Increasing the minimum wage in Maryland will do nothing but hurt wage earners and businesses ("Miller adds his voice to call for higher minimum wage," Sept. 6). If Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller really want to help wage earners, lower their taxes.

Minimum wage jobs are not meant for someone trying to support a family. They're meant as starter jobs or a retiree's job. But Maryland has slammed wage earners and businesses with exorbitant taxes, so no one is earning enough. Then the state wants to raise minimum wage so the wage earner gets a little more and the state gets more from them in taxes. Who takes the biggest hit? Small businesses.

If small businesses are forced to pay higher wages along with the obscene taxes in Maryland, the only result will be higher unemployment as businesses cut employees or shut down entirely.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills