Voting against raising the minimum wage and also voting against the food stamp program doesn’t make sense for Republicans. Raising the minimum wage would take a large number of working Americans off the food stamp program and would cut the deficit and reduce so-called socialism in our government.

Republicans continue to make the false claim that raising minimum wage costs jobs. A statistical comparison between the unemployment rate and the minimum wage rate for each state shows that there is no correlation between job creation and the minimum wage. A simple business analysis shows that companies can offset increases in minimum wage with very small price increases. The job-killer assertion is just a scare tactic.

The question we should all ask is: Who are the politicians serving when they vote against raising the minimum wage?

Peter KonieczkoAugusta