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Minimum wage has worked in the past

I heartily disagree with Michael Saltzman's opinion that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs ("Job-killer, thy name is minimum wage," Sept. 16). The late '50s and early '60s were probably the most prosperous years in American life, and at that time, the minimum wage was a livable salary.

People earned money, so they spent it on groceries, clothing, housing and the like, and our taxes were reasonable. It was only when minimum wages failed to keep up with the cost of living that many people had to begin to rely on the government for help.

Increasing wages will increase our lives — and eventually reduce our taxes.

Dani Rice, Bradshaw

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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