothing and entertainment.

Then again, they did not think about the college students. How they are going to end up working two jobs to help pay off their college? And they need all the extra money they can get for the rent on their apartments. These points really changed my viewpoint on the situation. It might even boost the economy in Seattle with all the people working extra hours for the money.


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