Employers paying low wages shift burden to government

Dec 11 2012 - 4:16pm

Editor,

A family of five needs to earn $26 per hour in this state to maintain a basic standard of living. The minimum wage paid here is $7.25 per hour, which is 27 percent of what is needed. If two worked, they would make $14.50 per hour before taxes which is 55 percent of what is needed.

It's understandable why so many stay home waiting for government assistance, they can't make it. CEO wages continue to go up while workers wages remain stagnant and government dependency continues to grow. Employers have taken the workers pay increases and benefit packages for themselves and shifted the rest of the burden to the government via food stamps, medical, Section 8 housing, etc.

This is a shame and employers who truly value their workers need to demonstrate how much they care by paying them what they are truly deserving of in both wages and benefits.

Brian Wayman

Layton

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