Letters to the Editor

$1,500 minimum wage? Why have any minimum at all?

Regarding the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage, why not $150 per hour? Or $1,500? I live and work in Olympia and I could live a lot better on $1,500 per hour or even $150 per hour than I do, now. Not that my employer could afford to pay me that much, but they can make up for it by hiring fewer entry level employees and by passing on the cost of my higher wages to the rest of you.

Or here’s a thought: We could eliminate the minimum wage altogether. But wouldn’t that allow predatory employers to take advantage and exploit workers? Not in a truly free market, where employers and workers are unconstrained by artificial (read political) limits on their ability to create businesses and work.

Rod Van Mechelen