Higher wages will bring higher prices [Letter]

January 20, 2014

I agree with Laura Howell about who gets hurt by wage hikes, but she left out the group hurt the most ("Minimum wage debate ignores key group," Jan. 16). Those of us on fixed income like Social Security will see a drastic decline in our purchasing power. If we raised wages at the same rate as Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (1 percent) that would be an unacceptable 7 cents.

Yes, it's time to raise the minimum wage, but these jobs are about paying your dues, giving employers a chance to evaluate candidates for training and advancement.

I fear the upcoming elections will influence how big a raise the unskilled will get. I know I won't be buying $5 cups of gas station coffee.

Dan Shannahan, Fullerton

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