Letter to the Editor New York Times. 2016

Letter To The Editor
June 2016
I am amazed today at demands by workers and debates by politicians to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, an amount that a best seems arbitrary.

I suggest that the criteria used to determine the minimum wage should not be an arbitrary number that fits well in sound bites. We all would be better served if the criteria upon which the minimum wage is based is very simply- The minimum wage should always be higher than what a person would receive on welfare. This would provide a decent standard of living for the working poor, an incentive to work over welfare, and a rational basis for future changes in the minimum wage. A win -win for all.

Ronnyjane Goldsmith
1234 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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