It has become apparent from our study of ways in which poverty can best be addressed that providing employees with a minimum or preferably a “living wage” helps. It increases participation in the overall economy and contributes to greater mental and physical well-being in a community.
With this in mind, we wish to commend and thank the Wake County Board of Commissioners for its recent forward-looking action of raising the minimum wage of county employees to $13.50 per hour (“Board raises base pay for employees,” Nov. 17 news article).
We sincerely hope that the city of Raleigh will follow suit (as have several other North Carolina municipalities) soon!
Economic Justice Task Force of Community UCC