The Sun editorial board's claim that the minimum wage has lost ground to inflation is misleading ("Raises wages — no strings attached," Sept. 9). The minimum wage is actually worth 6 percent more than it was 20 years ago. And if you pegged the minimum wage to inflation from its creation in 1938, rather than cherry-picking a date that provides a better talking point, it would be just over $4 an hour —far below the current $7.25.
The fact of the matter is that minimum wage hikes kill jobs. That's the conclusion of 85 percent of the most credible studies on the minimum wage from roughly the last two decades, which point to job losses following a minimum wage increase. And that's a consensus that The Sun's editorial board simply can't overcome, no matter how hard it tries.
Michael Saltsman, Washington, D.C.
The writer is research director of the Employment Policies Institute.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun