I am very disappointed that The Sun is advocating a veto of the $15 an hour wage hike supported by most members of the Baltimore City Council ("Pugh should veto $15 an hour minimum wage," March 21). The Sun does an excellent job of noting the pros and cons and then reaches the wrong conclusion.

The Sun notes that Gov. Larry Hogan would never support a statewide pay increase to $15 per hour. That is simply another reason for making sure he is not re-elected. Governor Hogan has already shown his disdain for the citizens of Baltimore. We get it. Lower-level employees are always the scapegoats when businesses fail.

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There are many obvious reasons why a business fails. People may not be interested in the product or service. The business owner may have developed a poor business model or the market may be saturated with no room for additional competition. I did learn something from this editorial. It is very important for employees and their friends and family members in the surrounding counties of Baltimore and Washington to press their county council members to join Baltimore in adopting this same fair wage legislation. The idea that a small business will relocate from Baltimore City to an adjoining county doesn't make sense in the short or long term as it is only a matter of time before these counties will increase the minimum wage.

Legislation that would benefit all would be to set a ceiling on the salaries of the high-level executives of so-called nonprofit institutions. We want to live in a society where people are treated more fairly. A small step in that direction is the passage of the $15 minimum wage in Baltimore. I trust that Mayor Catherine Pugh will sign this legislation if she really is sincere about having the interests of all of the citizens of the city at heart.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

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