HILLSBOROUGH: Minimum wage should stay flat

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To the editor:
Recently, raising minimum wage has been a largely debated topic. Many people are in favor of this because they believe that it would mean having all minimum wage jobs pay their employees more. However, this is not the case. If the minimum wage were to raise, many companies would not be able to afford as many employees, so people would end up losing jobs and their wage all together.
Companies like McDonald’s have started to experiment with electronics to take orders instead of having employees do it. Minimum wage jobs are not meant to support a family, they are for teenagers and other low skilled workers. They are supposed to be a starter job, where a person can gain some work experience, and then move up from there.
Of course making more money at a fairly simple job seems like a great idea, but based on the facts this would not happen. Raising minimum wage would also raise the price of products produced, so even if people are paid more they will have to pay more as well. In the long run raising the minimum wage just doesn’t make sense, it is extremely more complicated than what people make it seem and in the end it would do more harm than good.
Minimum wage should stay they same, so more jobs stay available and companies don’t find other alternatives to human employees.
Bella Kurtas
Hillsborough