Raise skill level instead of raising minimum wage

2014-02-10T00:00:00Z Raise skill level instead of raising minimum wage nwitimes.com
February 10, 2014 12:00 am

After I watched the president's State of the Union address, I wondered why he thinks raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will solve America's problems with poverty.

The minimum wage was designed for young workers to get jobs and gain experience. These typically are the high school students and in some cases college students home during the summer.

If you have multiple kids, little to no education, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 won't solve the problem. Money can't solve the problem for people who have made poor choices growing up.

The more you raise the minimum wage, the more the workplace will be forced to discriminate with their hires and raise prices. If the president wants to create an environment where the workplace pays its workers more, then he should push for people to elevate their skills and education.

- Greg Simms, Valparaiso

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