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Letter: All workers deserve to be paid a fair wage

All workers deserve to be paid a fair wage

We are writing in support of a recent letter advocating for an increase in the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 per hour. That’s $15,080 annually for a full-time worker. Extreme poverty has been cut in half in the last 20 years, and could be virtually eliminated by 2030 if the wage continued to increase.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act would allow an increase to $10.10 per hour. This raise would help families with the cost of housing, food and gas. This increase would help create collateral income and help the economy grow. Raising the wage to $10.10 would also save taxpayers money, because they would no longer have to foot the bill for some programs that use tax dollars to supplement Americans’ low wages, which corporations can afford to pay.

Often the individuals complaining about raising the wages for service workers are also the individuals complaining about their tax dollars going to services to help those living in poverty. So, the question is: Would you rather have the law take care of this problem or would you rather continuously pay into the burden you are helping to create?

It’s time to raise the minimum wage! Hardworking men and women should earn enough to provide basic needs for themselves and their families. We urge readers to contact their lawmakers and show their support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act today.

Ariel Harris

Ellen Goodman

Tonawanda