A case against a minimum-wage hike

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The June 19 letter “Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage” by Richard A. Karlin is profoundly wrongheaded, and I write to correct the record.

When it comes to a person’s earning power, there is no substitute for earned success. Ultimately, compensation must be related to the amount of value a worker adds, which is why a hike in the government-mandated minimum wage would be counterproductive. Increasing the cost to employers of creating and keeping jobs will only make it harder for them to keep their doors open, especially without any commensurate gain in employee skill, experience or productivity.

Also, state intervention in the wage market is not the most direct way to help low-income Pennsylvanians. Income-eligible assistance programs, on which state and federal taxpayers spend many billions every year, are much better designed to reach people in need.

Rising wages and more robust job growth are generated by a healthy economy, which is the top priority for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. He works tirelessly for the pro-growth policies that will help create the opportunity and prosperity all Pennsylvanians deserve. He has consistently reached across the aisle, working to win passage of the JOBS Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama two years ago. More recently, Mr. Toomey has partnered with Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to introduce the Start Up Jobs and Innovation Act, which will help entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses and help them comply with complex federal tax rules.

In this increasingly divided era, we need leaders who will seek out the common ground and build on it. I’m grateful that in Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania has that kind of leader.

David N. Taylor
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

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