A low-wage hike is no incentive to quit school

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I usually get a good chuckle when I read George F. Will’s column, trying hard to grasp the intended meaning behind his intellectual ramblings, but his recent “Raise the Minimum Wage?” (Dec. 16) had me laughing out loud. Does he really believe that raising the minimum wage would increase the high school dropout rate?

Yes, I can see the rush out the classroom door right now, forsaking a high school diploma, not to mention any hopes of a college education, in pursuit of all those “high paying” jobs. Which, even assuming a raise from the current $7.25 to $10.10 would pretty much guarantee the dropout a lifetime earning below the federal poverty level. What an incentive to leave school early!

GARY MULHOLLAND
Edgewood


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