When the rent or the price of tomatoes goes up, business owners either absorb the increase or pass it on to their customers. If that item causes the business to close, you can be sure that other problems exist. However, if there is a suggestion of an increase in the minimum wage, we are deluged by promises that it will cause vast unemployment and rampant business closures ("O'Malley backs indexing of minimum wage," Jan. 8).
But here's the rub. It's hard to find good tomatoes but easy to find desperate people who will work for low wages. That's an unfortunate fact of a market-driven economy. Only in a perfect world do businesses value their employees more than their tomatoes.
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