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Letter: Young and expensive workers?

A couple of relevant facts:

Over half of minimum wage workers are 24 years old or younger.

Over two-thirds of minimum wage workers work part time.

The average family income of a minimum wage worker is over $50,000.

I do not think it is a good idea to make young, unskilled workers so expensive to hire that employers will be tempted to replace their jobs with machines. We have seen too much of that already, and even if the safety net is enough to allow folks to survive, it’s not good for people to be idle.

Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest men in history, grew up very poor. He used to brag about it, saying that he would never have learned the necessary lessons to become rich if he hadn’t been forced to struggle. I don’t want my kids to get a 30 percent raise in one day, and then be stuck at that wage for years. I would rather see the 5 percent of minimum wage workers who are single parents get some welfare help than see teens able to buy that iPhone twice as fast.

Kari Stadem