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Isn’t it time to raise state minimum wage?

Letter: Darcy James Boise

We have just been through a season of generosity. Many of us stretched our Christmas budgets to buy toys for needy children, festive foods for struggling families, coats for the homeless, and so on. And we were happy to do so.

From Thanksgiving to the end of the year, our hearts are open to the needy in our communities. Now let’s take the next step and ask ourselves a few questions.

Shouldn’t I as a buyer be willing to pay a few dimes more for coffee if it would give the people who serve me a more livable income? Shouldn’t I as an employer see my workers as neighbors, not just units in a labor market? Why should I, as a manager, feel entitled to an ever-rising standard of living while the wages of those who actually make my product remain flat for years?

Isn’t it time to raise wages so that more of our neighbors can make their own gift choices? An increase in Idaho’s minimum wage would be a good place to start.

Darcy James



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