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Reader's view: Minnesota's minimum wage is an insult on justice

The News Tribune Opinion page's recent series about proposals to raise Minnesota's minimum wage was somewhat annoying. It quoted Mike Hickey of the National Federation of Independent Business who said $9.50 would be, "by far, the highest minimum ...

The News Tribune Opinion page's recent series about proposals to raise Minnesota's minimum wage was somewhat annoying.

It quoted Mike Hickey of the National Federation of Independent Business who said $9.50 would be, "by far, the highest minimum wage in the country." But the proposed increase to $9.50 would be a stepped increase, as I understand the proposal; $9.50 would be the minimum wage in 2015. The state of Washington's 2014 rate is $9.19. New legislation in other states easily could top Washington's. In 2015, $9.50 will be notable, but hardly, and likely the highest minimum wage in the nation.

Minnesota's Democratic Farmer Labor Party is showing too much restraint.

A $7.25-an-hour wage is an insult, a misery-causing blight on mankind and justice. It is wage slavery and a corporate tax on all of us who help sustain people making minimum wage. It drives property taxes up and property values down. An increase to $9.50 would grow the economy and broaden the tax base. Any politicians who don't understand this do not deserve to serve in any office.

A $7.25 minimum wage drags down the wages of everyone else.

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For instance, some of the new mines on the Iron Range reportedly pay only $11 an hour to some workers. Imagine that. We Minnesotans are giving up our nonrenewable natural resources for $11-an-hour jobs. Three generations of iron miners just rolled over in their graves. Minnesota should have a minimum wage specifically for mining of $20 an hour. If the new mines pay only $11, the ore can stay in the ground.

Mike Kuitu

Duluth

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