Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Minimum wage hike hurts


In a recent Sun article, "Labor officials bring minimum wage push to Baltimore" (May 14), a researcher from the labor union-supported Economic Policy Institute claims that the "majority of minimum-wage earners work for large companies in the retail, fast-food and hospitality sectors, not for small businesses."

This is not true: Two-thirds of lower-wage workers are at businesses with 100 or more employees, not "large companies." These 100-employee businesses could just as well be a small restaurant franchisee with five locations or a regional grocery store chain with three locations.

That's not the only thing the Economic Policy Institute gets wrong: Contrary to their claim, 85 percent of the best research from the last two decades finds job loss following a mandated wage hike.

Michael Saltsman, Washington, D.C.

The writer is research director of the Employment Policies Institute.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Do we reward hard work or not? [Letter]
    Do we reward hard work or not? [Letter]

    In regard to Dan Rodricks' recent column on the minimum wage and tipped workers ("Questioning wage law built on the kindness of strangers," April 18), I was following along with Dan's arguments up until his last sentence, "and I thought that in America we like to see...

  • Paid employee sick leave is good for business in Maryland
    Paid employee sick leave is good for business in Maryland

    The hard work and vitality of employees are crucial to any business' success. It makes good business sense to take care of employees in order to retain a loyal and healthy workforce and to attract top talent. That's why I provide paid sick days for the people who work for me.