Inflation has hurt minimum wage

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Raising minimum wage would aid many without harming the economy" (Viewpoints, Dec. 3): The minimum wage is in dire need of an increase, as Paul Krugman states in his opinion piece. Working at McDonald's for more than a year, I have seen workers scrape to get by. They have to work several jobs to put food on the table. If the national minimum wage was raised to $10 an hour, it would help all of the workers out tremendously. There are 3.6 million minimum-wage workers in California alone, and they cannot live on their current pay. The state in September approved gradually increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. But if the minimum wage had kept up with the inflation over the past 70 years, it would already be $10.74 an hour.

-- Nick Rajewski, El Dorado Hills

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