Compensation and Benefits

Minimum wage not meant to raise families

Minimum wage not meant to raise families

I have always been amazed at the fights over minimum wage, (“Advocates, Maryland lawmakers seek to raise minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2023,” Jan. 14)).

First of all, the purpose of minimum wage was to introduce new workers just starting out in lower paying jobs, like McDonalds or a restaurant worker, or apprenticeships to the work environment that encourage people to move up in the employment world. It was never intended to provide a family-raising salary.

Having said that, I often wonder how the magic number of $15 an hour was determined. Seems like...