Re "Brown signs minimum wage hike" (Page A1, Sept. 26): Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill increasing the minimum wage from the current $8 per house to $9 in 2014 and $10 in 2016.
My business has employed adults and our professionals teach them office etiquette and technical skills. The employer expense is much greater than $10 per hour. We pay a matching amount of Social Security and Medicare, worker's compensation, state unemployment and federal unemployment. The total out of pocket is 15.55 percent above the $10 per hour.
My receptionist was job ready: She answered telephones, dressed appropriately and had other skills for which I paid her $10 per hour. Most people do not stay at minimum wage; they learn additional skills and are promoted based on their knowledge and ability.
Minimum wage should not be confused with a living wage. It is an entitlement forced upon the private sector to support people who have not proven themselves in the workforce.
-- Beth Symons, Galt