Job pay used to reflect worker's skill, not need

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Re "Raise minimum wage now" (Letters, Dec. 7): I'm writing in reaction to a letter urging raising the national minimum wage. Maybe it is because I come from a slightly older generation, but we always thought minimum wage was for entry-level jobs for young people to make a little extra money while they were going to school or starting out in life. Minimum wage jobs were never perceived to be work to support a family on. Also, we believed the pay for any job was determined by the level of skill, education or risk necessary to perform the work. Pay was never based solely on the need to support a family or one's self. Minimum wage jobs used to be an incentive to get training or education that enabled you to improve your economic well-being.

-- John Hightower, Orangevale

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