Brown doesn't understand the problems of small business owners [Letter]

February 21, 2014

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants to be governor and to be responsible for the state's budget, but he displayed his lack of fiscal responsibility in his handling of the Maryland health care exchange and in his statements about raising the minimum wage ("Brown leads Democrats in governor's race, but many undecided," Feb. 15).

He fails to have performance clauses placed in contracts to protect taxpayers from incompetent vendors. And he fails to understand how business works when he says that an increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will put $5,000 in the pockets of minimum-wage workers.

If The Sun would bother to fact check his figure it would discover it is actually $5,928. The difference might seem insignificant to Mr. Brown, but to a small business owner it's money that could be used to pay down debt, pay rent, pay unemployment insurance or any of the other fees the state already imposes.

Small business owners work hard for their dreams and usually risk their savings to realize them.

Mr. Brown, however, seems to think they should be obligated to pay a living wage to those who have no desire to improve their productivity or income by working hard.

What this increase will really do is cause business owners to raise prices or lay off staff.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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