Higher-wage fans didn’t do the math

Albuquerque Journal - - OP-ED -

THEY JUST AN­NOUNCED that Gov. Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham filled her last po­si­tion. But ap­par­ently she missed filling the most im­por­tant po­si­tion for the state, an econ­o­mist. Once again Democrats are vot­ing to raise the min­i­mum wage, which in turn raises the cost of liv­ing for ev­ery­one. We don’t need prices sky­rock­et­ing be­cause busi­nesses now need to raise prices to pay their em­ploy­ees who earn the min­i­mum. We need the econ­omy sta­bi­lized so that cit­i­zens can af­ford food, rent, util­i­ties and gas to go to and from work or shop­ping. His­tory shows that rais­ing the min­i­mum wage only weak­ens the econ­omy and makes ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the poor, poorer. Do we re­ally have enough street cor­ners in NM to ac­com­mo­date all the home­less this will cre­ate?

Gov. (Lu­jan) Gr­isham, state leg­is­la­tors please, in­stead of these con­tin­ual wage in­creases, sta­bi­lize the econ­omy! Fix prices for cer­tain goods so the poor can af­ford them. Fix the econ­omy so that even those earn­ing the min­i­mum can sur­vive. Don’t decrease the num­ber of mid­dle­class cit­i­zens and in­crease those on poverty. Let’s end poverty, not add to it. RICHARD WITTIE Rio Ran­cho

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