I just read Jeremy Ashlock’s letter supporting the referendum on increasing the minimum wage (”Wage increase would help businesses,” Aug. 14). He states that his business in Hallowell, Juiced, pays its employees $8 per hour.

My first question is, what is holding him back from putting his money where his mouth is? Go ahead kick them up to $12 now.

My daughter owns a small business in Portland and has had to increase her minimum pay to $10.10 per hour as of last January thanks to the city of Portland. This resulted in reduced hours open, reduced hours for staff and reduced staff, no bonuses for great workers, no charitable donations, and increased prices.

Restaurant employees in Portland can still get tips, unlike the killer Maine referendum where tips will be eliminated.

Please vote no on Question 4 on Nov. 8.

Larry Davis