Janis Ramquist: Pay a living wage

November 25, 2013 

Thank you for the Nov. 17 news article “4 years, 4 jobs, only 1 raise” about Rene Wilkins and how she works full-time for the state yet needs to hold down three additional jobs to support her children.

Poverty wages result in the need for one person to hold multiple jobs. It seems pretty simple: If we required all employers to pay a living wage, unemployment rates would drop because people could hold just one job. Lower unemployment rates mean more consumers stimulating the economy. As a taxpayer I am outraged that my taxes are going to pay poverty wages to hard-working people (including teachers) while paying “administrators” and 24-year-old political hacks hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars.

Janis Ramquist


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