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

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.